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The Lake Campus

The Lake Campus

The Lake Campus of Wright State University, located on 173 scenic acres on the north shore of beautiful Grand Lake St. Marys between Celina and St. Marys, is an excellent option. Easily accessible to the residents of Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Allen, and Darke counties, the Lake Campus enables students to maintain ties to local communities and families. With an enrollment of more than 1200 students and an average class size of 15, it is also a good option for students who prefer a smaller school.

The Lake Campus offers numerous associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus a variety of general education courses and preprofessional programs. The Lake Campus also participates in the Ohio Transfer Module, which simplifies transferring credits to other universities.

The Wright State University-Lake Campus was created in 1962 and became a regional branch campus of Wright State University in June 1969. In 1972, the college moved to its present location on Grand Lake St. Marys. In August 2009 the Lake Campus completed a massive $9 million renovation and expansion project that included new and refurbished classrooms, new science labs, and the 300-seat Dicke Hall, a multipurpose room for both University and community use.

The construction project added a new, centralized entrance, where all Student Services are now located, including: Admissions, Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar's Offices; and academic advising, testing, and career services. A receptionist is available during business hours to answer questions, set up appointments with an academic advisor, and give students descriptive material. The administrative wing of Dwyer Hall, which was also renovated in 2009, houses the offices of the dean and associate dean, as well as the business manager, education officers and Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Development Office.


The process for becoming a new student at Wright State University-Lake Campus involves several important steps. This section describes and explains these steps so that students can understand and follow the process and make informed decisions about services that might help in the registration process.

Steps for Students New to Wright State University-Lake Campus:
  1. Apply and complete admission process
  2. Inquire about financial aid, if needed
  3. Take placement tests
  4. Attend orientation program
  5. Meet with an advisor
  6. Register for classes
  7. Pay quarterly fees
  8. Seek academic assistance
Ohio students who have graduated from a state-chartered high school and completed the recommended college preparatory curriculum are eligible to apply for unconditional admission. Out-of-state students, however, must present evidence of above-average ability to do college work. Students who do not meet the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis. Based upon the review of a completed admission file, the applicant may be offered unconditional or conditional admission to the university. Some applicants who do not meet the requirements may have their admission deferred pending satisfactory completion of developmental or remedial courses.

Admission to the university does not automatically guarantee admission to a major program of study; major programs of study have specific entrance requirements that must be met.

High School Preparation
Wright State University has adopted a college preparatory curriculum policy. The university requires applicants to have a high school record that meets the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Articulation between Secondary Education and Ohio Colleges. Students who do not meet the high school course requirements may be admitted to the university with conditions and will be required to remove deficiencies before they can graduate from Wright State University.

The following table summarizes the college preparatory course requirements and indicates how deficiencies may be removed.

Subject Area/Requirement Removal of Deficiencies
English—four units Pass ENG 101*
Mathematics—three units
(including Algebra I and II)
Pass MTH 126 or MTH 127*
Social Sciences—three units
(including two units in history)
Complete two general education courses in history and an additional general education course in either history or human behavior.
Science—three units Complete the general education requirement in natural sciences. A one-term lecture/ lab course removes up to one unit of deficiency.
Foreign Language—two units
(in the same foreign or classical language through level II)
Pass courses through the 103 level or demonstrate proficiency by examination.
Arts—one unit Complete one general education course in Fine and Performing Arts.

* Initial enrollment in English and mathematics courses will be determined by placement testing. Algebra I and Foreign Language I may be taken in eighth grade.

Degree-Seeking Students

Beginning Freshman
Students beginning college with the intention of earning a degree must submit the following to be considered for admission:
  1. Undergraduate application
  2. $30 nonrefundable application fee
  3. High school transcript (partial one at time of application, final one at end of senior year) or official GED scores
  4. College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form
  5. Official ACT or SAT scores
Transfer Students
Students who have registered for 12 or more quarter hours at another college are considered transfer students. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, students must submit the following:
  1. Undergraduate application
  2. $30 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from each college previously attended
  4. High school transcript (required of the following students)
    • High school graduates of 1986 or before who are transferring with fewer than 12 quarter (nine semester) hours
    • High school graduates of 1987 or after who are transferring with fewer than 45 quarter (30 semester) hours
  5. College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form (required of the following students)
    • High school graduates of 2000 or after who are transferring with fewer than 45 quarter (30 semester) hours. 1987 or after graduates with fewer than 45 hours must fulfill any high school deficiencies even though they do not need to submit the college prep form.
All transfer students with at least a C average are eligible for admission to the university; admission to most colleges and schools requires a higher GPA. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA who have been out of college for more than five years do not have to petition to transfer to Wright State. However, those students with less than a 2.0 GPA who have attended college within the past five years must petition for admission. The petition forms are available in the Student Services Office and must be submitted along with the other applications materials outlined above. Students who have been dismissed from another institution will not be considered for admission to Wright State for one calendar year after their dismissal.

