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Transfer Student FAQs

Transfer Student FAQs

  1. Who is considered a transfer student?
  2. When should I apply?
  3. What placements will I have to take?
  4. Will Kent State use my placement scores from my previous school?
  5. How do I register for classes? 
  6. Can I transfer if I'm unsure about a major?
  7. Can transfer students be admitted to the Honors College?
  8. Will my GPA transfer?
  9. What is GPS and how do I submit my plan?
  10. Are there any additional fees that transfer students are responsible for?

  

Credit Transfer FAQs

  1. What if there is a mistake on my transfer evaluation?
  2. How do I know what credits KSU will accept?
  3. What accreditations does Kent State accept?
  4. Will KSU accept military credit?
  5. Does KSU accept AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit?
  6. How do I get credit for my Post Secondary Option (PSEOP) courses?
  7. Does KSU accept/offer Credit by Exam or CLEP credit?
  8. How is international credit treated?
  9. Is Kent State on the quarter or semester system?
  10. What is Ohio's Guaranteed Transfer Credit (AP, CT2, Ohio Transfer Module, TAGs, Tech Prep)

 


 

Transfer Student FAQs

  1. Who is considered a transfer student?
    Any student who has continued their education past high school is considered a transfer student.  You must submit transcripts from each institution you have attended, whether or not you have earned credits or the school is regionally accredited. (Students coming from a different KSU campus are considered transitioning students.)

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  2. When should I apply?
    The Office of Admissions suggests you apply at least 6 months prior to the semester you plan on attending Kent State University. Your application is considered complete once your fee, transcript(s) and other required academic credentials are received. If you are currently taking courses when you apply, send a transcript with your in-progress work and another at the end of the term with your final grades. 
    Apply at www.kent.edu/admissions.
    Call 330 672-2444 or 1 800 988-5368 Kent for assistance.
     
    Have your official transcript(s) forwarded to:
    Admissions Office
    161 Schwartz Center
    Kent State University
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

    Please note: If you are applying to a different Kent State University campus, please have your transcript(s) forwarded to that campus' admissions office.

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  3. What placements will I have to take?
    In order to ensure that you are properly registered for your coursework at Kent State, it may be necessary for you to complete placement assessments for Math, English, Foreign Language and/or Chemistry. Refer to your "Next Steps" checklist in FlashLine to determine which assessments you may be required to complete.  All assessments can be accessed via your "Student Tools" tab in your FlashLine account. More information regarding KSU assessment requirements can be found at Destination Kent Placement Information. Keep in mind that much of the information found here is geared toward freshmen who will be attending Destination Kent, Kent Campus. Transfer students may want to follow up with the advising office, Academic Advising at the campus you are attending with specific questions regarding assessment and registration. In order to make the most of your initial advising appointment, you should complete any required or recommended assessments prior to your appointment or attendance at an orientation program.

    Math - If you have not earned credit for or transferred a college-level math course, OR completed a remedial math sequence within the past academic year, you are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement assessment. However, depending on what math course you have earned credit for and your major, it may be in your best interest to be assessed.  You should contact your Academic Advising unit for assistance in determining your placement needs. Transfer students should complete the assessment prior to attending the Transfer Kent State: Orientation, Advising and Registration program or meeting with an academic advisor. Although you will be able to view your score upon completion, you will need to discuss your placement, math course registration and reassessment options with an academic advisor.

    English - If you have not earned credit for or transferred a college level English OR completed a remedial English composition sequence, you may be required to take the COMPASS Assessment. You will need to make an advising appointment with Academic Advising to take the COMPASS assessment. If you are not satisfied with your placement after completing COMPASS, you can take the Online Writing Challenge. Visit the Department of English for more information about the Online Challenge.

    Foreign Language - If you have not earned credit for or transferred in credit for college level foreign language within the last academic year, you must be assessed via WebCape. Students in the majors listed below are required to complete the WebCape Foreign Language assessment:

    • Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Architectural Studies
    • Art History
    • Communication Studies - Global Communication Concentration
    • Integrated Language Arts
    • Music - Voice Performance Concentration
    • Public Health - Global Health Concentration

    Reading and Study Strategies - Transfer students admitted on academic probation may be required by their academic advisor to take the COMPASS assessment to determine eligibility for placement into the Reading and Study Strategies sequence. You can find out more information about Reading and Study Strategies, as well as available tutoring services, at the Academic Success Center.

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  4. Will Kent State use my placement scores from my previous school?
    Colleges and universities use various assessment tools and strategies to determine the best course registration for their students. The assessment tools Kent State has employed and the methods used to determine placement are geared toward the KSU curriculum. Therefore, KSU cannot use placement scores from other institutions.

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  5. How do I register for classes?
    Your acceptance letter will have information allowing you to immediately set up your FlashLine account at: http://www1.kent.edu/flashline/. This will give you access to registration, your kent.edu email as well as other important information. You will receive an email from the Transfer Center within 2 weeks of your acceptance with directions on accessing your transfer credit information. At that point, you should set up an advising appointment in your college office at www.kent.edu/academics/resources/Advising.cfm. Registration is based on the number of hours you have earned and posted to your Kent State academic record. Your registration status can be found in your FlashLine account under the "Student Tools" tab or by visiting the My Time To Register. Please contact the Transfer Center for assistance at 330 672-8950.

