Credit Transfer FAQs
Credit Transfer Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know what credits KSU will accept?
- What accreditations does Kent State accept?
- Will KSU accept military credit?
- Does KSU accept AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit?
- How do I get credit for my Post Secondary Option (PSEOP) courses?
- Does KSU accept/offer Credit by Exam or CLEP credit?
- How is international credit treated?
- Is Kent State on the quarter or semester system?
- What is Ohio's Guaranteed Transfer Credit (AP, CT2, Ohio Transfer Module, TAGs, Tech Prep)
1. How do I know what credits KSU will accept?
KSU will accept all college level courses from regionally accredited institutions. Courses taken in Ohio prior to fall 2005 must have been passed with a "C" or better, or a "D" or better from fall 2005 forward. Courses taken outside of Ohio must have been passed with a "C" or better if taken prior to fall 2010 or a "D" or better if taken fall 2010 forward. This includes web-based courses.
There are majors that require a specific grade in some coursework or as a prerequisite for enrollment in a subsequent course. For instance, a student must have earned a "C-" or better in English Composition I before taking English Composition II OR Accounting majors must earn a "B-" in Financial Accounting. Transfer students are held to these academic program requirements and must have earned the specified grade in the equivalent transferring course. In the second example, a transfer student majoring in Accounting who earned a "C-" in the equivalent to Financial Accounting at their previous, Ohio institution in the Fall of 2006 would have the credit transferred, but it would not meet the requirement for the major.
The Transfer Center will email you at your @kent.edu address when your official evaluation has been completed or updated so be sure to set up your FlashLine account when you are notified of your admission.
2. What accreditation does Kent State accept?
Kent State accepts the following Regional accreditations; Middle States Association(MSA), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), North Central Association (NCA-HLC and NCA-CASI), New England Association (NEASC-CIHE and NEASC-CTCI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACCJC and WASC-ACSCU). If you are unsure whether your current school has one of these accreditations, there are a number of places you may be able to locate the school's status. They are: the school's website, the school's catalog, your transcript, the school's Registrar's office or the website of the above accrediting agencies.)
3. Will KSU accept military credit?
Kent State University awards college credit for basic military training. All eligible credits must be recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), who recommends appropriate credit hours to be awarded. KSU also accepts DANTES Standardized Subject Test (DSST). To earn Kent State University Credit, request your military transcripts at the Joint Services Transcript website.
If you have other questions related to your veteran status, please contact the Center for Adult and Veteran Services at (330)672-7933 or visit their web page.
4. Does KSU accept AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit?
Kent State awards both AP and IB credit.
Review additional AP credit information at the Transfer Center AP website.
Review additional IB credit information at the Transfer Center IB website.
Please contact the Transfer Center for questions regarding your AP or IB credit at (330)672-8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. How do I get credit for my Post Secondary Option (PSEOP) or College Credit Plus (CCP) courses?
If you took your PSEOP or CCP coursework somewhere other than KSU, you will need to have an official transcript forwarded to the Office of Admissions at Kent State University (See FAQ #2). If you took the PSEOP or CCP at Kent State, your coursework is already part of your academic record.
6. Does KSU accept/offer Credit by Exam or CLEP credit?
Review KSU's Office of Academic Testing web page for information about which CLEP exams are offered. If you are interested in Credit By Exam (CBE) visit the Registrar's Credit by Exam web page. If you have earned CBE or CLEP from your current school, they will transfer to KSU if they appear on the transcript. If CLEP credits do not appear on your transcript, request your scores be sent to Kent State University, school code 1367.
7. How is international credit treated?
If you have attended an accredited institution, KSU will accept international transfer credit where a "C" or better has been earned in classes completed prior to Fall, 2010 or a "D" or better starting Fall, 2010. For admission and other important information, international students should contact the Office of Global Education (OGE) at (330)672-7980 or visit their web page.
8. Is Kent State on the quarter or semester system?
Kent State operates on the semester system and grants credits in semester hours. The academic year consists of two fifteen-week (plus a final exams week) semesters, fall and spring. There is also a summer term consisting of four sessions: a three-week intersession, two five-week sessions and an eight-week session. If you are transferring from a school that is on the quarter system, it is helpful to know the hour conversion. A quarter-hour of work equals two-thirds of a semester hour. For example, if you have earned 36 quarter hours, it is the equivalent of 24 semester hours. Don't panic. While it seems that you have lost hours, you haven't since it takes fewer semester hours to complete a degree.
5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours
4 quarter hours = 2.66 semester hours
3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours
2 quarter hours = 1.33 semester hours
1 quarter hour = 0.66 semester hours
9. What is Ohio's Guaranteed Transfer Credit (AP, CT2, Ohio Transfer Module, TAGs, Tech Prep)
Visit the Transfer Center Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Credit page for additional information.
If you have further questions regarding the East Central Regional Center for the Ohio College Tech Prep program of study, you can find more information at the College Tech Prep website.