Alternative Credit Options
American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation
The University of Akron accepts the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). CREDIT evaluates and makes credit recommendations for formal educational programs and courses offered by organizations including business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. The program is based on the idea that it is sound educational practice for colleges and universities to grant academic credit for high-quality educational programs conducted by a variety of organizations provided that the courses are appropriate to an individual's degree program.
Many high schools offer Advanced Placement courses through the auspices of the College Board for possible college credit. By enrolling in such courses during high school and taking Advanced Placement Tests at the end of each course, high school students may earn undergraduate credits in a number of different academic areas. The test score required to receive credit for a specific course is determined by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Academic Department in which the course resides. Credits earned in this manner are included in the total credits completed, but are not assigned a grade and do not count in the quality point ratio, class standing, or graduation with honors calculations. Students must take the tests while they are in high school. It is not possible to take the tests once a student is enrolled at The University of Akron. The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.
Beginning in the Fall term 2009:
- Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam area(s) successfully completed
- Credits received will be applied toward graduation and may also satisfy a General Education or Honor’s Distribution requirement if the course(s), to which the AP area is equivalent, fulfill those requirements
- If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied toward graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major
- Additional courses or credits may be available when a score of 4 or 5 is obtained. Award of credit for higher score values varies depending on the institution and academic discipline
- In academic disciplines containing highly dependent sequences (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics –STEM) students are strongly advised to confer with their academic advisor to ensure they have the appropriate foundation to be successful in advanced coursework within the sequence. The advanced placement table lists disciplines available for Advanced Placement Testing, scores required for accruing credit and courses at The University of Akron for which credit may be earned For questions concerning Advanced Placement Credit call 330-972-7066 or 330-972-7425.
Certain courses designated in this bulletin by each academic department enable a student to earn "bypassed" credit. A student who completes such a course with a grade of "C" or better is entitled to credit for designated prerequisite courses which carry the same departmental code number. Credit for such bypassed prerequisite shall be included in the total credits earned, but shall not count in the quality point ratio, or class standing, or hours required for graduation with honors. Bypassed credit is not awarded on the basis of completing a course either by credit-by-examanination of credit/noncredit.
|Discipline||Course||Prerequisite||Approved for Bypass Credit|
|Computer Information Systems|
|Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences|
|Anthropology and Classical Studies||3210:122|
|Geography and Planning||3350:314|
|Theoretical and Applied Mathematics||3450:210|
3450:145 or 149
3520:301 or 302
two of 3580:301,2,3
|3580:409, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 30||3580:407 or 408||3580:101,2,201,2|
|3580:431,2||two of group 3580:401,2,3||3580:101,2,201,2|
|College of Health Professions RN-BSN Sequence (Limited to Licensed Registered Nurses)|
|8200:336||8200:211, 217, 230, 350, 360, 370, 380, 410|
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program that offers the opportunity to obtain college credit by examination. A variety of experiences may have prepared a person to earn college credit. The qualifying score required to receive credit for a specific course is determined by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Academic Department in which the course resides. Credits earned in this manner are included in the total credits completed but are not assigned a grade and do not count in the quality-point ratio, class standing, or graduation with honors calculations. CLEP examinations for credit toward any degree are not permissible in the term before graduation. Credit by CLEP may not be used to repeat for change of grade. CLEP tests are administered Monday through Friday, and on some Tuesday evenings. Contact the Counseling Center at 330-972-7084 to make a reservation and/or obtain more information. For more information regarding the CLEP information listed below, call 330-972-7066 or 330-972-7425.
The following guidelines outline the terms under which The University of Akron will accept the results of specified CLEP tests for college credit.
