Welcome to The Ohio State University!

We are glad that you are considering transferring to Ohio State and as a student in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. We are here to help you through this decision-making process and provide you with important information in making your decision.

Each term, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) welcomes pre-major transfer students from colleges and universities across Ohio, the United States, and the world. Our programs attract talented students who want to make a difference in fields of study such as:

  • Athletic Training
  • Health Information Management and Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Dietetics
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Radiologic Sciences and Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
We also offer the following graduate programs:
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (as of Summer 2016)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science 
  • Coordinated Graduate programs in Medical Dietetics and Medical Laboratory Science
  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
New pre-major transfer students admitted to The Ohio State University through Undergraduate Admissions are directly enrolled in HRS (transfer or first-time) are considered pre-majors and must follow the application procedure and deadlines for admission into the desired major. This procedure includes the completion of prerequisite courses, achievement of the required and competitive grade point average, and any other requirements stipulated for the major. Other admission criteria vary depending on the major. Some majors may have admission criteria that include an interview or observation hours. Visit each department's admissions page to learn more and remember that admission is competitive.

Most of our programs are "lock-step," meaning that many important courses need to be taken in sequential order, and often those courses are only available once per year. This means that careful planning with an assigned academic advisor is critical. Even so, there is always the chance that the completion of the program can be longer than anticipated.

New transfer students who have completed all of their prerequisites and application requirements can apply directly to a SHRS major through the Graduate & Professional Admissions Office.
Steps for Applying & FAQ's

Steps for Applying & FAQ's

Step 1: Check to see how your credits will transfer

To determine how your courses will transfer there are a few options:

  1. You may access Transferology. This website allows students to see if the courses they took at their previous institution will transfer to Ohio State as direct equivalents (that is for any institution that utilizes Transferology). Students need a username to access Transferology.
  2. Students can go to http://admissions.osu.edu/standards/, please select the major that you are interested in pursuing and then select the school that you have taken courses. You will see a list of pre-requisites and the courses that have direct equivalents (not all schools are listed).
  3. Go to the Registrar’s website – click the Transfer Credit tab on the left hand side and then select the OSU Quick Equivalencies (XLS). This is an excel spreadsheet that lists direct equivalents from many different schools (not all schools are listed).

Step 2: If your school does not utilize any of the above tools, please complete a Prerequisite Evaluation if you have not yet applied or been admitted to Ohio State

Contact Graduate & Professional Admissions for a prerequisite evaluation at 614.292.9444 or http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/pdf/PrereqEval.pdf​. Please allow 7-10 business days for the receipt of the results of the evaluation. 

Step 3: Attend a Transfer Campus Overview and HRS Overview Session

You can sign up for both overview sessions on the UAFYE website at campusvisit.osu.edu. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn about our undergraduate programs and answer a lot of your general questions.  

Step 4: Arrange an appointment with a SHRS pre-major advisor

To make an appointment with an advisor to answer your specific questions and to see when you would be eligible to apply to one of our majors, please contact our office at:

SHRS Office of Student Services
206 Atwell Hall
453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1224

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Step 5: Apply to OSU as a transfer student

Review the Undergrad Admissions page for specific deadlines, admission criteria and to access the application: http://undergrad.osu.edu/apply/transfer

You must have an official transcript sent to OSU when you apply. 

Step 6: Complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation

When students apply to the University, their credits will be evaluated. Some credits will transfer as “general, deferred, special, or technical” credit and they need to be further evaluated by a specific department to determine if they will be accepted as a direct equivalent. When this occurs, students need to provide specific course information to have past courses reviewed for transfer credit. First, students are required to provide a course description, course syllabus, and any other information (text book, class notes, assignments, quizzes, or exams) regarding the content of the course and the course evaluation process so that we may conduct a proper evaluation. In addition, students are required to provide us with the course number of the SHRS major course they believe is equivalent to the course taken at their previous institution. Course descriptions for all SHRS major courses can be found in the course offerings bulletin.

Please keep in mind that we cannot evaluate non-SHRS courses. Each department at Ohio State has a specific transfer credit coordinator; the list of them can be found at the Registrar's office Transfer Credit Coordinator website. This process should be initiated with an academic advisor in HRS. For more detailed information about your transfer credits, please refer to the following website: University Registrar Transfer Credit.

