Students who are at least 21 years old and will have been graduated from high school for three or more years at the time of their first college enrollment are considered freshman adult students. Students fitting these criteria who have earned a GED with a comprehensive score of at least 265 and whose high school class will have been graduated for three years or more at the time of applicant’s first enrollment are also classified as adult students.
Students who are at least 25 years old who have earned previous credits at any postsecondary institution are considered transfer students. Official transcripts from each school attended must be provided for admission consideration. For adult students who have completed 12 or more semester hours of transferable college credit elsewhere, a high school transcript is not required.
Admission as a "Guest Student" enables a student to take a limited number of undergraduate courses for credit. To be admitted in this category, students must have graduated from high school, obtained GED certificate or achieved the equivalent. Guest students typically take courses for job achievement, personal enrichment or other reasons, and may remain in this status until a maximum of 12 semester hours of credit have been attempted. Guest students who wish to pursue a degree program or continue after 12 semester hours have been attempted must apply for regular admission. Credit hours taken in this status may apply to a degree program with the approval of the dean. Guest students must meet all prerequisites for courses. Anyone who has been denied admission to, or is under dismissal from, the University is not eligible for guest student status. Guest students are not eligible for financial aid.
Senior citizens 60 years old or older may take undergraduate college courses for credit and tuition free if they meet the following criteria: Student must be an Ohio resident for at least 12 months, and must meet an income level of no more than 200% above the Federal Poverty Guidelines (as revised annually by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services). Third-Age Learners will not be able to earn a degree or certificate while enrolled under this classification. A maximum of 30 attempted hours of credit can be accumulated under this status. Registration must be completed by the Office of Adult Services, and is subject to space availability. Admission does not guarantee spaces in all requested courses. If a Third-Age Learner later decides to pursue a degree or enroll in courses for credit beyond the 30-hour limit, they will be required to meet regular university criteria for admission, including submission of an application form, all academic credentials required of any degree-seeking applicant and payment of an application fee.
The Instant Admission program serves to temporarily admit adult students to the university for the purpose of registering for classes in the upcoming term. To be eligible, the student must have graduated from an accredited high school or have earned a GED. If the student has taken previous postsecondary coursework, cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. To complete admission, the student must supply the Admissions Office with transcripts within four weeks after the start of the semester.