|CLEP Test||Qualifying Score||Course(s) Awarded||Credit Awarded|
50 and above
|6200:201 Principles of Accounting I||3|
|Information Systems and Computer Applications||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Introduction to Business Law|
50 and above
|6400:220 Legal and Social Environment of Business||3|
|Principles of Management|
50 and above
|6500:301 Management: Principles and Concepts||3|
|Principles of Marketing|
50 and above
|6600:300 Marketing Principles||3|
|Composition and Literature|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature|
|College Composition/College Composition Modular|
|Freshman College Composition plus essay||60 and above||3300:111 English Composition I||3|
|History and Social Sciences|
|American Government||50 and above||3700:100 Government and Politics in the United States||4|
|History of the United States I||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|History of the United States II||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Human Growth and Development||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Intro. to Educational Psychology||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Introductory Psychology||50 and above||3750:100 Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Introductory Sociology||50 and above||3850:100 Introduction to Sociology||4|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50 and above||3250:201 Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Social Sciences and History|
|Western Civilizations I||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Western Civilizations II|
55 to 65
|3520:101 Beginning French I|
3520:102 Beginning French II
|66 and above||3520:101 Beginning French I|
3520:102 Beginning French II
3520:201 Intermediate French I
3520:202 Intermediate French II
|German Language||55 to 65||3530:101 Beginning German I|
3530:102 Beginning German II
|66 and above||3530:101 Beginning German I|
3530:102 Beginning German II
3530:201 Intermediate German I
3530:202 Intermediate German II
|Spanish Language||55 to 65||3580:101 Beginning Spanish I|
3580:102 Beginning Spanish II
|66 and above|
3580:101 Beginning Spanish I
|Science and Mathematics|
|Biology||50 and above||3100:103 Natural Science: Biology||4|
|Calculus||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Chemistry||50 and above||3150:101 Chemistry for Everyone|
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Lab
3150:110 Intro to General, Organic and Biochemistry I
|College Algebra||50 and above||3450:145 College Algebra|
Course equivalency not determined at time of publication
|Natural Sciences||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
|Precalculus||Course equivalency not determined at time of publication|
A student interested in earning credits by special examination may do so with the permission of the dean of the student's college and the dean of the college in which a particular course is offered and by payment of the special examination fee. The grade obtained in such an examination is recorded on the student's permanent academic record. Credit by examination is not permitted in the semester before graduation. Credit by examination may not be used to repeat for change of grade.
The University of Akron recognizes the academic quality of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the efforts of students enrolled in IB coursework by awarding advanced-standing credit for the completion of the IB Diploma. Higher level examination scores are considered for departmental credit in the areas of French, Spanish, German, Geography, Latin, Greek, Economics, Chemistry, History, English, Social Anthropology, Mathematics, Music and Physics. Although minimum scores for the awarding of credit may vary by subject area, generally scores of four or five are sufficient. No credit is awarded for IB Subsidiary examinations, with the exception of some foreign languages.
Ohio GI promise, created through Executive Order 2008-17S in July 2008, calls for all University System of Ohio institutions to participate in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. This membership guarantees that The University of Akron will work with veterans to award military credit towards degree completion.
Veteran students should request a copy of their credit from The American Council on Education (ACE) and send this transcript to the Transfer Student Services Center, Akron, Ohio 44325-2001. The credit will be evaluated and posted to the student's record upon enrollment at The University of Akron. Students should consult with academic advisors to determine how military training, experience and coursework credits can be used most effectively in meeting degree requirements.
The Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) was created by the Ohio legislature to allow high school students to enroll in a college or university. The program is available to qualified students who are enrolled in public and non-public high schools.
Through the PSEO, high school students are eligible to enroll in The University of Akron for the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students should work with their high school counselors to discuss specific high school policies.
Option A: allows students to receive college credit only. All costs associated with enrollment including, but not limited to, textbooks, materials, supplies, tuition and fees, are the responsibility of the student.
Option B: allows students to receive both high school graduation credit and college credit simultaneously. For public high school students, the college will be paid directly out of the public school's state funds. Non-public students are subsidized by a specific sum of money set aside by the Ohio General Assembly, and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Required textbooks, non-consumable materials and tuition and fees related to the coursework are provided for both public and non-public students.
Enrollment options are not intended to be a substitute for the academic programs, social growth or maturing experience provided by Ohio's public and private high schools or otherwise interfere with or replace advanced placement courses or the college preparatory curriculum available to students within their school system.
A student in grades 9-12 may enroll in the PSEO program. The PSEO programs are limited and selective. The University has the right to accept only as many qualified students as can be properly served.
For 11th and 12th grade participants:
- 3.30 cumulative GPA with a 24 ACT composite or combined 1110 SAT math and critical reading combined score, or 3.50 cumulative GPA with ACT/SAT scores for placement purposes (All students must submit an ACT/SAT score for placement purposes.)
- 11th and 12th graders may enroll in up to 14 credit hours per semester. If a student wishes to enroll in more than 14 credit hours per semester, he/she may appeal to the PSEO program coordinator.
For 9th and 10th grade participants:
- 3.75 cumulative GPA
- 26 ACT composite or 1150 SAT math and critical reading combined score
- Letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor supporting the student's preparedness for college level coursework
- Grade of at least a B+ in all English courses
- Write an essay, 500 words or less, regarding why the student wants to enroll in the program
Please note: 9th and 10th grade students may enroll in only one course per semester.