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  6. Can I transfer if I'm unsure about a major?
    Absolutely!  KSU's Exploratory major was created for students who are unsure about a major. You will meet with an advisor in the Exploratory Advising Center to help define your major and career choices. Visit their website at explore.kent.edu. Another important resource is KSU's Career Services Center. Visit their website at http://career.kent.edu/home/index.cfm.

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  7. Can transfer students be admitted to the Honors College?
    Yes!  Students in any major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all post-secondary coursework are eligible to apply to join the Honors College. Interested students should contact the Honors College to discuss the application process and academic requirements. Visit the Honors College website at www.kent.edu/honors.

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  8. Will my GPA transfer?
    Your GPA from your previous school(s) will not transfer.  However, you must be in good academic standing to be accepted into KSU with a GPA of 2.00 or better. If not, your academic record will be reviewed on an individual basis for possible admission into an alternative major. If you attended more than one institution, KSU will make a decision based on your combined GPA. Also, some majors have a selective admissions policy.  If your transfer GPA does not meet that standard, you may be admitted into an alternative program until you establish the required GPA at Kent State.

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  9. What is GPS and how do I submit my plan?
    The Graduation Planning System, or GPS, tracks student progress to graduation. It is comprised of the student's degree audit, which includes all requirements for earning a degree in the declared program. It also includes an individualized plan of study, the Plan, which is created in consultation between student and advisor and approved by the advisor, outlining in semester-by-semester format the requirements the student must complete in order to remain on track for graduation. Students are required to complete and submit their Plan during their first semester of study at Kent State, but can be updated as needed. Get more detailed information including tutorials at www.kent.edu/GPS and be sure to meet with an academic advisor to complete your Plan.

  10. Are there any additional fees that transfer students are responsible for?
    Transfer students admitted to the Kent Campus will need to pay a $95 Transfer Enrollment Fee.  The fee can be paid via a link in the "Next Steps" checklist in Flashline. 

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Transfer Credit FAQs

  1. What if there is a mistake on my transfer evaluation?
    If you believe there is a mistake on your transfer evaluation, please contact the Transfer Center at 330 672-8950. You may be asked to provide a syllabus and course description in order to re-evaluate transferred coursework.

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  2. 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.

    You can check the Transfer Credit Guide or Transferology  to see how your courses transfer to KSU. You can check the Ohio Board of Regents website at https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/tag for statewide equivalencies (TAGS). You will receive notification once your official evaluation is completed (See FAQ #3).

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  3. What accreditations 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.)

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  4. 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 https://jst.doded.mil

    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 at http://dept.kent.edu/adultstudentcenter/.

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  5. Does KSU accept AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) credit?
    Kent State awards AP and IB credit.  If the credit appears on your transcript from a previous Ohio school, you may not need to provide any additional information. If your previous school does not include your AP credit on your transcript or if your AP credit appears on an out of state transcript, you should have original copies of your scores forwarded to Kent State. KSU's code is 1367 for AP credit.

    Mail:
    AP Exams
    P.O. Box 6671
    Princeton, NJ 08541
    Phone: 1-888-225-5427
    E-mail: apexams@info.collegeboard.org
    Web: College Board

    Review additional AP credit information at Transfer Center Website or at the Ohio Board of Regents website.

    Kent State University values the IB Diploma Programme and its engaging and challenging curriculum that encourages critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect. Kent State University will consider for credit scores of 5, 6 or 7 on higher level International Baccalaureate examinations.  The International Baccalaureate Credit Chart gives information about these scores and credits earned. 
  6. Kent State University must have an official copy of your IB transcripts before credit can be awarded. (Notation on the high school transcript will not suffice.) You may include KSU as one of your six selected institutions to have your IB text scores mailed to free of charge.  Additional requests must be made to International Baccalaureate directly at https://rrs.ibo.org/replacement_orders. For more information regarding requests of IB transcripts, please visit http://www.ibo.org/informationfor/alumni/transcripts.  

    Ask that the score report be sent to the Kent State University Admissions Office:  

                Kent State University Admissions
                P.O. Box 5190 
                Kent, OH 44242  

    Posting for IB credits takes a minimum of 8-12 weeks and is processed by the Transfer Center. Please contact the Transfer Center for questions regarding your IB credit at (330) 672-8950.

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  7. How do I get credit for my Post Secondary Option (PSEOP) courses?
    If you took your PSEOP 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 at Kent State, your coursework is already part of your academic record.

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  8. 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 at http://career.kent.edu/home/testing/index.cfm.  If you are interested in Credit By Exam (CBE) visit the Registrar's web page at http://www.kent.edu/registrar/info/cbe.cfm. 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.

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  9. 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 www.kent.edu/admissions/international/index.cfm.

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  10. 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

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  11. What is Ohio's Guaranteed Transfer Credit (AP, CT2, Ohio Transfer Module, TAGs, Tech Prep)
    Click here for additional information.

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