Below you will find answers and information to some of the most frequently asked questions about admission and transfer policies and procedures, as well as some best practices.
Edison State Has An "Open Admission" Policy
This means we will accept most applicants. In order to provide a safe, orderly, and effective learning environment, applicants who are identified as felons may be asked to complete a supplemental application. Additional information may be found below or in the Student Handbook.
A student planning to attend Edison State Community College should follow the college preparatory curriculum in high school as recommended by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Board of Education. This curriculum includes four units of English, three units of Mathematics, three units of Science, three units of Social Studies, two units of Foreign Language, and one unit of Fine Arts. Students who have not completed the recommended course work in high school may complete it at Edison State, if needed. Students must provide an official high school or GED transcript upon admission.
The privilege of early admission may be granted to high school students who have demonstrated appropriate ability or special talent. Students must be recommended in writing by a high school official, and must satisfy any course prerequisites including placement assessment. These students can enroll for a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of course work in any academic semester and a maximum of six (6) credit hours in a summer session. Use the contact form on the web to obtain additional information.
College Credit Plus (CCP)
Eligible high school students who elect to participate in the College Credit Plus program and who meet the admissions criteria as outlined by the Ohio Board of Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, and Edison State Community College may attend Edison State. Students will be required to submit an application for admission to the program and a high school transcript. Students may participate in a skills assessment, and students accepted into the program must attend a required orientation. Please visit the College Credit Plus page for more information.
An applicant who has attended any other college(s) must have official grade transcripts (certified and mailed by the issuing school directly to Edison State Community College) from each college attended sent to the Enrollment Services Office immediately upon making application. It is the student's responsibility to have transcripts sent to Edison State. Please visit the Transfer Students page for more information.
Transient students who regularly attend another college are welcome to apply for admission and enroll at Edison State for additional credits. The home college should be consulted on course selections to ensure the courses satisfy program requirements. Transient students must submit a completed application form and documentation for course prerequisites. Unofficial transcripts will suffice.NOTE Financial aid is not available for non-degree or non-certificate students.
Felons Admission and Readmissions Policy
Edison State Community College, in order to provide a safe, orderly, and effective learning environment, may deny admission to an applicant based on prior criminal convictions where such admission would involve an unreasonable risk of property, or would pose a risk to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the public. Accordingly, campus review procedures generally include procuring appropriate information related to previous criminal and incarceration records and obtaining recommendations from corrections' officials and, at times, current employment or educational supervisors. The following procedures will be followed in the case of any admitted or identified felon requesting admission to Edison State Community College.
PROCEDUREApplicants who are identified as felons will need to complete the following steps so that a finding or denial of admission to Edison State Community College can be determined:
1. Complete an application for admission and provide required academic information (high school and/or college transcripts, GED test scores, etc.).
a. If requested, complete the Supplemental Application for the Admission or Enrollment of Identified Felons and submit the following information.
iii. Official Criminal Record: Documentation of dates, locations, and nature of criminal offense(s). This information is available through law enforcement agencies.
iii. A current letter of recommendation from a law enforcement official, such as an assigned parole officer, probation officer, or a licensed mental health professional.
iii. A personal statement from the applicant, indicating career and educational plans, employment status, and why the application should be approved.
b. Upon receipt of the completed Supplemental Application, the following action will be taken:
iii. The Chair of the Communication, Awareness, Response (CARE) Team will conduct a preliminary review of the Supplemental Application. The Chair may interview the applicant to clarify issues and gather additional information if the Chair finds it necessary to do so. The Chair may contact the appropriate field parole or probation officer to obtain verification of the information submitted by the applicant
iii. The Chair will convene a meeting of the CARE Team to review relevant information concerning the applicant.
2. If the CARE Team finds that no unreasonable risk exists, the applicant will be notified by the Chair that he or she has been accepted for admission to Edison State Community College. The CARE Team reserves the right to place conditions and limits on the enrollment of the applicant, including but not limited to time, place, and delivery method of instruction, and total number of hours to be pursued per semester. The CARE Team also reserves the right to notify faculty, staff or administration on a need-to-know basis, of the applicant's name, criminal and rehabilitative history.