Students who have been granted "fresh start" or "academic bankruptcy" at another institution must have earned a minimum of 12 hours at the same institution before Wright State will recognize the recalculated GPA for admission purposes.

Transfer Credit Regulations
  1. Students' credits must have been earned at an institution that is regionally accredited.
  2. Transfer students are subject to all Wright State requirements, including minimum course grades and GPAs, for entrance to particular majors and programs. Transfer students who must repeat courses to meet these requirements will follow the same rules for repeating courses as students who begin at Wright State (see "Scholastic Policies" in this catalog). Grades of "pass" and "credit" are considered for transfer credit.

    In compliance with the Ohio Transfer and Articulation Policy, credit for all grades of D and higher in college-level classes will be posted for students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from an Ohio public institution.

    Ohio Transfer and Articulation Policy was revised effective Fall 2005 for grades in courses completed outside an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. As of Fall 2005 and thereafter, a student must have earned a course grade of D or higher (according to the definition of grades currently used at Wright State) to transfer credit for that course. Previous policy required that a student earn a grade of C or higher to transfer credit for the course. However, students who completed courses before Fall 2005 with a grade of D may request that credits be posted for those courses. Forms for submitting these requests are available in the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Any credit earned through correspondence study or as a part of an off-campus study program are subject to the same regulations as other transfer credit.
  4. Students who have completed three-fourths or more of the Wright State quarterly credit hour requirement for a course or sequence may receive credit for that course or sequence. For example, two three-credit hour courses in English composition may be considered the equivalent of ENG 101 and 102 (8 credit hours).
  5. Academic advisors will determine how students' transfer credits are to be used toward the requirements for their major. If there are exceptions to the application of transfer credit, the dean of the major college or school involved will make the decision.
  6. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students of their admission to University College, or the appropriate college.
  7. General education requirements for most transfer students will be determined on a course-by-course evaluation.
  8. Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (see Transfer Credit Regulation number 1) and wish to pursue a second baccalaureate degree will automatically receive 138 quarter credit hours. They will be ranked as seniors. An advisor will determine how many credits these students will have to complete to receive their second degree.
  9. All religion courses taught by a religion department in any state college or university will be considered for transfer credit. These courses are subject to other applicable Transfer Credit Regulations. Religion courses taught by all other colleges must be approved by the religion department before transfer credit is granted.
  10. Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.4 or higher may be eligible to graduate with Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude). For the purpose of determining honors, the student's GPA at Wright State will be recalculated to include all posted transfer grades; however this recalculated GPA will not be reflected on the student's academic record. The recalculated GPA may result in the loss of honors status at graduation.
  11. The Wright State University grading system does not award "+" and "-" grades. Students transferring courses and associated grades to Wright State University from institutions under a "+" and "-" grading system will be evaluated and receive a transfer grade based on the Wright State University grading system. For example, grades of C+, C, or C- will be evaluated as a C for transfer to Wright State University
Institutional Transfer
The Ohio Board of Regents in 1990, following a directive of the 119th Ohio General Assembly, developed the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy to facilitate students' ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. A subsequent policy review and recommendations produced by the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council in 2004, together with mandates from the 125th Ohio General Assembly in the form of Amended Substitute House Bill 95, have prompted improvements of the original policy. While all state-assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the transfer policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements. In support of improved articulation and transfer processes, the Ohio Board of Regents will establish a transfer clearinghouse to receive, annotate, and convey transcripts among state-assisted colleges and universities. This system is designed to provide standardized information and help colleges and universities reduce undesirable variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.

