Degree Seeking Students
Degree programs at Shawnee State University is open
to graduates who hold a state approved diploma from state chartered
or regionally accredited high schools and to students who have
earned high school equivalency through the General Education
Development (GED) program. However, admission to the
University does not guarantee admission to specific programs of
study. If you intend to apply for admission to the game and
simulation development arts program, teacher education, or a health
science program, you should refer to the appropriate sections of the
catalog for specific admission requirements.
There are varying additional requirements for
students in different categories, including recent high school
graduates, transfer students, special non-degree students, transient
students, international students, and eligible students who are
still attending high school. Requirements for each are
discussed in the following sections.
It is recommended that the high
school background of the entering freshman pursuing a degree
4 units English
3 units mathematics (algebra 1 and 2, geometry)
3 units social studies
3 units science
2 units foreign language
1 unit visual, performing arts (drama, music, art)
These courses are
recommendations, not requirements. However, if you have a
deficiency in English or mathematics, you will be required to
take developmental courses prior to attempting college level
students who are seeking to transfer credits to Shawnee State University must
submit the following materials:
official secondary and postsecondary transcripts. These transcripts
must be in the student's native language and be accompanied
by a certified English translation. If these credentials cannot
be evaluated by the University, they will be sent to an evaluation
service, and you will be responsible for cost of the evaluation.
students are required to accept the cost of university health insurance
or produce proof of adequate insurance while in the United States.
International students are required to purchase health insurance
while in the United States. Health insurance information may
be found in the Bursar's office. Second Floor of the University
Shawnee State University is committed
to helping international students excel in their college courses and
to ensure that they are successful in their college experience .
(Center for International Programs and Activities) offers many services to our current
international students and is actively engaged in helping future
students come to SSU. The Student Success Center will also
assist you with many academic and social activities.
who are not interested in pursuing a degree but who wish to take
courses are required to file an application for admission.. Transcripts of high school and college
work are not required, nor is ACT/SAT testing. However, if at a
later time, you decide to pursue a degree program, all admission
requirements in effect at the time of initial enrollment must be
met. These requirements include official transcripts from high school
(and/or GED) and college work and testing, recommendations, etc.,
if any of these are required for the major being declared.
Special, non-degree students may take courses which have no prerequisites or
courses for which they have the appropriate prerequisite. For
courses assuming prior knowledge or a certain degree of proficiency,
placement testing may be advised or required prior to registration.
State University admits senior citizens (60 years of age or older
on or before the first date of the term)
for courses, on an audit (non-credit), space-available basis. Although formal
application and registration is required, no tuition or course fees are charged.
The student is responsible for any lab and other miscellaneous
fees, books, or materials required for a course. The
student is required to secure the permission of the instructor
of a course if there are course prerequisites for a course.
Please note: The
Senior Citizen Option Form must be completed and
submitted to the Student Business Center in the University
Center along with the regular registration form. If you
register for your courses via your MySSU account, please make
sure that you return this form to the Student Business Center.
All courses taken for the term will be for non-credit.
is also a special, no cost, fitness program for seniors. Applications
may be obtained at the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center.
Transfer Students/CAS - Course
who have attended other regionally accredited colleges or universities
may transfer to Shawnee State University provided they were in good
academic standing at the institution attended most recently.
