Transfer Credit Policy

Effective 11/18/22
Effective Term Spring 2023
Central State University will evaluate and award transfer credit from post-secondary institutions holding accreditation from any of the regional accrediting associations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). College-level coursework completed at institutions that are non-regionally accredited are not eligible for transfer credit.   
Any student applying for admission to Central State University must have transcripts sent to the Office of Admission. The registrar will review transcripts, determine the applicability of transfer credits, and notify the student when the process is complete. Transfer credit hour values are awarded based on the credit hour value assigned by the originating institution, and any conversion to semester credit hours will be completed before transfer credit is awarded.  
For all undergraduate courses taken before autumn 2005, students must have earned a grade equivalent to a ‘C-’ or higher for courses to be eligible for transfer credit. For all undergraduate courses taken in autumn 2005 or later, students must have earned a grade equivalent to a ‘D’ or higher for courses to be eligible for transfer credit. Courses transferred in with a ‘D’ grade may not satisfy program requirements. Undergraduate courses that have been awarded a non-standard passing grade (P/Pass; S/Satisfactory) are eligible for transfer credit. 
Central State University will accept Advanced Place Credit Program credits (AP) and College Level Examination Program credits (CLEP) under the auspices of the College Board. To receive transfer credit for AP courses, a high school student must have completed an official AP course and taken the test in that subject. Credit is granted for test scores of 3, 4, or 5. Students earning satisfactory scores in the CLEP examination will be granted the same amount of credit granted to students who successfully complete the course. See the CLEP Aligned Courses/Credit chart for exam and course equivalencies and required CLEP score required for transfer credit.  
Students enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program may be awarded a maximum of 90 transfer credit hours. Students enrolled in a one-year certificate or a one-year technical certificate may be awarded transfer credit for up to 20 percent of the credits required for the certificate. Students enrolled in a short-term certificate, or a short-term technical certificate are not eligible for transfer credit.  
Courses older than twenty years from the current academic year will not be eligible for transfer credit. Courses that are deemed remedial or developmental are not eligible for transfer credit.  
If a student wishes to challenge a decision of the registrar, an appeal must be submitted in writing to the associate registrar or designee. The associate registrar, or designee, will review the appeal to determine if the Transfer Credit Policy was appropriately applied. If the policy was misapplied, a correction would be issued. If the policy was applied correctly, the appeal would be provided to the appropriate Department Chair, Dean, or designee for review. Once a final decision has been made, it will be provided to the student by the associate registrar.