3. If the CARE Team determines that the applicant's admission would involve an unreasonable risk to property or the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public, the applicant will be informed that his or her admission has been denied. At the applicant's written request, a written statement or reasons for denial will be provided within 30 days of receipt of the request. The decision of the CARE Team is final and is not subject to appeal or further review.
Edison State is authorized by the federal government to enroll F-1 students. Students seeking this immigration status must meet the admission requirements of other Edison State students. To be issued an I-20, (Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant students) students will also be required to provide proof of proficiency with the English language (500 on TOEFL, for example) and proof of sufficient funding to meet all expenses for the duration of their enrollment at Edison State. Aliens in the United States with a visa category other than F-1 (and their dependents) may enroll in Edison State (unless their visa category specifically prohibits study). These students are not subject to the restrictions listed for students seeking the F-1 category; they may pay non-resident fees. Please visit the International Students page for more information.
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students are conditionally admitted until all of the following requirements are met:
1. Completed online application form or paper application form.
2. Official high school transcripts or GED score reports, certified and mailed by the issuing school directly to Edison State Community College. (Ohio GED Request Form, Out-of-State GED Request Form)
3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (certified and mailed by the issuing school directly to Edison State Community College).
4. American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results if taken previously.
5. ACCUPLACER assessment scores in English, reading, and math, except for those candidates who have completed at least 15 semester hours of credit at other accredited institutions of higher education (including math and English courses) or who have qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. See additional information here.
NOTE Financial aid requirements differ from general admission requirements. See additional information here.NOTE Students whose placement levels indicate they are not prepared for college level work must satisfactorily complete the prescribed developmental courses prior to gaining regular admittance status. Students may receive counseling regarding alternative educational or training options.
Males 18 through 26 are required by state law to file a statement of selective service status with the College. This statement can be completed during the admission process or registration.
Special Student Status
Special student status admission will be granted to any student who is not attending high school and who wishes to register for technical, general education or personal interest classes. These students may register for up to five hours an academic term, or a total of 12 academic credits. After a special status student has completed 12 credit hours, he/she must complete the requirements for regular admission to Edison State Community College.
Fast Track Students
Students pursuing Fast Track options may need to satisfy course prerequisites which may include placement testing.NOTE Financial aid is not available for Fast Track students.
Assessment determines the level of academic readiness needed for a student to be successful in college and is crucial to the proper advising of students in course selection. The ACCUPLACER assessment scores are used to advise and register students in classes suited to their academic achievement and skill level in an effort to help ensure their academic success. The assessment will include an evaluation of reading, language usage, and mathematical skills. Placement assessment for computer information technology and keyboarding may also be required. See additional information here.
Placement assessments are effective for two years. Students who have not taken Math or English within two years of their placement assessment should reassess.
Exceptions to the required assessment might include:
Applicants enrolling in courses for audit (without credit) must submit a completed application form. Auditing students receive neither grades nor credits for courses. They are not required to submit assignments or take examinations. Fees for auditing a course are the same as those for enrolling for credit. Financial aid is not available for auditing. Students wishing to audit online courses must meet readiness requirements for online classes.
Edison State Community College follows the Ohio Board of Regents Rule 3333-1-10 for determining a student's residency status. Students may obtain a copy of this rule from the Registrar's Office. Specific exceptions and circumstances may require a review of each student's residency classification on an individual basis.
Start at Edison State and transfer your coursework for another degree. Edison State's small class sizes and affordable tuition make it easy to launch your bachelor's degree close to home.
Edison State's "2 + 2 University Transfer" degrees are your gateway to over 250 bachelor's degrees at Ohio's public and private universities, as well as to colleges across the United States.
If you plan to transfer we encourage you to
The Edison State staff works closely with four-year institutions to keep programs up-to-date and transferable. Edison State's articulation agreements with area colleges and universities list the courses that you can take at Edison State to prepare for popular majors at nearby schools.