Students interested in transferring to Shawnee State University may
Access CAS (Course Applicability System) online at
for information on how your coursework will transfer from another
addition to the application for admission, application fee, and
high school transcript from each college or university previously
attended. College transcripts must be received directly from those
institutions. Photocopies, fax, and hand-carried transcripts are
not accepted. You may be admitted as a "provisional student"
until such time as the official transcripts are received from all
previous colleges. If you are eligible for and want to
receive college credits for military coursework/experiences, then
you must submit your transcript from the American Council on
Education (ACE). Credit is based upon the ACE recommendations unless
otherwise specified. Lastly, if you are applying for financial aid
at Shawnee State University, you must have each college/university
previously attended send your financial aid transcript to the financial
aid office at Shawnee State. For a PDF listing of
course equivalencies of our five most frequent schools which
transfer credits to SSU click on the following link,
applicable to the curriculum for which you are applying which were
earned at regionally accredited colleges or universities are accepted
at the time of admission. Generally, courses completed with a grade
of "D" or better are eligible for transfer. Contact the
Registrar's office for further information at (740) 351-3540. The credit hours transferred
do not become a part of the grade point average at Shawnee State
receive transfer credit, you must file an official transcript of
previous college work. You must earn a minimum of 16 credit hours
at Shawnee State University to be considered for the award of an
associate degree and a minimum of 30 credit hours to be considered
for the award of a baccalaureate degree.
you have attended non-regionally accredited colleges or universities,
you may transfer to Shawnee State University provided you meet all
admission standards applicable to other transfer students.
Credits applicable to the curriculum for which you
are applying which were earned at non-regionally accredited institutions
will be considered for acceptance as transfer credit if:
Transfer credit cannot be used to replace grades of courses
taken at Shawnee State University.
have completed the associate degree at that institution, and
validate the award of credit by completing, with a grade of
"C" or better, a planned program of courses totaling
a minimum of 20 credit hours applicable to a four-year curriculum
as approved by the Registrar. For students
transferring credit from non-regionally accredited colleges
or universities, a maximum of 60 semester hours will be considered
Policy on Articulation and Transfer
Transfer. The Ohio Board of Regents, following the directive of
the Ohio General Assembly, has developed a new statewide policy
to facilitate movement of students and transfer credits from one
Ohio public college or university to another. The purpose of the
State Policy is to avoid duplication of course requirements and
to enhance student mobility throughout Ohio's higher education system.
Since independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not
be participating in the transfer policy, students interested in
transferring to an independent institution are encouraged to check
with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer
Ohio Board of Regents' Transfer and Articulation Policy established
the Transfer Module, which is a specific subset or the entire set
of a college or university's general education requirements. The
Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester hours
of specified course credits in English composition, mathematics,
fine arts, humanities, social science, behavioral science, natural
science, physical science, and interdisciplinary coursework.
transfer module completed at one college or university will automatically
meet the requirements of the transfer module at the receiving institution,
once the student is accepted. Students may be required, however,
to meet additional general education requirements that are not included
in the Transfer Module.
for Transfer Admission. Students meeting the requirements of the
Transfer Module are subject to the following conditions:
policy encourages receiving institutions to give preferential
consideration for admission to students who complete the Transfer
Module and either the associate of arts or the associate of
science degrees. These students will be able to transfer all
courses in which they received a passing grade of "D"
or better. Students must have an overall grade point average
of 2.0 to be given credit for the Transfer Module.
policy also encourages receiving institutions to give preferential
consideration for admission to students who complete the Transfer
Module with a grade of "C" or better in each course
and 60 semester hours. Students must have
an overall grade point average of 2.0 to be given credit for
the Transfer Module and only courses in which a "C"
or better has been earned will transfer.
policy encourages receiving institutions to admit, on a non-preferential
consideration basis, students who complete the Transfer Module
with a grade of "C" or better in each course and less
than 60 semester hours. These students will
be able to transfer all courses in which they received a grade
of "C" or better.
to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer
student will be automatically admitted to all majors, minors, or
fields of concentration at that institution. Once admitted, transfer
students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability
of catalog requirements as all other students. Furthermore, transfer
students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges
as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned.
All residency requirements must be successfully completed at the
receiving institution prior to the granting of a degree.
order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer
credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study
that will meet the requirements of a degree program at the receiving
institution. Specifically, you should identify early in your collegiate
studies an institution and major to which you desire to transfer.
Furthermore, you should determine if there are language requirements
or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman
or sophomore year. This will enable you to plan and pursue a course
of study that will articulate with the receiving institution's major.
