The Office of the Registrar administers the transfer of credit policy.
Important Note: Current Oberlin students are required to seek permission in advance from the Office of the Registrar to take courses away from Oberlin. Advance approval gives the opportunity to evaluate the proposed course(s) and determine its transferability to Oberlin.
Because of COVID-19 disruptions, the Oberlin College curricular committees approved a temporary exception on the limits for transfer of credit. If a student failed (earned a grade of F or NE or NP) a course in the spring semester 2020 and wishes to take a course in summer 2020, 2021, or 2022 to keep on target for graduation, they will be allowed to take an additional fourth course and transfer it to Oberlin. The usual processes remain in place: prior approval for transfer credit is recommended and a fee of $15.00 per credit hour will be assessed.
Information such as the type of work accepted for transfer to Oberlin, transfer of credit limitations, exclusions to transfer of credit, regulations for work done in music, foreign countries or non-degree granting institutions, requesting transfer of credit, evaluation of transfer credits, and more are included in the Guide to Transfer of Credit Policies and Procedures.
The following degree requirements must be completed at Oberlin College: Curriculum Exploration (SSCI, NSMA, ARHU); Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QFR); Writing (WINT, WADV); and Cultural Diversity (CD). Exceptions to this are students admitted as transfers are eligible to earn up to one full course for each of the Curriculum Exploration requirements (SSCI, NSMA, ARHU) and students who go on a foreign study away are eligible to receive Cultural Diversity (CD) credit equal to one full course. Other work transferred to Oberlin may be counted within the transfer of credit limitations toward the degree but will not count toward the above requirements.
A fee applies to the transfer of credit; see the Expenses section of the current academic year catalog.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, Juniors attended Oberlin in spring and summer; Sophomores attended in fall and summer. In the semesters in which a student was not on campus, Winter Term opportunities were offered. However, an exception was made to allow Sophomores and Juniors to enroll in a course or courses at another institution concurrent with Winter Term (in the fall for Juniors and in the spring for Sophomores.) Any work taken at another institution must meet Oberlin College's rules for transfer of credit, including limits and type of work. For more information, please see the transfer of credit guide.
Due to public health and safety, Oberlin canceled study away for the Spring 2021 semester. As an extension of this policy, students on leave in Spring 2021 were not be permitted to request transfer of credit for coursework completed at institutions outside of the United States. An exception was made for students who lived abroad and were studying in the country of their permanent residence (as reflected in My Self-Service Banner) at the time course(s) were taken. Students were asked to request exceptions in advance of completing coursework by contacting email@example.com. The following form was required Spring 2021 International Transfer of Credit.