Registrar Services Location

North Foundation Hall, Room 160
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3450

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feel free to phone us, email or instant message us during our office hours.

Office of the Registrar

O'Dowd Hall, Room 100
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Fax: (248) 370-2586


Change can be intimidating, and moving from one college to another may seem overwhelming. At Oakland University, we make the transfer process easy. Our resources ensure your hard earned credits will transfer and apply to your degree. So no matter where you're going, or where you came from, OU is where your perseverance pays off — and you move one step closer to graduation.

Learn how to transfer to OU, apply for transfer scholarships and explore careers within your intended major. See for yourself why OU was named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll for our outstanding support of transfer students.


OU’s dedicated academic advisers will help you during the entire transfer process. With their constant communication and expert advice, they’ll help you navigate transfer credit procedures and form a degree plan of study.

After applying to OU, you’ll receive a preliminary evaluation of your coursework (showing how your earned credits apply to OU degree requirements) by mail within a few weeks of admission. If you need an individual course evaluated, please read the instructions in the Transfer Course Review section. Transfer credit will be posted to your academic record after you’re officially admitted to OU and after we receive your official transcripts from previous institutions.

A final credit evaluation showing how transfer credits apply to specific major requirements is completed by the academic department of your declared major. You need to meet with your OU academic adviser to receive a copy of this final evaluation.

Tuition at OU is based on class standing, residency and number of enrolled credits. If transfer credits change your class standing from sophomore to junior mid-semester, the tuition will reassess from lower level rates to upper level rates. The new tuition charges will be due on the next scheduled payment due date. If you are enrolled in an OU payment plan, the tuition will be divided equally among any remaining payment plan installments.

Coming from a community college?
Here’s where your past community college studies pay off: you may transfer a maximum of one-half the number of credits required for completion of a specific baccalaureate program. If you completed more than one-half the number of credits, OU will apply the credits that best fit your specific program. Additional credit may be transferred from regionally accredited four-year institutions. At least 32 credits must be earned at Oakland University. Upon initial entry to OU (or upon readmission after a lapse of six years or more), courses taken at a two-year institution may be accepted to satisfy requirements even though the rule limiting community college credit may prevent the acceptance of any credits from such courses. A continuing student at OU who has reached this credit limit may not receive additional credit from a two-year institution.

Coming from a four-year institution?
To get you closer to your graduation goal, we generally do not limit the amount of credit transferred from four-year institutions. Certain remedial courses may not be accepted, and religion courses offered by religiously affiliated post-secondary schools require faculty approval for transfer.

Attending OU and taking classes elsewhere?
Sometimes current OU students complete coursework (gen ed classes, summer courses, etc.) at other institutions. Those students should have an official transcript mailed directly from the guest institution to the Office of the Registrar. Please contact your OU academic adviser to receive a copy of the final evaluation.

Transferring credit from an international institution?
We value the experience of international studies, and are proud to welcome diverse perspectives to OU. If you completed coursework outside the United States or Canada, you must provide an evaluation from a credentials evaluation service. Learn more about those services from Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

Attending OU and wishing to transfer to another institution?
We’d hate to see you leave OU, but if you must go, you will need to request an official transcript to transfer your credits to another institution.
Transfer Equivalency

OU’s Transfer Equivalency Tool contains course equivalencies for community colleges and four-year institutions (courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- or 2.0 on a numeric scale).

Equivalencies are intended for reference purposes and are subject to change. The inclusion or exclusion of courses does not guarantee applicability of transfer courses to a degree program. 


The below transfer guides are for students seeking first-time transfer to Oakland University — they detail how specific major requirements may be met by that transfer institution alone. Students who earned credits from multiple institutions should also consult with an OU adviser who will take into consideration their entire body of coursework when recommending courses to take.

To download a guide, simply select the college and then the program. Based on current transfer equivalencies and current program requirements, the guide provides suggested courses to take at the community college if you plan to transfer into this program at OU. Consult with counselors at the community college and academic advisers at OU when planning a transfer program. Also keep in mind:

  • Beginning with the 2018/2019 academic year, Oakland University has changed to a letter grading system. While transferable coursework completed with a C- will continue to be accepted by the university as general credit, specific degree requirements will demand a course be completed with a C or better. Those planning to transfer a course earned with a C- should consult with an adviser in the unit of their major to determine the applicability of the course to their requirements.
  • You can transfer up to one-half of the credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a community college. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Students who complete 3-credit courses may be required to enroll in additional course credits to reach the required minimums for OU.
  • Community college courses that transfer in as equivalent to 3000-4000 level will not count toward OU upper level requirements.

If you do not see a transfer guide for your intended major, please use our transfer equivalency self-service tool, TREQ, along with the Transfer Credit Evaluator to plan your transfer.


We have formal agreements with each of Michigan’s 28 community colleges that outline the specific academic pathway for transferring to OU. You can transfer up to one-half of the credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a community college. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.) Simply follow a guide below to see how your credits can transfer for your intended major.

Articulation agreements without signatures are still valid; if you are a college administrator interested in formally signing the agreements listed under your school, or if you’re interested in partnering with OU for a new agreement, please contact Matt Zeig, Transfer Articulation Coordinator.

Michigan Transfer Agreement

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) allows you to satisfy OU’s general education requirements at a Michigan community college (with the exception of a writing intensive course in the major and a capstone course, and you must either transfer in a course for the knowledge applications requirement or take a course at OU). To fulfill the MTA, you must successfully complete at least 30 credits, with at least a C or 2.0 grade in each course. These credits, which will be certified by a Michigan community college, should be met according to the following distribution:

  • 1 course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or 1 course in Communications. Oakland University strongly recommends that you take the community college equivalent of WRT 1060.
  • 1 course in Mathematics
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
Note: If these courses do not add up to 30 hours, then you must take an additional course from one of these groups. Also, your transcript must bear the “MTA Satisfied” designation.

MACRAO Transfer Agreement

After summer 2019, students will no longer be able to pursue the MACRAO Transfer Agreement, but it will be honored at Oakland University forever.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework must be taken at one of Michigan’s participating community colleges. The courses needed to satisfy the MACRAO requirements are as follows:

  • English Composition – 6 credit hours
  • Science and Math – 8 credit hours (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas. At least one science course must include a laboratory.)
  • Social Science – 8 credit hours (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.)
  • Humanities – 8 credit hours (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.)
Note: You must earn an average of C- or 2.0 grade in all courses. Also, your transcript must bear the “MACRAO Agreement Satisfied” designation.

Reverse Transfer
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College offer reverse transfer. Reverse transfer involves reviewing credits earned at the four-year college or university to determine if you are eligible for an associate degree at the community college you attended.
Transfer Course
Review Requests

Students planning to take a future transfer course or requesting the re-evaluation of a course have the following options:

  • If you are seeking to fulfill a course requirement from a professional school (i.e, School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Education and Human Services, School of Health Sciences or School of Nursing), please inquire with the appropriate academic advising office.