Transfer Student Frequently Asked Questions
Applying as a transfer student can be confusing. Below you will find several questions that many students have throughout the process. If you have questions that are not answered below, please call the Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100.
- What are Cincinnati's admission requirements?
- Can I change my major preferences after I've already applied?
- Will credits I've already earned transfer to Cincinnati?
- Can I appeal a decision about my transfer credits?
- How does my Advanced Placement (AP) credit transfer to Cincinnati?
- Will my financial aid transfer to Cincinnati?
- How do I transfer my financial aid to Cincinnati?
- What is a transfer module?
- What are my responsibilities as a transfer student during my admissions process?
The University of Cincinnati offers more than 300 undergraduate programs, with varying admission requirements, depending on which of Cincinnati's colleges offers the program. Your actual transfer requirements may differ based on how much post-high school education you have and on the program you wish to enter. In addition to course requirements, transfer students must be in good academic and financial standing at previously attended colleges or universities.
If you have already submitted your application but have yet to enroll in your classes, the Office of Admissions can help you change your major preferences. Please contact an admissions counselor and they will walk you through the steps necessary to change your preferred major.
The Center for Credit Evaluation evaluates how your credits translate to credit at the University of Cincinnati. They only evaluate your overall transfer credit, not how your credits will be applied to the specific program you are applying to. The Cincinnati college which offers the program you wish to enter will determine how accepted transfer credits are applied toward degree requirements. That determination is made after you are admitted to an academic program.
For transfer credit to be granted, the institutions you have attended must be accredited by one of six regional accrediting agencies which are part of the Higher Learning Commission: Middle States, North Central, New England, Northwest, Southern, or Western Associations of Colleges and Schools. You can check your school's accreditation online at www.chea.org.
- General education requirements such as math, English, history and so on, will usually transfer to a direct equivalent.
- You must have earned a D or better grade for credits to transfer, unless the course was part of a transfer module or a degree you have completed.
- Your GPA from other institutions does not transfer to UC. Your UC GPA is based only on coursework completed at UC.
- Although you have already earned credits from another institution, you will need to meet UC's residency requirements in order to be awarded a UC degree. Programs require at least 30 semester hours be earned at UC. Students are also expected to meet other degree requirements. For specific information about your degree, check individual program requirements.
- UC operates on a semester academic calendar. Please consult an advisor if you are transferring quarter academic credit. One semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits, so 15 quarter credits will transfer as 10 semester credits.
- Students transferring from foreign universities must submit a course-by-course credit evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Complete details about international credit.
Yes. Please read the University of Cincinnati Policy for Appealing the Application of Transfer Credit. (PDF)
Credit for Advanced Placement examinations (AP) is granted, in most cases, for scores of 3 or higher. To find AP equivalencies, consult the AP Key. Send your original AP scores to the UC Office of Admissions. AP credit cannot be granted based on other college's transcripts.
You can "transfer" your aid when you come to UC, but, the nature of your aid may change when you change schools. Here are some factors that affect how your financial aid transfers to UC:
- If you are eligible for aid at one school, your eligibility transfers with you. However, your aid must be re-awarded at the new school. UC will make the award for an incoming transfer student based on the terms remaining and the amount of federal and state aid that has already been used at the other school.
- If your current school begins its academic year in the summer, funds already awarded for summer will be counted when reviewing your funding-to-date.
- Federal Stafford Loan annual limits are based on class level. Therefore, some transfer students' loans will show as freshman-level loans until our system shows that you have been given advanced standing that puts you at a higher class level. Usually, any increase can be retroactive to the point you started UC.
- Institutional aid does not transfer. UC will not be able to match or replicate scholarships or grants specific to that school or type of school (private school Ohio Choice Grant). Also, some federal programs are exhaustive, and we would not be able to give Federal SEOG or Federal Perkins Loan to a mid-year arrival.
To receive aid at UC, you will need to add UC to the list of schools for which you are requesting aid. Several ways to do this are listed below. You will need UC's school code: 003125.
- Online: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
- By phone: 1-800-4FED-AID
When you call, have a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) with you. If you do not have a copy of the form, you will need to request a duplicate by mail. After you receive it, you can call back and add UC to your report.
- In person: Bring your Student Aid Report (SAR) to UC's One Stop Center on the 2nd floor of University Pavilion – Campus Map (PDF), and we'll be happy to make the change.
The Ohio Board of Regents has established the Transfer Module, which is a specific set of courses from a college or university's general education requirements. The Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester hours of course credits in:
- English composition
- fine arts
- social science
- behavioral science
- natural science
- physical science
- interdisciplinary courses
A Transfer Module completed at one Ohio public college or university will automatically meet the requirements of the Transfer Module at the receiving institution, after the student has been accepted. Students may be required to meet additional general education requirements that are not included in the Transfer Module. Since private colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not be participating in the Transfer Module policy, students are encouraged to check with the college of their choice regarding their transfer agreements.
To transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students must plan a course of study to meet the requirements (both academic and non-academic) of the institution into which they wish to transfer. Planning for transfer should begin as early as possible. Delays in developing and following an appropriate plan or changing one's plan (e.g. changing majors) may reduce the applicability of transfer credit to the degree program ultimately selected.
Prospective transfer students should:
- seek out program/degree and transfer information and an advisor to assist in preparing a course of study to meet the academic requirements for the intended program/degree. When possible, courses should be selected which satisfy requirements at the receiving institution to maximize applicability of transfer credit. (Articulation agreements between schools facilitate transferring.);
- be aware that remedial and developmental courses generally are not applicable to any degree program;
- be aware that changes in course of study (e.g., change of major) will most likely reduce the number of credits which are applicable to the program ultimately selected at both the sending and receiving institutions;
- understand the policies and procedures of the institutions to which they are applying, including application fees, transfer admission, course transfer, financial aid, scholarship and housing. This includes being aware of deadlines, restrictions and other criteria, such as the policies on deposits required prior to enrollment and the dates when refunds of those deposits are available (if refundable);
- complete all material required for application and submit the application on or before deadlines;
- notify each college or university where they are offered admission, whether they are accepting or rejecting the offer, as soon as they have heard from all the institutions or by the deadline date set by the respective institution;
- confirm their intention to enroll and submit a deposit to only one college or university by its required notification date.