Transferring to BGSU

Beginning, returning to, or continuing your college education can pose a variety of questions. Non-Traditional Student Services (NTSS) advisors can assist you as you make career and educational choices such as:

  • Which college-level credits can be transferred into BGSU
  • Which online program will make best use of your existing credits
  • Admission requirements for your particular situation

Credit Transfer Self-Evaluation Tools

Use these tools to view course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take will transfer to BGSU.


STEP 1: Contact NTSS ( to discuss portfolio assessment with an adviser. The adviser will help you determine what BGSU courses may be a fit to pursue credit via portfolio and give you overall structural guidelines for the final product you will develop.

STEP 2: NTSS will then connect you with a faculty member who will oversee the development of your portfolio. You will work with that faculty member to outline the learning outcomes of the course that you need to document your prior learning in the portfolio.

STEP 3: The final portfolio is submitted to NTSS along with the evaluation fee ($70 per course as of Spring 2011). The faculty member will then review the portfolio and determine if credit should be awarded. NTSS then works with Registration and Records to have the credit posted.

The College Level Examination Program is a nationwide credit-by-examination program which offers persons of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement, regardless of where, when, or how the knowledge has been acquired—through formal study, independent reading, employment, noncredit courses or other learning experiences.

Bowling Green State University offers academic credit for some, but not all CLEP subject examinations offered by the College Board.  Examinations accepted and criteria for awarding credit can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. If you achieve the criteria established for the examination, you will be awarded credit for the specific course(s). For helpful information concerning content of tests and preparation for them, please visit the following link to the CLEP Prep Center.

As a national testing center, BGSU administers CLEP examinations on the Bowling Green campus through the Office of Disability Services. The Testing Center schedules and administers the tests (419-372-7533). More information about CLEP examination scheduling, costs and score reporting, can be found at BGSU’s National Testing Center website.

Individual academic departments coordinate the credit by exam process. The full academic policy concerning earning credit in this manner can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.