Some of the universities that recent Edison State graduates have transferred to include Bluffton, Bowling Green, Capital, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Franklin, Ohio Northern, Ohio State, University of Toledo, Urbana, Wittenberg, Wright State and Xavier.
Edison State's academic advisors utilize a variety of transferability tools including:
Ohio Higher Ed
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By completing Edison State's Transfer Module, students can satisfy the general education requirements at other Ohio colleges and universities. The Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester hours of courses in the fields of English, mathematics, arts/humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and physical sciences.
Edison State has articulation agreements with area colleges and universities which list courses that you can take at Edison State to prepare for popular majors at nearby schools, including Wright State University, Sinclair Community College and many others. See the articulation agreements list for information on transferring credits to and from Edison State. Contact an advisor for more detailed information.
Transferology Transferology details course equivalencies between colleges and universities in Ohio by school and by course. It enables you to find out what credits will transfer to where and how those credits apply to a program of study.
Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGS)
Developed by the Ohio Board of Regents and created by The University Systems of Ohio, the Transfer Assurance Guides provide information on general and specific education coursework that students can complete and transfer.
Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE)
The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education provides several resources for new and transfer students including:
Edison State Community College has entered into partnerships with several universities to offer degree completion programs on the Edison State campuses and online. These partnerships are designed for adult students who have completed technical A.A.S., A.A.B., or A.T.S. degrees and wish to continue their education beyond the associate degree.
Often times, these programs are accelerated or online. These programs apply more of the technical credits to a bachelor's degree than a traditional transfer program. However, A.A./A.S. degree students are also eligible for admissions to these programs. In many cases, the student may take additional coursework at Edison State before or during the time they are enrolled in the university.
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IMPORTANT For more information on these programs, please contact the college representative listed. Costs are at the rate of the degree-granting school.
The Wright State University PASS Partnership Program formalizes the link between the Wright State University Dayton and Lake Campuses and the Edison State Community College Piqua and Darke County Campuses to provide seamless student movement between the two institutions. The objective is to facilitate student entry or reentry into a bachelor's degree program at Wright State University. Click the button below for more information.
WSU PASS Partnership
To receive credit for courses taken at other colleges or universities, you must have your official transcript(s) from any previous institution(s) sent directly to the Office of Registration and Records at Edison State Community College. Most institutions charge a small fee to forward your official transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed to:
Registration and Records
Edison State Community College
1973 Edison Drive
Piqua, OH 45356
Once received, your transcript(s) will be evaluated and a Transfer Credit Evaluation report will be sent to you via email if you have an Edison State email account. You will receive your transfer credit evaluation report via U.S. postal mail if you do not have an Edison State account. The transfer credit evaluation report will detail all credits that will transfer to Edison State Community College.
Generally, Edison State will accept credits earned from other
regionally accredited institutions as follows:
Edison State may accept credit from an institution that is not regionally accredited as outlined below:
ResourcesTo research credit transfer and course equivalencies, visit the
For information on how coursework may transfer, please refer to the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer Policy, Section F,
Course Applicability System.
Non-U.S. Institutions If you would like to transfer credits to Edison State from an institution of higher education located outside of the United States, you will need to have your coursework evaluated by an approved agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.
Review the Credit for Prior Learning information below for specifics regarding how to have your credit posted for credit earned by exam or other means such as Advanced Placement exams, proficiency exams, CLEP, DSST, Tech Prep or professional certifications, etc.
You may have an opportunity to earn college credit for non-collegiate learning that you have garnered prior to enrolling at Edison State Community College. Make arrangements to apply for prior learning credit as soon as possible after admission.
You may receive credit for an Edison State Community College course by using one of the methods listed below to demonstrate successful completion of appropriate prior academic and or/work experience. Credit awards must be equivalent to a particular course. Elective credit is not awarded for prior learning. Up to 30 credit hours may be earned via prior learning.
