Department Contact Info
Schimmel Conrades Science Center 153
Welcome to the Ohio Wesleyan University Transfer Student Web Pages!
Each year Ohio Wesleyan University welcomes over 40 transfer students from other institutions in Ohio, across the country, and around the world. OWU staff, faculty, and current students value the diverse backgrounds and experiences transfer students bring to our campus and community. On these pages you and other students can learn more about the transfer credit process, requirements for all degrees, general education requirements, majors and minors, course registration options, advising, and academic resources and support services.
Make OWU Your Next Step!
For information about the application process, go to the Transfer Students webpages on the OWU Admission website.
For admitted students who plan to attend OWU, the Office of the Register will complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) to determine the general education credits OWU will award for those courses and the requirements they will fulfill. To complete a TCE, the Office of the Registrar needs an official transcript sent from the institutions students attended prior to transferring to OWU. Only credit will transfer to the students' records at Ohio Wesleyan; grades earned elsewhere will not be placed on academic records and do not become part of the OWU grade point average. To be transferable, courses do not need to be an exact equivalent, such as the same Ohio Wesleyan course title. Courses will transfer to Ohio Wesleyan if they meet these criteria:
The Registrar's Office may request course descriptions and/or syllabi for courses students would like considered as equivalent courses for OWU majors or minors. The Office of the Registrar will work with departments to complete your Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE).
The course credit awarded for specific AP, IB, and A Level performance scores may vary from one institution to another. Students transferring to OWU who wish to receive AP, IB, or A Level credit should have their official examination results sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. Go to the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate pages in theCatalog for information about credit awarded for specific courses:
Transfer Equivalency Self-Service will help you determine if the courses you have taken at one or more other institutions will be awarded transfer credit at OWU. After you have identified courses you would like to transfer, click on "Results" at the top of the screen to access a Degree Audit Transfer Equivalency electronic worksheet, which will include general education and major course requirements you have completed (with a C- or higher) and courses you will need to complete to earn your degree at OWU.
Transferology, a free web service, helps students explore their transfer options at colleges and universities across the United States by determining if the courses they have completed at their current or most recent institution match or are equivalent to the courses offered at OWU or other institutions in the Transferology network.
The Transfer Credit Conversion Guide can be used to convert OWU units into semester or quarter hours. It can also be used to convert semester or quarter hours to OWU’s unit system:
For example, in the table below, you can see the number of OWU credits you would receive for a semester of courses completed at another institution.
|Transfer Courses||Hours Attempted||OWU Course Numbers||OWU Courses||OWU Credits|
|COLS 1100--First-Year Sem.||1.00||UC 900||0.270|
|GEOL 1101--Intro. to Earth Science||4.00||GEOL 110||Physical and Environ. GEOL (Science)||1.080|
|CLAS 1222 Classical Myth.||3.00||CLAS 122||Classical Myth. (Humanities)||0.810|
|PSYC 2530--Psychology of Personality||3.00||PSYC 259||Personality PSYC (Social Science)||0.810|
|ENG 1100 Composition I||3.00||ENG 105||College Writing Seminar||0.810|
The 2 + 2 program allows students to transfer to Ohio Wesleyan knowing they are right on track to graduate in four years if they attend OWU after receiving their associate degree. Students will also find information about guaranteed admission, scholarships, and the majors offered through Columbus State's 2 + 2 Pathway Program
Ohio Wesleyan students may study for any of the four degrees offered by the University: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science.
Students must complete a major as defined by a department or approved program, including approved interdisciplinary majors and programs.
Learning about Ohio Wesleyan’s general education requirements will help transferring students to select the right courses and stay on track to graduate according to their academic plan. Below is an overview of OWU’s Competency and Distribution requirements. For more information, go to OWU's online Catalog: Degrees and Special Programs
To ensure that students' programs include exposure to a broad spectrum of disciplines, the University requires students to take a variety of courses distributed across the following areas:
Exceptions: Majors in fine arts (with the exception of those concentrating in art history), music, health & human kinetics (with the exception of those majoring in nutrition), and theatre/dance fulfill distribution requirements by selecting two units from Groups I, II, and III, and one unit from IV (outside the major). Education majors in the Early Childhood Program should see the Education section for distribution requirements.
Note: Course that fulfill distribution requirement can also count toward one or more additional requirements--e.g., a course could count toward the history major and also fulfill cultural diversity, proficiency in writing, and social science (Group I) requirements.
If you plan to complete one or more additional semesters at your current institution before transferring to Ohio Wesleyan, here are several considerations and course recommendations:
For transfer students, particularly students with an Associate Degree or the equivalent number of credits, it is important to have at least one possible major in mind before starting at Ohio Wesleyan University. This will allow students to register for major courses in their first semester and be on track to graduate within a predictable time frame. Whether students are still exploring or are firmly committed to a path of study, they should familiarize themselves with the requirements for one or more of the almost 90 majors offered at OWU and listed in the university Catalog: Major and Minor Requirements
Below are several questions to consider as you review the requirements for a specific path of study. If you need answers to some of these or additional questions about your intended major, contact the department or program chair: Heads of Academic Departments and Programs
All entering students starting in the fall semester may register for and attend one of the four Orientation sessions offered in the summer. Students who attend an on campus Orientation session will meet with a Faculty Registration Guide and select and register for their fall semester courses. Students who do not attend a session on campus will be registered for classes by staff in the Sagan Academic Resource Center.
All entering students starting in the spring semester are required to attend, and have automatically been registered for, the January Orientation session, scheduled for the Tuesday before classes begin. At this time, students meet with an Academic Advisor to either register for courses or make adjustments to their schedules. For additional information, go to the January New Student Orientation website.
Students are eligible for registration once their enrollment deposit has been received by the Admission Office. They have the opportunity to begin the process of selecting courses, working with the Office of Academic Advising, communicating with their advisors, and possibly registering for classes before Summer or January Orientation if they take the following actions by or before March 1 (for fall enrollees) or November 1 (for spring enrollees):
The earlier students complete these steps in the fall or spring semester the more likely they will have the opportunity to register with their OWU class, select the most desirable courses, and begin working with their academic advisor.
If you would like to arrange a time to visit OWU, go to Sign Up for a Campus Visit.
Each new transfer student is assigned to an academic advisor. Most advising assignments are made based on a student’s intended major or initial academic interest, though other criteria are considered as well. Students who are exploring a number of possible majors may be assigned to a professional advisor in the Office of Academic Advising or to a faculty advisor who works with transfer students.
If you have met or communicated with an OWU faculty member whom you would like to be your advisor, contact Jim Stull in the Office of Academic Advising: email@example.com
Get all of your course materials with First Day® Complete! The First Day® Complete program gives you access to all of your course materials, no need to shop around. A standard fee applies, although a website for opting out of this fee is coming soon.
The ARC staff works with all levels of students, including under-prepared students and honors students, who want to enhance academic skills, improve study habits, increase knowledge, build confidence, and earn higher grades. Resources and support are available to students in the Writing Center, the Quantitative Skills Center, the Academic Skills Center, and the Accessibility Services Office: Sagan Academic Resource Center
Peer tutoring services are offered in the afternoons and evenings at Beeghly Library and other locations on campus for one- and some two-hundred level courses in the following subject areas: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and World Languages & Cultures. Check the Departmental Tutoring schedule for days, locations, and times.