How to Apply for Admission
Application deadlines for the fall and spring semesters are May 15 and October 15, respectively. All application materials must be postmarked by the deadline to be considered for admission.
1. Complete the online Undergraduate Admission Application under the section "Applicant Status," check the box marked Postsecondary Options Programs Option A or B.
2. Student, parent or guardian, and high school counselor signatures are also required and should be submitted with other application materials. A signature form is provided online after you submit your completed online application.
3. Submit a non-refundable $40 application fee (unless it has previously been paid). A credit card option payment is available on the online application.
4. Submit an official high school transcript. For applicants in the 8th grade, the transcript should include 7th and 8th grades. For applicants in the 9th grade, transcripts should include 8th and 9th grades.
5. Include the College Prep Form completed and signed by your high school guidance counselor.
6. Submit ACT and SAT score results. We prefer scores to be sent directly from the testing agency but will accept scores posted on the official high school transcript.
Information regarding acceptance into the PSEO program, registration for classes and academic advising will be forthcoming in the "acceptance packet" for the PSEO program.
College Tech Prep is value-added education. This program integrates technical training and college preparatory academics beginning in high school and continuing through a minimum of an associate degree. College Tech Prep prepares students for highly skilled occupations supported by regional business and industry in the areas of business, information, health and engineering technologies. The College Tech Prep pathway is a skill-building curriculum jointly designed by business, high schools and colleges. The is pathway links the high school experience with a college degree program.
Application fees are waived for College Tech Prep students entering The University of Akron. Students have the potential to earn college credit, gain advanced skills and have a clearer sense of career direction while they are still in high school.
For additional information regarding the College Tech Prep programs, contact Nicole Mullet, Tech Prep Director, at 330-972-7112.
Tech Prep Postsecondary Enrollment Option
For Tech Prep students interested in the Postsecondary Enrollment Option, the entrance level grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 overall with a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT. The college may admit a students with a lower GPA and/or ACT on a case-by-case basis.
A Tech Prep students will be required to obtain a formal written recommendation letter from the high school (guidance counselor or principal) that indicates the support of the school and that the student shows promise in their technical field.
Tech Prep Postsecondary students will be limited to college coursework that directly related to the associate degree program in their specific Tech Prep Pathway. Students meeting the above requirements will be eligible for PSEO Option B (Option B allows students to receive high school graduation credits and college credit simultaneously. Textbooks, materials, tuition and fees related to the coursework are provided at public expense.)
Additionally, the application fee will be waived for Tech Prep Postsecondary students.
Interested Tech Prep students should take the following steps:
- Obtain a Tech Prep Postsecondary Enrollment Application from the Office of Admissions, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-2001 or from their high school or career center guidance counselor
- Complete and return the application with the recommendation letter and required signatures to Nicole Mullet, Tech Prep Director, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-6001
- Information regarding acceptance into the program, registration for classes and academic advising will be forthcoming in a letter of admission to the Tech Prep Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program
The Transfer Credit policy is subject to the appropriate approval process and as such may be subject to change.
The University of Akron awards transfer credit for non-remedial, non-developmental college-level coursework completed with earned grades of "D-" or better at an institution of higher learning in the United States which is fully accredited or has been granted candidacy status by one of the following regional institutional accrediting agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. A summary of the number of credits accepted will be listed on the official academic transcript along with the name of the institution and dates of attendance.
No grade point value will appear on the record, and no grade point average will be calculated for the coursework listed. Transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as all other students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed successfully at the receiving institution prior to the granting of a degree.
CLEP or Advanced Placement Credit posted on transcripts from previously attended regionally accredited Ohio colleges and universities is eligible for credit at The University of Akron. CLEP or Advanced Placement credit posted on transcripts from previously attended regionally accredited non-Ohio colleges and universities is not eligible for credit at The University of Akron. Students must present original documentation attesting to scores earned prior to receiving alternative credit considerations.
The University of Akron does not guarantee that a transfer student automatically will be admitted to all majors, minors or fields of concentration at the institution. For courses that have been taken at an institution of higher education noted in the reference above, the dean of the college in which the student intends to obtain a degree will specify which courses, other than General Education courses, will apply toward the degree requirements of the University. The office responsible for transfer student services will specify which courses listed will apply toward the General Education program requirements.
Transfer students must meet all University of Akron residency requirements.
For other types of transferable credit, please see the section on Alternative Credit Options.
Note: Official transcripts and/or documentation for alternative credit can be obtained from the following web sites: