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Early/Middle College

Early/Middle college programs offer students a unique opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Oakland University welcomes students participating in Early/Middle College programs to apply and enroll at OU.

Early/Middle college students are considered entering freshmen if they plan to attend OU immediately after receiving their high school diploma. If an Associate's degree is earned prior to high school graduation, students may still be considered entering freshmen. Early/Middle college students are considered transfers if they decide to continue pursuing college work after receiving their high school diploma.

If you have questions regarding your student status, please do not hesitate to contact an Admissions Adviser by calling (800) OAK-UNIV.


Oakland University classifies students who complete college-level work prior to receiving their high school diploma as entering freshmen.

Students who enroll in college-level work after receiving their high school diploma are considered transfer students.


You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year, prior to the deadlines listed below. To be eligible for merit-based scholarshipsentering freshmen should apply and submit all required materials by March 1 for fall entry.

Entering transfers should apply and submit all required materials 
by August 1 for fall entry, or December 1 for winter entry.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the following dates:

  • Fall semester — by August 1
  • Winter semester — by December 1
  • Summer I session — by April 1
  • Summer II session — by June 1


One thing you'll notice about Oakland University is that there are no fees — no application fee, no fee to use the Recreation Center, not even a graduation fee.

Follow these steps to complete your free admission application.

  1. Create an Admissions login and record your login and PIN so you can check your application status.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Freshmen: have your official high school transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have your official transcripts sent directly to our office by following the instructions in this video.  Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions. Follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to Oakland University. 
    OU's ACT school code is 2033
    OU's SAT school code is 1497
  4. Transfers: have transcripts sent from all previously attended institutions regardless of whether or not credit was actually earned. The application process requires that students list all institutions attended. Failure to do so may result in denial of admission or subsequent cancellation of admission. Transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of credit must also submit high school transcripts and SAT (or ACT) scores, and must meet admission standards which are applied to beginning freshmen. Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student."

Check your admission status

Once your application materials are received, Undergraduate Admissions will make a decision within 8-12 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. Admissions decisions are sent by U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you should contact 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 Undergraduate Admissions.

Transferring Credit

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.

College Credit Advising Days provide guidance from OU academic advising staff, to ensure you’re on the right path for maximum transferability of your coursework. At College Credit Advising Days academic advisers will be available to assist you in completing a course plan designed to assist you in making a successful transfer of credit to Oakland University. Sign up for a College Credit Advising Day.

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.

How to transfer credits.

Transfer Program Guides

Follow a program guide 
for your intended OU major, from any community college in Michigan.

Transfer Agreements

OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including 
the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement.