Beginning Freshmen

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Application Process

The Fall 2016 online application will be available soon!

Complete the Wright State application process by submitting:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • Official high school transcript including senior schedule
    • Partial at time of application, final transcript upon completion of your senior year
  • $30 application fee
Admissions Requirements
Fall 2016

Recommended Admissions Criteria:

High school graduates will be granted admission to Wright State University if they meet one of the following options:

Option 1

  • Complete the Ohio Core curriculum*


  • Achieve a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.0


  • Achieve an ACT composite score of 15 or SAT score of 740 (combined critical reading and math)

Option 2

  • Complete the Ohio Core curriculum *


  • Achieve a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5


  • Submit any ACT/SAT score

*Out-of-state students must complete an equivalent rigorous curriculum

Recommended High School Course Work for Admission

  • 4 years English
  • 4 years Mathematics (including Algebra II or equivalent)
  • 3 years Science (including lab based experience)
  • 3 years of Social Studies (including American History, American Government and Economics/Financial Literacy, integrated or stand alone)
  • 2 years of the same foreign language
  • 1 Fine Arts Course
  • Additional Credits as required by the Ohio Core

Application materials should be submitted to:

Wright State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

If you prefer, printable application forms (PDF) are available. If you would like an application mailed to you, please call us at (937) 775-5700.

Transfer Students


High school graduates who have attempted one or more courses at a regionally accredited college or university before enrolling at Wright State are considered transfer students. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, students must submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate application
  2. $30 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from each college previously attended
  4. High school transcript (required of the following students):
    • High school graduates of 1986 or before who are transferring with fewer than nine semester (twelve quarter) hours
    • High school graduates of 1987 or after who are transferring with fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours
  5. College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form (required of the following students):
    • High school graduates of 2002 or after who are transferring with fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours. Graduates of 1987 or after with fewer than 30 semester hours must fulfill any high school deficiencies even though they do not need to submit the college prep form.

All transfer students with at least a C average are eligible for admission to the university; admission to most colleges and schools requires a higher GPA. Those students with less than a 2.0 GPA from colleges attended within the past three years must petition for admission. Petition forms are available in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must be submitted along with the other application's materials as outlined. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA who have been out of college for more than three years do not have to petition to transfer to Wright State. Students who have been dismissed/suspended from another institution will not be considered for admission to Wright State for one calendar year.

Students who have been granted a "fresh start" at another institution must have earned an additional minimum 12 hours at the same institution before Wright State will recognize the recalculated GPA for admission purposes.

Transfer Credit Regulations

  1. Students' credits must have been earned at an institution that is regionally accredited. Transfer appeals should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Transfer students are subject to all Wright State requirements, including minimum course grades and GPAs, for entrance to particular majors and programs. Transfer students who must repeat courses to meet these requirements will follow the same rules for repeating courses as students who begin at Wright State (see “Scholastic Policies” in this catalog). Grades of “pass” and “credit” are considered for transfer credit.
    • Ohio Transfer and Articulation Policy was revised effective Fall 2005 for grades in courses completed outside an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. As of Fall 2005 and thereafter, a student must have earned a course grade of D or higher (according to the definition of grades currently used at Wright State) to transfer credit for that course. Previous policy required that a student earn a grade of C or higher to transfer credit for the course. However, students who completed courses before Fall 2005 with a grade of D may request that credits be posted for those courses. Forms for submitting these requests are available in the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Any credit earned through correspondence, off-campus, or distance learning is subject to the same regulations as other transfer credit.
  4. Students who have completed three-fourths or more of the Wright State semester  credit hour requirement for a course or sequence may receive credit for that course or sequence. For example, two three-credit hour courses in English composition may be considered the equivalent of ENG 1100 and 2200  (6 semester hours).
  5. Wright State academic advisors will determine how students' transfer credits are to be used toward the requirements for their major. If there are exceptions to the application of transfer credit, the dean of the major college or school involved will make the decision.
  6. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students of their admission to the University College or the appropriate college.
  7. General education requirements for most transfer students will be determined by a course-by-course evaluation.
  8. Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and wish to pursue a second baccalaureate degree will automatically receive 92 semester credit hours. They will be ranked as seniors. An advisor will determine how many credits these students will have to complete to receive their second degree.
  9. All religion courses taught by a religion department in any state college or university will be considered for transfer credit. These courses are subject to other applicable transfer credit regulations. Religion courses taught by all other colleges must be approved by the Religion Department before transfer credit is granted.
  10. Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.4 or higher earned at Wright State may be eligible to graduate with Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude). For the purpose of determining Latin honors, the student's GPA at Wright State will be recalculated to include all posted transfer grades; however, this recalculated GPA will not be reflected on the student's academic record. The official transcript will include only the GPA for courses completed at Wright State. The recalculated GPA may result in the student's not earning Latin honors at graduation.
  11. The Wright State University grading system does not award "+" and "-"grades. Students transferring courses and associated grades to Wright State University from institutions under a "+" and "-"grading system will be evaluated and receive a transfer grade based on the Wright State University grading system. For example, grades of C+, C, or C- will be evaluated as a C for transfer to Wright State University

Institutional Transfer

The Ohio Board of Regents in 1990, following a directive of the 119th Ohio General Assembly, developed the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy to facilitate students' ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. A subsequent policy review and recommendations produced by the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council in 2004, together with mandates from the 125th Ohio General Assembly in the form of Amended Substitute House Bill 95, have prompted improvements of the original policy. While all state-assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the transfer policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements. In support of improved articulation and transfer processes, the Ohio Board of Regents will establish a transfer clearinghouse to receive, annotate, and convey transcripts among state-assisted colleges and universities. This system is designed to provide standardized information and help colleges and universities reduce undesirable variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.