Transfer Module
The Ohio Board of Regents’ Transfer and Articulation Policy established the Transfer Module, which is a subset or entire set of a college or university's general education curriculum in A.A., A.S. and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire transfer module. The Transfer Module contains 54-60 quarter hours or 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 5-6 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module. Courses for the Transfer Module should be 100- and 200-level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Each state-assisted university, technical and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Transfer Module.

Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Transfer Module course(s) or the full Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Transfer Module portion of Institution R's general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Transfer Module courses on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer Assurance Guides
Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) comprise Transfer Module courses and additional courses required for an academic major. A TAG is an advising tool to assist Ohio university and community and technical college students planning specific majors to make course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across the state’s higher-education system. A number of area-specific TAG pathways in the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, science, engineering, engineering technologies, and the social sciences have been developed by faculty teams. TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Students may elect to complete the full TAG or any subset of courses from the TAG. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of a student's intended major is encouraged.

Conditions for Transfer Admission

  1. Ohio residents with associate degrees from state-assisted institutions and a completed, approved Transfer Module shall be admitted to a state institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college-level courses. Further, these students shall have admission priority over out-ofstate associate degree graduates and transfer students.
  2. When students have earned associate degrees but have not completed a Transfer Module, they will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students if they have grade point averages of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses.
  3. In order to encourage completion of the baccalaureate degree, students who are not enrolled in an A.A. or A.S. degree program but have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students.
  4. Students who have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree or who have not earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of credit with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses are eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.
  5. Incoming transfer students admitted to a college or university shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with students native to the receiving institution.

Admission to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be automatically admitted to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration at the institution. Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as native students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed at the receiving institution.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit
To recognize courses appropriately and provide equity in the treatment of incoming transfer students and students native to the receiving institution, transfer credit will be accepted for all successfully completed college-level courses completed in and after fall 2005 from Ohio stateassisted institutions of higher education. Students who successfully completed A.A. or A.S. degrees prior to fall 2005 with a 2.0 or better overall grade point average would also receive credit for all college-level course they have passed. (See Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, Definition of Passing Grade and Appendix D) While this reflects the baseline policy requirement, individual institutions may set equitable institutional policies that are more accepting. Pass/fail courses, credit by examination courses, experiential learning courses, and other nontraditional credit courses that meet these conditions will also be accepted and posted to the student record.

Responsibilities of Students
In order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet the requirements of a degree program at the receiving institution. Students should use the Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, and Course Applicability System for guidance in planning the transfer process. Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution's major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both their advisor and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Appeals Process
Following the evaluation of a student transcript from another institution, the receiving institution shall provide the student with a statement of transfer credit applicability. At the same time, the institution must inform the student of the institution’s appeals process. The process should be multi-level and responses should be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.

Transition Students
Wright State University Lake Campus students who wish to register for WSU Dayton Campus classes do not have to reapply or be readmitted to WSU. These transition students are already WSU students and are merely changing the location in which they are taking WSU classes. Students transitioning from the Lake to Dayton Campus are encouraged to contact a University College advisor unless they have been accepted into a specific college, in which case the student would contact an advisor in their college.

If a student graduates with an associate degree and chooses to continue in bachelor’s degree program, the student needs to update their admission status and may do so in the Registrar’s Office (Lake Campus) or Admissions (Dayton Campus).

Returning Students
Students who have not attended Wright State for four or more consecutive quarters must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There is no additional application fee, and official transcripts are required only from the schools students have attended since they were last at WSU.

Wright State Students who have been dismissed may apply for readmission by petition after they have remained out of school for four quarters.

Students who have not attended Wright State for three years (12 consecutive quarters) may wish to take advantage of the Fresh Start Rule. This rule may allow students to have their earlier GPA recalculated. Interested students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Other Admission and Enrollment Categories

Nondegree Undergraduate Students
Students who wish to take courses at Wright State but who do not intend to work toward a degree at this time can register as nondegree students. Students may take as many courses as they like, as long as they meet the requirements for each course. To be eligible to register as nondegree students, they must have graduated from an accredited high school or passed a high school equivalency test (GED).

To apply, students need only fill out a simple application/registration form and pay a $10 one-time registration fee. Later, if they decide to enter a degree program, they can file their credentials and pay an additional $20 application fee. Non-degree work normally can be applied toward a degree program.

