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Cleveland State University Transfer Guide

Review the Transfer Guides for classes taken at one of our partner community colleges:

  • Columbus State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Lakeland Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Owens Community College

Military Credits

Military personnel may be evaluated for transfer credit eligibility upon receipt of an official transcript from the appropriate dispensing body. For more information on transfer credit for Military Personnel, please visit our Office of the University Registrar.

You worked as a team member in the service, and there is a team in place at CSU to help you to complete your current mission successfully – use the team. The Veterans Student Success Program will help you find the academic assistance that best meets your learning needs.

External Test Credits

Cleveland State University grants credit for qualifying scores earned in the Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations (both offered by the College Board). Follow the links below for information on credits available for the various examinations.

Students seeking credit for AP or CLEP examinations must have their official score report sent directly from the College Board to the Office of the University Registrar.

Transfer Module

View the Ohio Transfer Module. The Transfer Module is a subset or entire set of a college or university's general education curriculum in A.A., A.S. and baccalaureate degree programs.


Cleveland State University awards transfer credit for academic work completed at other colleges or universities that are accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:

  • MSMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NEASC: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA-HLC: North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, Higher Learning Commission
  • NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Commission

Students can visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) database for a complete listing of more than 7, 600 degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than 18, 700 programs that are accredited by United States accrediting organizations recognized either by CHEA or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or both.

Transfer Credit Appeals

Once a transfer credit evaluator determines which classes are transferable, students may appeal equivalency decisions by lodging a petition with the Transfer Credit Evaluation Appeals Committee. Students seeking to appeal a transfer credit decision should meet with an academic advisor for assistance in compiling a petition.

Repeat Policy

Transfer credit is subject to institutional repeat policy (i.e. if you repeat a course that you have already received transfer credit for).

Transfer Credit - Frequently Asked Questions

I am an incoming freshman who has earned PSEOP/College Credit Plus credits. What should I do to get my transfer credit evaluated at CSU?
Students who have earned PSEOP credits should submit an official copy of their transcript to the Office of the University Registrar to be evaluated.

How will the work appear on my CSU transcript?
Only the name of the institution will be listed. Courses and grades from other schools do not appear on the CSU transcript.

Can I meet CSU's General Education requirements using my transfer credits?
Yes, but there are restrictions. For example, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Speaking Across the Curriculum (SPAC) courses must be completed at CSU. You cannot receive WAC or SPAC credit for a transfer course.

Can I meet my major requirements using my transfer credits?

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