Transfer Students

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.

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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 an aggregate 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 (Ohio resident or out-of-state resident), 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: a completed Youngstown State admissions application, a $45 application fee, your official high school transcript (if you have not completed a bachelor's degree) and official transcripts from each regionally accredited institution you have attended since high school. 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. The results of the credit evaluation will be sent to you by mail.

    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 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. Youngstown State University has articulation agreements with the following institutions:

    The University of Akron Kent State-Trumbull Branch Belmont Technical College Lakeland Community College Butler County Community College Lima Technical College Cleveland State University Lorain County Community College Community College of Allegheny County-All branches North Central State College Community College of Beaver College County Owens Community College Cuyahoga Community College Penn State University Shenango Campus Hocking Technical College Washington State Community College Jefferson Community College

  • Appeal Process
    Youngstown State University (YSU) has a multi-level campus 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 hereby notifies students of the availability of an appeals process and the procedures involved. 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 (policy) and should be uniformly practiced by all institutions. The acceptance of credit is not specified in the policy as subject to appeal to the Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review Committee (ATARC); however at YSU students may follow level 1, and 2 of the following appeals process to question the acceptance of credit. 
     
    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 through the ATARC. Students have 90 days to file an appeal on an institution's decision on course applicability at the campus level. The 90-day period begins on the date the Transfer Credit Evaluation is given to the student. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions mails the Transfer Credit Evaluation to the student within 30 days of the receipt of the official transcript(s). 
     
    YSU publishes a notification of both state and local appeals procedures on page 15 of the 2003-2005 Undergraduate Bulletin. The detail of the appeals procedure is sent with the Evaluation of Transfer Credit document.


    Appeal Process 

    1. Student applies for admission. 
    2. YSU evaluates transcript of accepted students. 
    3. YSU decides on applicability of credit and sends dated statement of transfer credit applicability 
    to student along with a notification of the 90-day period for filing an appeal. 
    4. If the student accepts the judgment, the process ends. Level-1 Appeal 
    5. If the student challenges the judgment and appeals, this appeal must be filed in writing within 
    ninety days (90) of receipt of the Evaluation of Transfer Credit document. The written appeal 
    must be sent to:
    Associate Director of Admission Office of Undergraduate Admission 
    Youngstown State University One University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555 Or, the written 
    appeal may be sent by e-mail to Christine Hubert.
    6. Within thirty days (30) of receipt of the appeal, the Associate Director of Admission shall 
    a. Schedule a meeting with the student 
    b. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation 
    c. Address the student’s concerns 
    d. Review the concerns with the department chair and academic advisor 
    e. Review the concerns with the Faculty Transfer Liaison 
    f. Respond to the student in writing with the decision. 
    7. If the student accepts the judgment, the process ends. Level-2 Appeal 
    8. If the student challenges the judgment, this appeal must be filed in writing within thirty days 
    (30) of receipt of the decision of the Associate Director of Admission. The written 
    appeal must be sent to: 
    Director of Admission Office of Undergraduate Admission Youngstown State University One 
    University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555 Or, the written appeal may be sent by e-mail to Susan Davis.
    9. Within thirty days (30) of receipt of the appeal, the Director of Admission shall 
    a. Schedule a meeting with the student 
    b. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation 
    c. Address the student’s concerns 
    d. Respond to the student in writing with the decision. 
    10. If the student accepts the judgment, the process ends. Level-3 Appeal 
    11. If the student challenges the judgment and appeals the decision of the Director of Admission, 
    this appeal must be filed in writing within thirty days (30) of receipt of the decision of the 
    Director of Admission. The written appeal must be sent to:
    Assistant Provost, Academic Programs and Planning
    Youngstown State University One University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555
    Or, the written appeal may be sent by e-mail to Bege Bowers.  
    12. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the appeal, the Assistant Provost shall 
    a. Convene the hearing panel (Dean of appropriate college, Assistant Provost for Academic 
    Programs and Planning, Vice President for Student Affairs) 
    b. Conduct a review and explanation of the credit evaluation – those individuals hearing previous 
    steps of the appeal as well as those who determined the credit evaluation may be asked to attend 
    the hearing, along with the student. The student is permitted to be accompanied by advisor (or 
    advisors) for the hearing. The advisor(s) may participate in the hearing only when recognized by the chair. 
    c. Immediately following the closing of the hearing, the chair shall conduct the deliberations. 
    d. A written decision will be provided to the student within five business days of the hearing, 
    notifying the student and the department in writing of judgment and informing the student of the 
    right to a state appeal process and the address to which appeals may be sent. 
    13. If the student accepts the judgment of hearing panel, the process ends. Level-4 Appeal 
    14. If the student challenges the judgment, the student appeals in writing within thirty days (30) to 
    a State Appeals Review Committee. 
    i. Jonathan Tafel - Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic & Access Programs Phone: (614) 
    ii. Paula Compton - Director, Articulations and Transfer Phone: (614) 466-3334 E-mail: 
    15. The State Appeals Review Committee shall 
    a. Notify the student and the institution of the date of the hearing and requested information. 
    b. Hold a hearing (conducted by the Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review Committee – ATARC) 
    c. Notify student and the institution of the advisory judgment. 
    16. The institution considers the advisory judgment of the ATARC. 
    17. The institution notifies the student of the disposition of the advisory judgment
    18. The process ends. 
  • 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.

    How will I know if the classes apply to my degree requirements or my major?

    It is possible that the course equivalencies you are looking for are available online through the Course Applicability System (CAS). Once you are in the CAS system, click on the course equivalency guide button and select YSU as the target school.

    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 for 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...

    If you have a Federal Pell Grant or federal loan, YSU's six-digit code, 003145, must be listed as one of your college choices on the FAFSA to have your aid transferred. If YSU is not listed, you can add it by request with your FAFSA Personal Identification Number (PIN). For instructions on making corrections to your FAFSA If you had a Stafford or PLUS loan, you will have to reapply. Please note: you will need to cancel the loan you had at your previous school by contacting your lender (FFELP loans) or your previous school's financial aid office (federal direct loans).

    Transfer Student Scholarships

    Transfer Student Scholarships are available to students who are transferring from any accredited college or university. Students must be accepted to the University.

    Criteria: Must have completed at least 12 transferable credit hours with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
    Value: Students who transfer to YSU with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive $1,500 per academic year. Those students who transfer to YSU with a GPA between 3.00 and 3.49 will receive $1,000 per academic year. Renewal value varies.

    Renewal: This scholarship will be automatically renewed each year up to a maximum of three years (sophomore, junior, senior) if the recipient maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA for the $1,500 award (or a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the $1,000 award) and completes a minimum of 12 credit hours per academic year. Awards are available for part-time students (at least 6 hours per term) on a pro-rated basis.

    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.

    YSU Advantage Scholarship

    Awarded to Associate degree graduates from Jefferson Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Stark State College of Technology, Lorain County Community College and Kent State University Branch Campuses.

    Criteria: Must have as associate degree from one of the aforementioned target colleges with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

    Value: Students who transfer to YSU from one of the aforementioned target colleges will receive $1,100.

    Renewal: This is a one year reward.

    Application: To be considered for this award, you must apply for admission to Youngstown State University and submit transcripts documenting Associate Degree completion. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible; funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Transferology

    Transferology is a free on-line 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