Students should be aware that prior learning credit awarded by Edison State Community College may not be applicable to degrees at other colleges or universities. A student who intends to transfer to another college or university should consult with a transfer advisor at that institution concerning the transferability of Edison State prior-learning credit.
The following are methods by which prior learning credit may be awarded.
Tech Prep Agreements College Tech Prep is a program of study that begins in a student's junior year of high school or career center and continues at Edison State Community College. College Tech Prep allows students to earn credits toward their college degree while they are attending high school. Edison State participates in the Northwest Regional Center for Ohio College Tech Prep.
Military Experience and Training Edison State may award credits to veterans for military training and experience. To be considered for credit, please order a copy of your
Army/AARTS transcript, or
Sailor/Marine/ARTS transcript or
Air Force/CCAF transcript, and provide a copy of your DD214 to Edison State Community College, Registration and Records office. Credit will be awarded and will appear on your transcript as military credit. There is no charge for the posting of military credit.
Advanced Placement (AP) Edison State awards credit for appropriate scores (generally 3 or higher) on nationally-recognized Advanced Placement (AP) exams. To receive credit for Advanced Placement exams,
submit your scores to Edison State Community College, Registration and Records Office for evaluation.
Appropriate credit will be awarded and will appear on your transcript as credit by exam. There is no charge for the posting of Advanced Placement credit.
Edison State Proficiency Exams You may receive credit for some Edison State Community College courses by way of an internal proficiency or 'test out' procedure. Students register for a proficiency exam, pay the appropriate fee and are contacted by the proctor to arrange an appointment for the exam. Once a proficiency exam is successfully completed and passed, appropriate credit will be awarded and will appear on your transcript as credit by exam. There is no refund for failed exams. For additional information about test out options, contact an advisor.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Edison State awards credit for appropriate scores on the nationally-recognized CLEP exam. The
College Board website provides study and review resources for CLEP exams. You are encouraged to visit this site for study tips, test samples and additional resources. To receive credit for CLEP,
submit your scores to Edison State Community College, Registration and Records Office.
Appropriate credit will be awarded and will appear on your transcript as a credit by exam. There is no charge for the posting of credit by exam. To schedule a CLEP exam, email Alice Gurklies or phone 937.778.7952.
DSST Subject Standardized Tests Edison State will award credit for DSST exams. To receive credit, submit your
DSST transcript to Edison State Community College, Registration and Records Office for evaluation.
Appropriate credit will be awarded and will appear on your transcript as credit by exam.
Professional Exams You may be eligible for credit for the successful completion of nationally-recognized professional exams that support the mastery of skills or competencies related to your Edison State degree or certificate requirements. Students may be eligible to receive credit for an Edison State course or group of courses related to the skills or competencies tested on the exam. Credit awards are based on the
American Council of Education recommendations. An advisor can recommend course equivalencies for professional exams.
Portfolio Evaluation You may be eligible for credit for the demonstrated mastery of skills or competencies though work experience. The Portfolio Evaluation Guide documents the portfolio development and subsequent evaluation method by which knowledge or expertise is converted into college credits. Credits may be awarded if learning corresponds directly to a course currently offered at Edison State. Specific documentation and verification of knowledge and applicability to the equivalent course(s) is required. This procedure measures your achievement of specific course objectives as evaluated by subject experts. You should discuss this program with an advisor and meet informally with a faculty member for each course, to clarify questions about portfolio components, requirements and procedures.
Students seeking the CIT Network Computer Management A.A.B. degree can earn credit for the following professional certifications: A+, NET+, Security+, and CCNA. See the
Academic Catalog for more information.
Students seeking the CIT System Administrator A.A.B. degree can earn credit for the following professional certifications: A+, NET+, Security+, MCITP:SA, and CCNA. See the
Academic Catalog for more information.
Students seeking a Business Management A.A.B. degree or a Business Management, Human Resource Management Option, A.A.B. degree with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification, can earn up to 18 credit hours for their certification.