Admissions Process

Admissions Standards

Students seeking admission into the College Credit Plus program must first demonstrate college readiness by meeting the College Credit Plus Eligibility Standards. Once a student is CCP eligible they then must meet Kent State’s admissions standards. Kent State University determines college readiness in part by using ACT or SAT scores.

Students who wish to take courses in mathematics or take courses that have a mathematics prerequisite will also be required to complete the university’s ALEKS math placement assessment to determine college readiness in mathematics.

Applying for Admissions

  1. Talk with your family and school counselor about the College Credit Plus program. Be sure to inform your school district of your intent to apply to the program by April 1, even if you think you may not participate or wait until the spring semester to attend. Home school or nonpublic school students will submit their Letter of Intent to Participate to the Ohio Department of Education. 
  2. Attend a College Credit Plus Information Session at your middle/high school.
  3. All application requirements must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions by the deadline:
    • CCP Permission Form
    • Online CCP Application for Admission
    • Official Middle/High School Transcript
    • For those with an unweighted high school 3.0GPA, test scores will not be required to meet eligibility. Students below a 3.0 high school GPA, test scores may be needed to determine CCP Eligibility. If you need to take an assessment to determine, the Accuplacer Assessment is available (Review Accuplacer Testing Process)

Before You Apply

If you are interested in Kent State University’s College Credit Plus program, you should discuss these items with both your school counselor and your parents prior to applying for admission. It is important that you have a good understanding of your school district’s policies, as well as the policies of the college you choose to attend.

Discuss with Your School Counselor

  • What classes do I still need in order to graduate from middle/high school? What college courses can I take to fulfill these middle/high school requirements?

  • How does my middle/high school define full-time enrollment? How many classes between the middle/high school and the college must I take to be eligible for sports?

  • For what reasons would I have to reimburse my middle/high school for the cost of my College Credit Plus courses?

  • What are my options for meeting my middle/high school requirements if I fail a College Credit Plus course?

  • Do you believe I am ready for the academic and social challenges of college-level courses? What do you recommend as an appropriate number of college courses for me?

Home School and Non-Public-School students

Home school and nonpublic school students are welcome to participate in College Credit Plus!

Discuss with your Parents & Family

  • How will I get to and from campus, especially when the weather is bad?

  • Can I take classes earlier or later than normal school hours?

  • Will I be working or participating in extracurricular activities, and will I have time for the more rigorous demands of college-level courses?

  • Am I ready to accept the responsibility and independence that the college classroom demands? Will I participate actively in class and attend regularly?

  • Do I understand that the subject matter of a course enrolled in under the College Credit Plus program may include mature subject matter or materials, including those of a graphic, explicit, violent, or sexual nature, that will not be modified based upon College Credit Plus enrollee participation regardless of where course instruction occurs?

  • Do I possess the social and emotional maturity necessary to engage in classes designed for and attended by adult students?

  • Am I comfortable with the “academic freedom” granted to college professors to choose course materials, create their own grading scale, establish classroom policies, etc.?

  • Am I prepared to keep my family informed of my academic progress since the university will not do that for me?

  • Am I comfortable with the impact my College Credit Plus grades will have on my middle/high school grade point average, future scholarship opportunities and college admission? Am I comfortable with the grades I earn as a College Credit Plus student being used to determine admission into selective or competitive majors?

  • How will I pay for failed or withdrawn classes?

  • If I am concerned about transferring College Credit Plus credits to another university, when should I contact or visit that university to discuss transfer?

  • Do I understand the college credit hours I earn now will be taken into consideration when determining my academic progress and eligibility for federal financial aid programs?

Enrollment Options:

  • On campus

  • Online

  • At your high school

See Participating High Schools

Please be aware if you are interested in continuing in the CCP program for the next academic year (academic year begins with the summer term), you will not have to reapply. Instead you will complete updates and return an update form emailed to your email account.


Deadlines for CCP Application

(all campuses)

Term Deadline
Summer April 15
Fall June 1
Spring Oct. 15


Dates for CCP Orientation

(Kent Campus)

Term Date
Spring 2023 TBD
Summer 2022 May 3, 2022
Fall 2022 July 15, 18, 20, 27, and 28, 2022

*If you applied to a Regional Campus, please contact the CCP Office at the campus which you plan to enroll in coursework for their orientation information*