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 visit oakland.edu/hc for additional admission criteria.
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.
Transfer Program Guides
OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement.
International credit evaluation
Students with international credentials must have an official, course-by-course evaluation sent by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluator. If you're an international student, go here.
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
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
By following the path laid out by our Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, high school and transfer students can reserve a place at Oakland University, one of the state’s premier universities. Whether you’re a community college student hoping to transfer after the completion of your associate degree or a high school junior planning ahead, you have a unique chance to secure your future.
The TAG program gives you access to special TAG Advising Days, which provide academic advising from OU staff, to ensure you’re on the right path for maximum transferability of your community college coursework. When you follow the TAG program and complete a course plan designed for a transfer to Oakland University, you have the assurance that every effort was made to maximize your credit and to spare you from having to repeat a course.
Transfer Admission Guarantee Eligibility
If you can answer “yes” to every statement below, you may be eligible to participate in the TAG program:
- I am planning to complete my bachelor’s degree through Oakland University
- I plan to have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher
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.