Step 7: Complete the Math Evaluation

You must resolve all math credits prior to your orientation. Otherwise, you will be unable to schedule math and science classes at your orientation session as math evaluators will not be available during that time. Scheduling math and science classes during orientation is imperative to completing your required coursework in the appropriate order and within a reasonable amount of time.

A Math credit evaluation is required for students who have transferred in "general, deferred, special, or technical" Math credit. If your math class transferred over as a direct equivalent please disregard this step.

Note: All math courses must be evaluated together, submit materials for all math courses taken at one time. Evaluations will not be given for individual courses if more than one math course has been completed.

Students must send the following from their OSU email account to have their class(es) evaluated. Requests for course evaluations from non-OSU email accounts will not be accepted under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) guidelines.

  1. DARS transfer credit report
  • Below are instructions on how to run this report.
  1. Detailed syllabus for each course to be evaluated
  • Including the name of the textbook, the author, a list of sections in the book covered, and a topic list breakdown.
  • Please note that course descriptions will not be accepted.
  1. ​In addition, international students need to provide:
    (only for courses taken outside of the U.S. or Canada)
  • Textbooks
  • Original syllabi with title of textbook and author (enclosed in a sealed envelope from previous university)
  • Certified translations of the syllabi with title of textbook and author
  • Copy of original transcript and a certified translation of the transcript

All materials should be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Mathematics Tower 100.


  • The Math Advisors will not do in-person evaluations.
  • Submitted materials will not be returned, except for textbooks.
  • Only materials submitted by the student will be accepted. Transfer materials submitted by other people will not be accepted.
  • Transfer credit will only be evaluated once. Transfer credit will not be re-evaluated.

Running a DARS Transfer Credit Report

The transfer credit report lists all courses coming into OSU from other schools, the number of credit hours awarded by registrar, the temporary coding number, and the grade received in that class.  This is required such that the advisors can accurately rewrite courses as OSU equivalents.  For information on how to produce the transfer credit report, please see the  Instructions for Viewing Transfer Credit Report [pdf].

Where to Send Materials

Transfer credit evaluations and pre-evaluations can be emailed, mailed or delivered to Mathematics Tower 100.

Email Address

Mailing Address for Transfer Credit
Attn: Math Advising Office
100 Mathematics Tower
231 W. 18th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Transfer Student FAQ's

How long will it take me to finish this program?

It all depends on which program you are looking to complete. Plan on completing a minimum of two more years at Ohio State, regardless of the amount of transfer credit with which you are admitted.

What courses transfer to Ohio State from my previous school?

Most classes "transfer" to Ohio State, however they may or may not transfer as direct equivalents to the requirements needed for your major at Ohio State. What this means is that you will get credit for courses you have taken, but some may need to be further evaluated by different departments at Ohio State to determine if direct equivalency can be given for the course.

What do I need to do before orientation?

Please review this site for important orientation information: http://u.osu.edu/hrssso/orientation-information/

What classes do I take my first semester here at Ohio State?

An advisor will work with you during your transfer orientation to help you select the most appropriate courses for your first semester at Ohio State. It is crucial to have all math credits from any previous institution evaluated long before you come to orientation. Many of the HRS majors require high levels of math, which are key to timely planning of your academic career.

What if I want to take classes at a local area college over the summer?

Check with an advisor WELL BEFORE you take any class at another university. If it is a General Education Course, check the transferology.com website to see if the course appears on the website.

I work full-time in the day. Can I complete a HRS program at night or on the weekends?

No. SHRS programs are lock-step, meaning courses are only offered one time a year, during a specific semester, and these classes are mostly offered during the day. So, you will not be able to work a full-time schedule and complete a degree in a timely manner in HRS. The exception is Health Sciences-this major does have an online option and it can be completed part-time.

I can only take classes in the afternoon. How will that affect my scheduling?

Some of your classes will only be offered in the morning, while others will only be offered in the afternoon or evening. The key to successful scheduling is being flexible. You may not be able to be a full-time student if you do not have a flexible schedule.

Once I am admitted to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, does that mean I will automatically be admitted into a major within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences?

No, even though you have been admitted into the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, you must still go through the application process for the program in which you are interested. Some of the majors are highly competitive. We cannot guarantee that you will be admitted into a major within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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