Transfer Module

The Ohio Board of Regents’ Transfer and Articulation Policy established the Transfer Module, which is a subset or entire set of a college or university's general education curriculum in A.A., A.S. and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire transfer module. The Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum  3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum  of 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum of 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module. Courses for the Transfer Module should be 1000 and 2000 level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Each state-assisted university, technical and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Transfer Module.

Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Transfer Module course(s) or the full Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Transfer Module portion of Institution R's general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Transfer Module courses on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer Assurance Guides

Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) comprise Transfer Module courses and additional courses required for an academic major. A TAG is an advising tool to assist Ohio university and community and technical college students planning specific majors to make course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across the state’s higher-education system. A number of area-specific TAG pathways in the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, science, engineering, engineering technologies, and the social sciences have been developed by faculty teams.

TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Students may elect to complete the full TAG or any subset of courses from the TAG. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of a student's intended major is encouraged.

Conditions for Transfer Admission

  1. Ohio residents with associate degrees from state-assisted institutions and a completed, approved Transfer Module shall be admitted to a state institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college-level courses. Further, these students shall have admission priority over out-ofstate associate degree graduates and transfer students.
  2. When students have earned associate degrees but have not completed a Transfer Module, they will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students if they have grade point averages of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses.
  3. In order to encourage completion of the baccalaureate degree, students who are not enrolled in an A.A. or A.S. degree program but have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students.
  4. Students who have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree or who have not earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of credit with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses are eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.
  5. Incoming transfer students admitted to a college or university shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with students native to the receiving institution.

Admission to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be automatically admitted to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration at the institution. Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as native students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed at the receiving institution.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

To recognize courses appropriately and provide equity in the treatment of incoming transfer students and students native to the receiving institution, transfer credit will be accepted for all successfully completed college-level courses completed in and after fall 2005 from Ohio state assisted institutions of higher education. Students who successfully completed A.A. or A.S. degrees prior to fall 2005 with a 2.0 or better overall grade point average would also receive credit for all college-level course they have passed. (See Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, Definition of Passing Grade and Appendix D) While this reflects the baseline policy requirement, individual institutions may set equitable institutional policies that are more accepting.

Pass/fail courses, credit by examination courses, experiential learning courses, and other nontraditional credit courses that meet these conditions will also be accepted and posted to the student record.

Responsibilities of Students

In order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet the requirements of a degree program at the receiving institution. Students should use the Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, and for guidance in planning the transfer process. Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution's major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both their advisor and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Appeals Process

A student disagreeing with the application of transfer credit has the right to appeal the decision. After receiving a statement of the application of transfer credit and contact information within the receiving college, the student will have 90 days from the date on the statement in which to consult the receiving college for clarification and to file an appeal through the Office of the Registrar. The appeal will be acted on by the petitions committee of the college or school in which the student is enrolled, then reviewed by the university-level Undergraduate Petitions Committee, which will send written notification of its decision to the student and the department.

Transfer Student Center

Wright State's Transfer Student Center is located in the Student Union. The Transfer Student Center’s academic advisor and admissions counselor can assist students with dual enrollment options, course equivalences, major requirements, and more. The Transfer Student Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the center, please call (937) 775-4830 or email at The center may also be reached via fax at (937) 775-4632.

You may also visit the Transfer Center website at for information on evaluating transfer credits, choosing a career, and more. Plus, view online videos and student testimonials and learn more about campus events for transfer students.

Newly admitted transfer students will receive an email with a link for Transfer Student Online Orientation.

International Students

Wright State welcomes applications from qualified international applicants. Over 600 students on F-1 and J-1 student visas currently attend the university. Application materials are available at the University Center for International Education. Applications for admission must be completed four months before the semester in which applicants wish to begin studies at Wright State. International applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Undergraduate applicants must have an educational background that is equivalent to a high school diploma from the state of Ohio.
  2. All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. For applicants whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required; a minimum score of 173 (CBT) or 61/120 (IBT) is required for admission. The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires a score of 197 (CBT) or 71/120 (IBT). Nonnative English-speaking students will also be tested in English upon arrival at Wright State and are required to enroll in appropriate English courses if the testing so indicates.
  3. Since no financial assistance is available for undergraduate international students, the university must be assured that all international applicants have adequate financial resources to attend Wright State.
  4. Transfer students must also present evidence of above-average ability to do college work. All first-year international students are required to take the reading, writing, and mathematics placement examinations before enrolling for their first semester of classes. Students should contact the University College for further placement testing information.

Returning Students

Students who have not attended Wright State for three or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There is no additional application fee, and official transcripts are required only from the schools students have attended since they left Wright State or if originals have been destroyed and are required by a college or major for an admission decision.

Students who have been dismissed may apply for readmission by petition after they have remained out of school for three semesters; see readmission in the Academic Standards and Requirements section. Students who have not attended Wright State for three years (12 consecutive quarters) may wish to take advantage of the Fresh Start Rule. This rule may allow students to have their earlier GPA recalculated. Interested students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

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