You are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer
from both your advisor and the college or university to which you
plan to transfer.
A multi-level, broad based appeal process is required to
be in place at each institution. A student disagreeing with the
application of transfer credit by the receiving institution shall
be informed of the right to appeal the decision and the process
for filing the appeal. Each institution shall make available to
students the appeal process for that specific college or university.
a transfer student's appeal is denied by the institution after all
appeal levels within the institution have been exhausted, the institution
shall advise the student in writing of the availability and process
of appeal to the state level Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review
Appeals Review Committee shall review and recommend to institutions
the resolution of individual cases of appeal from transfer students
who have exhausted all local appeal mechanisms concerning applicability
of transfer credits at receiving institutions.
Appeal Procedure Regarding Transfer Credit Applicability
November 16, 1990, the Ohio Board of Regents passed a resolution
mandating that public institutions of higher education establish
a multilevel appeal procedure to be followed by students dissatisfied
with the applicability of transferred credit. The following multilevel
appeal procedure at Shawnee State University is designed to meet
the needs of these students and to comply with the Ohio Board of
of Transfer Credit
credit is awarded and posted to your Shawnee State University transcript
in accordance with accepted national and state standards. Generally,
all courses satisfactorily completed at regionally accredited institutions
are transferable. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for
posting this credit to your transcript.
of Transfer Credit
transfer credit has been posted to your transcript, the Office of
the Registrar posts the courses to your Degree Audit and provides
you with a copy of the audit.
mandate requires that you be notified of your right to appeal a
transfer credit applicability decision. You must file your written
appeal within ninety days following receipt of your Degree Audit.
The University must respond to your appeal within thirty days of
receipt of the appeal, at each appeal level. The appeal levels are
meet with the dean of the college in which you are enrolled to discuss
the course(s) in question. If both the dean and you are in agreement
that a change in applicability is desirable, the dean reports the
necessary change with rationale to the Registrar. If the dean determines
that an applicability change is not warranted, the dean notifies
you, the Transfer Credit Appeals Committee chair, and the provost
regarding the decision and the rationale.
you and the dean are unable to reach a mutually agreeable resolution,
you present your case before the Transfer Credit Appeals Committee.
The Transfer Credit Appeals Committee is charged with reviewing
the manner in which transfer credit has been applied to your degree
program when you and the appropriate dean are unable to reach a
mutually satisfactory agreement. The committee may vote to support
the dean's position, your position, or suggest alternatives for
the dean and you to consider. This committee reports to the provost
and is composed as follows:
faculty representative from each of the following departments:
English and Humanities
Fine, Digital and Performing Arts
Industrial and Engineering Technologies
the committee determines that a change in applicability is desirable,
the committee chair reports the necessary change with rationale
to you, the dean, and the Registrar. If the committee determines
that an applicability change is not warranted, the committee chair
notifies you, the dean, and the provost regarding the decision and
you and the Transfer Credit Appeals Committee are unable to reach
a mutually agreeable resolution, you present your case to the provost.
If the provost determines that a change in applicability is desirable,
he or she reports the necessary change with rationale to you, the
dean, the Transfer Credit Appeals Committee chair, and the Registrar.
If the provost determines that a change in applicability is not
warranted, the provost notifies you, the dean, and the Transfer
Credit Appeals Committee chair of the decision and the rationale.
You have no further recourse within the institution. However, if
you wish to pursue the matter further, a statewide appeals procedure
Credit Appeals Committee Membership. Faculty representatives to
the Transfer Credit Appeals Committee are determined by a procedure
agreed upon by the faculty within their respective units as indicated
in Level 2. Committee members annually elect a chair. The committee
chair votes only in the event of a tie. Staggered terms of three
years begin January 1. Elected representatives may be required to
meet during the summer months if a student submits an appeal during
that time period. Deans may appoint alternates if necessary. The
Registrar and the GEP direc