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[PRELIMINARY] Course Catalog 2024-2025 
[PRELIMINARY] Course Catalog 2024-2025

Admission of Transfer Students

When reviewing the applications of transfer students, Oberlin admissions counselors engage in a holistic evaluation process. In addition to the record of preparatory work, personal recommendations and TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores (if applicable), an applicant must submit an official transcript of college work completed, a list of courses being carried during the current term/semester, and evidence of good academic standing. Final decisions concerning the amount of credit to be assigned are deferred until the completion of work at the previous college. Where grades are available, the strongest candidates usually have a B average or better and have provided the admissions committee with valid reasons for transfer.

Transfer students may apply for either the spring or the fall semester. Students in their first year of study at another college are typically considered for fall admission only.

A College of Arts and Sciences transfer student must satisfy the requirements for a major; complete the courses/credits listed below with no fewer than 16 courses/64 credits earned at Oberlin or on Oberlin-sponsored programs (107 credits for double-degree students); complete the residence requirements listed below; and maintain good academic standing.

A transfer student to the College of Arts and Sciences who enters with the following standing must complete the corresponding residence requirement:

  • a first-year, second semester must complete a minimum of six semesters in residence at Oberlin
  • a second-year, first-semester must complete a minimum six semesters in residence at Oberlin
  • a second-year, second-semester must complete a minimum of five semesters in residence at Oberlin
  • a third-year, first-semester must complete a minimum of four semesters in residence at Oberlin

Work completed on an approved academic leave of absence counts towards the residence requirement, so long as the minimum 16 full courses/64 credits are earned over four semesters in residence at Oberlin College.