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Admission criteria depends on how many credits you have already earned from another institution at the time of application:

  • 24 or more college credits: GPA of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission to Oakland University. OU will also consider positive trends of most recent grades.
  • fewer than 24 college credits: Admission will be based on both college and high school records; you must send both college and high school transcripts.
Have official transcript(s) from each college or university you have attended (and high school if you have fewer than 24 college credits) mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college, transcripts from each must be provided. 

Transfer students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should check oakland.edu/hc for additional admission criteria. 

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You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year. But to be eligible for scholarships, be sure to complete your application by August 1, 2014 for fall 2014 entry and December 1, 2014 for winter 2015 entry.


  1. Create an Admissions login and record your login and PIN so you can check your application status.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. If admitted, you will receive transfer credit evaluations within one week. 
  4. If admitted, you will be invited to attend a transfer student orientation where you will receive important information on the university, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. 

Check your admissions status
Once your application materials are received, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will make a decision within 12 weeks. If applying less than four weeks before your intended term of entry, we will prioritize your application and make a decision as soon as possible.

The decision will be to admit, delay or deny. Admissions decisions are sent by email or U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360.

To check your admissions status, return to the online application system
and select “Apply for Admission.” Enter the login and PIN you created when you first applied. You may also request a status check by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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As an incoming Oakland student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. OU accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions and some non-regionally accredited institutions. All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s program. 

After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a 2.0 (or equivalent) or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU.

Transfer Open House
Transfer students can receive an immediate admissions decision and credit evaluation, and even learn about orientation at a Transfer Open House. OU staff will be available to answer questions about general education requirements, transfer credit procedures and financial aid. Please bring two copies of each transcript for every college or university you have attended. Search and register for a Transfer Open House now.

International credit evaluation
Students with international credentials must have an official, course-by-course evaluation sent by World Education Services or Educational Credential EvaluatorIf you're an international student, go here

Military students
Military students with one year of continuous active duty service are awarded four elective credits. Further transfer credit may be awarded after review of military transcripts and ACE guidelines. Veterans, go here

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Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP. We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

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Now that you have been accepted, you can download and print the step-by-step enrollment guide for transfer students to stay on track during the enrollment process (you should also receive one with your acceptance letter). 

Make sure you're ready for your first semester at Oakland University by going over your New Grizzly checklist. You may have already done some of it during your admissions process, but the checklist will make sure you've covered all your bases like signing up for orientation, considering your financial options, and registering for classes. 

All transfer students are required to complete both an online and on-campus portion of orientation. Get started at the link below. 

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