Transfer Students

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YSU will accept all transfer coursework from any regionally accredited college or university!  Your college-level courses will apply to either general education, major coursework, or elective credit (developmental/remedial courses do not count toward a degree).  Check out Transferology to see how your courses transfer!

Let's Get You Transferred

If you're a student at another college looking to transfer to Youngstown State, the following information will help you get a better understanding of what you need to do to get started.

May 28th - Online Transfer Information Session

Want to learn more about the transfer process? Have questions for our transfer counselors? Get the answers you are looking for live on our Transfer Information Session.

Join us online for a live information session on May 28th, 2020 from 12 pm to 1 pm or from 6 pm to 7 pm. Use the information below to Register on the next page (click the blue register button, no password required)

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  • Admission Process

    Admissions requirements:

    To be admitted to Youngstown State University as a transfer student in good standing, you must be in good standing at the last institution you attended and have a cumulative point average of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). If your grade point average is less than 2.0, you may still be considered for admission but will be admitted on warning and your enrollment will be probationary. If you are a student who has been suspended from a college or university, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions for further instructions.

    Credentials required:

    The credentials you will need to submit for admission include:

    • completed Youngstown State admissions application
    • $45 application fee
    • your official high school transcript (if you have not completed an associate degree or higher) 
    • official transcripts from each regionally accredited institution you have attended 

    Then, your courses will be evaluated by the appropriate department. Any questions regarding the applicability of your courses should be directed to the department that houses your major. 

    Note: Official Transcripts must be sent from the previous institutions directly to the Office of Admissions.

    Transfer credits:

    All courses with a grade of "D" or better will generally transfer to YSU, although courses must be college-level courses from a regionally, accredited institution and the work must be creditable toward a degree at that institution. A "D" grade accepted in the transfer of credit does not satisfy a prerequisite for which a higher grade is needed and will not be applicable to some degree requirements. Credit through military experience is also an option as well as credit through examination. Students must complete their last 20 semester hours leading to an associate degree, or their last 30 semester hours of a baccalaureate degree at Youngstown State University.

    What if my college has signed a transfer agreement with YSU?

    An articulation agreement provides a smooth transition for students with associate degrees to YSU. Through this special agreement, both institutions have provided for a maximum number of credits to be applied toward a bachelor's degree. In most cases, that means if you graduated in a special transfer program, you will be admitted to YSU with junior standing. 

  • Appeal Process
    Youngstown State University (YSU) has an appeals process to address a student's concerns when a student disagrees with the applicability of transfer credit by YSU. As detailed in this document, YSU makes the information of an appeals process and the procedures involved available in the University undergraduate Academic Catalog. To further protect the interests of students, the policy includes a statewide appeals review committee to which students may appeal if all institutional appeals procedures have been exhausted.
     
    The acceptance of credit is carefully delineated in the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy and should be uniformly practiced by all institutions.
     
    The applicability of credit will vary from institution to institution, and it is specified in the policy as subject to appeal. The appeals process is initiated at the campus level. If not rectified, it may be appealed to the state.
     
    Level-1 Appeal
    1. If the student challenges the judgment, the appeal must be filed in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of the evaluation of transfer credit.
      The written appeal and all additional documentation regarding the course in question must be sent to the Director of Degree Audit.
    2. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of an appeal, the Director of Degree Audit shall
      1. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation
      2. Consult with the department chairperson and/or faculty members in the academic field
      3. Review the concerns with the department chair and academic advisor
      4. Respond to the student in writing with the decision
    3. If the student accepts the judgment, the process ends.

    Level-2 Appeal

    1. If the student challenges the judgment, the appeal must be filed in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of the decision.
      The written appeal must be sent to the dean of the academic college in which credit is sought.
    2. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the appeal, the dean (or dean's designee) shall
      1. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation
      2. Consult with the department chairperson and/or faculty members in the academic field
      3. Respond to the student in writing with the decision
    3. If the student accepts the judgment, the process ends.

    Level-3 Appeal

    1. If the student challenges the judgment, the appeal must be filed in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of the decision.
      The writing appeal must be addressed to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and can be sent to the Associate Provosts for Academic Programs.
    2. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the appeal, the Provost (or Provost's designee) shall
      1. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation
      2. Consult with the dean, department chairperson, and/or faculty members in the academic field
      3. Respond to the student in writing with the decision

    Level-4 Appeal

    1. If the student challenges the judgment, the student appeals in writing within thirty (30) days to a State Appeals Review Committee.
      Follow the link below for information and the online form for the state's appeal process.
      https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints

    If you have additional questions on the process, please contact: Ohio Department of Higher Education

  • Transfer Credit Evaluation

    Evaluation of Transcripts:

    In order to have your transcripts evaluated, you must apply for admission to YSU and have an official copy of your college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. After receiving your transcripts, a coordinator will evaluate them for credit and equate courses you have taken to YSU courses.

