The Ohio State University at Mansfield

College Credit Plus - Academy

About the Academy Program

The Ohio State Academy Program is an opportunity for outstanding high school students to enroll in Ohio Sate classes. The Academy Program is the Ohio State implementation of the College Credit Plus program that has been created by the State of Ohio. This program is a partnership between Ohio State, the high school, the student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s).

Academy Options

  • College Credit Plus (most common): Students enroll in courses to receive college credit and high school credit; the local school district is responsible for the cost of tuition and textbooks for the student. A student can complete College Credit Plus in the autumn and spring semesters, as well as summer term.
  • Self-Pay Option: Students enroll in courses to receive college credit, and the students’ family is responsible for all costs. This option is also available for the autumn and spring semesters, as well as summer term.

Important Note: Students who attend a non-public high school or are home schooled must apply to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for funding once they have been admitted to the College Credit Plus program. This funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact your high school counselor or principal, or visit the ODE website at

The Ohio State Academy is designed for students who have achieved at the highest levels while in high school. Admission to the Academy will be based upon a student’s college readiness as measured by standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer). The majority of students who enroll in the Academy are in the 11th or 12th grade. However, the program is open to exceptional students in grades 7-12; these students must meet the same admissions requirements as the older students.

Admissions Application

Students who wish to participate in the Academy Program should first meet with their high school guidance counselor or principal to discuss the opportunities and risks offered by the College Credit Plus program and fill out the Letter of Intent form by April 1 of the previous year.

Application Deadlines

  • Autumn semester (begins in August): Apply by May 1
  • Spring semester (begins in January): Apply by October 15
  • Summer term (begins in May): Apply by February 15

Application deadline for non-public and home school students who plan to apply for state funding: March 1

Students participating in the program as self-pay can adhere to the posted deadlines for each semester.

Admissions Criteria

To determine college-readiness, Ohio State will look at a student’s curriculum and standardized test scores. Standardized test scores must meet Ohio’s Remediation-Free Guidelines

Accuplacer testing will be held on campus and is free if a student has an application on file.

College Readiness Scores for Regional Campuses

Readiness Area ACT Old SAT (taken before March 2016) New SAT (taken March 2016 or later) Accuplacer
English Sub Score 18 Writing: 430 | Critical Reading: 450 Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480 Next Gen Writing - 263 or above OR 5 on Writeplacer
Reading Sub Score 22 450 Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480 Next Gen Reading - 263 or above
Mathematics Sub Score 22 520 530 QAS / AAF - 263 or above

College Credit Plus is a great opportunity and responsibility. There are certain risks associated with the program. For instance, if a student drops or fails a course during the term, the school district may ask the parent(s)/guardian(s) to pay the full cost of the course. Also, failed or dropped courses can negatively impact a student’s financial aid eligibility in the future. In addition, the student is starting their official college transcript, therefore, all grades will affect their official college GPA. For this reason, Ohio State will provide some recommendations for students considering the Academy Program:

  • Class Rank: Top 15%
  • Grade Point Average: 3.5 or higher
  • Test Scores: ACT Composite: 26 or higher; SAT Critical Reading and Math: 1180 or higher; PLAN Composite: 26 or higher.

Meeting this criteria does not guarantee that a student will pass a course.
Admission to the Academy does not imply or guarantee admission to the Columbus campus as a degree-seeking student after high school graduation.

Application Process

To be considered for admission to the Academy program, students must submit the following materials by the deadline (see "Application Deadlines" above):

  1. Online Application (link is external) - click the link to create an account, or to log in and complete the application. Navigate by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page - the last page is "Submit." You will receive an email confirmation once your application is submitted.
  2. School Information Form. Click the link to the form, print out and give to your school counselor or principal for completion.
  3. Official transcript of course work (7th and 8th grade students can submit middle school grades, high school students must submit high school transcripts)
  4. College Readiness Assessments. Regional Campus students can submit ACT, SAT or Accuplacer scores.

It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her application status to ensure that all documents have been submitted and posted to the application.

Suggested web-browsers to complete the online application are Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari (the site doesn't seem to work well with Google Chrome). If the application stops responding, you may need to close any open tabs and re-launch the application site.

A students guidance counselor must fill out the high school information form indicating if any sections of the Accuplacer test are needed, depending on a students scores from taking the ACT/SAT and not meeting the state readiness scores or not taking the ACT/SAT. The Accuplacer test is free and students can only register to take it by having an admissions application on file. The first Accuplacer offering will be Wednesday, March 14. To register for the test, email or call Kayla Garrabrant at 419-755-4225. Future test dates are to be determined and students with applications on file will be notified via email.

Course Registration

Students who are admitted to the Academy Program will need to complete all required placement testing and will be required to attend an orientation program shortly before the start of their first semester of enrollment. Students will meet with the Academy advisor to schedule classes.

Course enrollment may be limited by the academic departments’ prerequisites. Also, course enrollment will be limited by the number of seats available in the course. Students who are pursuing their Ohio State degree will be offered first choice of courses before Academy students are able to register for classes.

Academy Admissions Counselor

Kayla Garrabrant
Admissions Counselor & College Credit Plus

Academy Program Coordinator

Ginny Corso
Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator