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.
Electronic transcripts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (current OU students should have their transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com). 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.
Additionally, 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. Learn more at oakland.edu/tag.
Transfer students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should visit oakland.edu/hc for additional admission criteria.
You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year, prior to the deadlines listed below. To be eligible for scholarships, be sure to complete your application by August 1 for fall entry or December 1 for winter entry. Transfer students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should visit oakland.edu/hc for additional admission criteria.
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
- Create an Admissions login and record your login and PIN so you can check your application status.
- Complete the online application.
- Transfer student applicants must 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 ACT (or SAT) 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."
- If admitted, you will receive a transfer credit evaluation within one week.
- 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 admission statusOnce 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. To check your admission status, return to the online application system. Enter the login and PIN you created when you first applied. You may also request a status check by calling Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360.
Admissions decisions are sent by U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you may contact Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360 to speak with an Admissions Adviser.
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
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.
The TAG program gives you access to special TAG Advising Days, which provide guidance from OU academic advising 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. Sign up for a TAG Advising Day. Already admitted to OU? Sign up for transfer student orientation.
In order to best maximize your time at the community college, the TAG Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors planning to begin their post-secondary education at the community college, or current community college students with less than 56 earned credits.
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.