    Will my credits transfer?

    If you have attended another college or university that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations of the American Council on Education, your credits will transfer.

    Classes may transfer as general credit, elective credit, or they may apply to your degree.

    What if I disagree with the applicability of transfer credit? 

    Refer to the Appeal Process tab above on this page

    Are there any courses you should take before transferring?

    The answer to this question depends on the course of study you intend to follow. If you are undecided about a major, you might want to take general education courses in the areas of English composition, math, arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If you are following a specific course of study, you may want to refer to the YSU undergraduate bulletin or meet with an academic advisor to map out future academic plans.

  • Financial Aid Available

    How to Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid if you are a Transfer Student...

    File your FAFSA online using YSU's six-digit code, 003145. You will use your FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA. Please note: for spring semester transfers you will need to cancel the financial aid you had in the fall semester at your previous school by contacting that institution’s financial aid office. If you have a specific question or need assistance in filling out the FAFSA, please visit YSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for contact information.

    Transfer Student Scholarships

    Transfer Student Scholarships are available to students who are transferring from any regionally accredited college or university. There is no additional scholarship application for the merit-based transfer scholarship, but you may need to fill out a scholarship application to be considered for any YSU Foundation scholarship.

    Application: To be considered for this award, you must apply for admission to Youngstown State University. You are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible, as funds may be limited. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on the YSU Foundation scholarships and application.

    Merit-based Transfer Scholarship
    Scholarship Value Minimum Criteria Renewal

    Transfer Level 2

    • $1,000
    • $3,000 Three Years
    • 12 Transfer hours at a regionally accredited college/university
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Must be enrolled in at least 6 or more hours (scholarship is pro-rated if less than full time)
    • 12 Credit Hours per Academic Year
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Renewable fo up to 3 Academic Years
    Transfer Level 1
    • $1,500
    • $4,500 Three Years
    • 12 Transfer hours earned at a regionally accredited college/university
    • 3.5 GPA
    • Must be enrolled in at least 6 or more hours (scholarship is pro-rated if less than full time)
    • 12 Credit Hours per Academic Year
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Renewable for up to 3 Academic Years
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
    Scholarship Value Minimum Criteria Renewal
    Phi Theta Kappa
    • $1,500 per year (split between fall and spring semesters)
    • Stackable on top of Transfer Scholarship (Student will either receive a total of $2,500 or $3,000 per year with both transfer scholarships
    • Must provide proof of active membership to Kim Avery in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions either by email at kaavery@ysu.edu or fax at 330-941-3674 (e.g. membership card or certificate)
    • Must be enrolled in at least 6 or more hours (Scholarship if pro-rated if less than full-time)
    • 12 Credit Hours per Academic Years
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Not available for new freshman who may be PTK members

    Additional Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

    Resch Foundation Scholarship

    Available for transfer students from Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties with financial need.

    David Gall Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is available through the generosity of the Ohio Transfer Council (OTC) in memory of David Gall. This is a one-time $1000 scholarship for students transferring from an OTC member institution to an OTC member institution (YSU is a member of OTC). For more information, and to fill out the application including an essay, please visit the OTC website.

  • Transferology

    Transferology is a free online tool that can help you determine the transferability and applicability of your credits. You can use several of the resources including:

    • Viewing course equivalencies
    • Viewing program and major requirements
    • Creating a program plan that shows equivalencies
  • Non-Regional Accredited Institutions

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and YSU’s regional accrediting body, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), allows YSU to accept credits from non-regional accredited institutions on a case by case basis.

    Credit will not be blanketly posted to the student’s file, but a student may request that courses earned at such institutions be reviewed and evaluated to determine if the course can be accepted and applied to the student’s program of study. Any courses reviewed will go through the same process as those from regionally accredited institutions, which may require the student to provide additional information on each reviewed course (e.g. course description, syllabus, etc). All approved courses must be a minimum of 1 credit and cannot be developmental.

    Proprietary/Non-Regionally Accredited Transfer Credit Policy