Nondegree students may receive academic advising and may participate in any of the services offered at the Lake Campus, including tutoring and developmental education courses.

Teacher Licensure
Graduates who wish to become licensed teachers must apply for admission, file all the necessary credentials, pay the application fee, and complete the college admissions process as described in the College of Education and Human Services section. Those interested in licensure should also see the Special Program Note.

Undergraduate students and students who have degrees from other colleges within the university may also obtain teaching licenses upon completion of all the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

High School Students
High school students may, in some instances, take courses at Wright State while enrolled in high school. For specific information about the program, contact the Lake Campus Registrar's Office.

Veterans' Benefits
Veterans who are eligible for education benefits through the Office of Veterans Affairs may contact the Lake Campus Office of Veterans Affairs in 170B Dwyer Hall, or call 419-586-0324. The office also helps dependents, spouses and children of deceased or completely disabled veterans who qualify for education benefits. More information and forms are available online at http://www.wright.edu/admissions/va/.

Graduation Requirements for an Associate Degree

To graduate with an associate degree from Wright State University-Lake Campus, all students must fulfill the following requirements:

Credit Hours-A minimum of 90 credit hours must be earned in approved courses for an associate degree.
Grade Point Average-A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be earned for courses taken at Wright State University.
Residence Regulations-A minimum of 22 credit hours in the student's major concentration must be earned at Wright State University for completion of an associate degree.

Students must also fulfill all program requirements set by departments, colleges, and schools, some of which exceed these university minimums; see individual program requirements for details.

Candidates for a second two-year technical degree must complete a minimum of thirty additional credit hours and meet all degree requirements for the second degree.

Responsibility for registering in appropriate classes, scheduling, and fulfilling all university and program requirements for graduation rests with the student.

Students who are continuously enrolled or eligible to enroll continuously (students are eligible to enroll continuously if they are enrolled during any part of the calendar year) may elect to meet either the university requirements that were in effect when they entered Wright State or the university requirements that came into effect while they were continuously enrolled. Students who were not enrolled continuously must meet the university requirements in effect when they are readmitted to the university.

Students must meet the college or school requirements in effect when they are admitted to the college or school, and they must meet the program requirements in effect when they are admitted to a specific program or major. Students who are not enrolled continuously may be required to meet the college, school, or program requirements in effect when they are readmitted to a program. In addition, students who have not completed their program in seven years may have their college, school, or program requirements revised.

Bachelor's Degree Requirements are included in the main campus section of the catalog.

After new students have met with their advisor, they are ready to register for classes. Registration information and dates are announced in the quarterly schedule of classes and online at http://www.wright.edu/registrar/. Once students have advisor approval (if required), they may register online through WINGS Express. Continuing students should check the quarterly class schedule for the specific date they may begin to register.

Paying Fees
The procedures for paying fees depend on which registration period is used. Students will find fee payment deadlines for each registration period on the university calendar by visiting the bursar website at http://www.wright.edu/bursar/. This information is also published in the quarterly schedule of classes. Students who register early but do not submit their payment by the required due date will have their registration canceled in order to make classroom space available to other students. Students who register during open registration must pay all fees and charges by the published fee payment deadline. These registrations will not be canceled. Late fees of up to $250 may be assessed for late registration or late payment. See the Registrar's website at http://www.wright.edu/registrar/, or the quarterly class schedule, for refund and drop/withdrawal dates. Wright State University reserves the right to make policy and fee changes at any time during the year.


Academic advisors help students select courses, schedule classes, become oriented to the university, and develop academic success strategies. During advising, students are given information about appropriate academic services, such as tutoring or Developmental Education courses.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid makes every effort to help students who would be unable to attend school without receiving some form of financial aid. No student interested in attending Wright State University-Lake Campus should fail to apply because of financial limitations. If necessary, students should meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss any questions or concerns they may have regarding a financial aid package.

All students who are interested in applying for need-based financial aid are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With the exception of four-year scholarships, eligibility is granted on an annual basis. To determine summer and/or academic year financial aid, completion of the (FAFSA) is required for the academic year that you plan to attend. The registration questions will require you to indicate the quarter(s) you plan to attend, and if you will register for full, three-fourths, or part-time. Students must apply for financial aid each year. The FAFSA form can also be filed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
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