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Transfer to a Four-Year Degree

With the rising costs of education, students are concerned about transferability of their credits. Students want to know if the classes they take will transfer to another college or university, as they continue to advance their education. Offsetting some college-related expenses is important! A great way to save money is to start your four-year degree at Terra State Community College!

At Terra State, we have created seamless paths to your four-year programs, for traditional and non-traditional college students. Any time a student takes a course which utilizes a Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) or Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), the student is guaranteed that the course will transfer to another Ohio public institution. 

As an institution, Terra State has created "articulation agreements" with other institutes of higher learning to help bridge any program gaps to make your transfer easy! Many of our articulating institutions have created paths which concentrate on affordability. Examples of these paths include: 

  • 3 + 1 - Consists of 3 years at Terra State and 1 year at university
  • 2 + 2 – Consists of 2 years at Terra State and 2 years at university
  • 1+2+1 - Consists of first year at university, 2 years at Terra State and third year at university
  • Concurrent enrollment – Go to Terra State and the university at the same time

Terra State has also created paths to transfer for high school students. Today’s juniors and seniors have several options to jump-start their education. They can enroll as College Credit Plus (CCP) and gain credits that not only contribute to their high school requirements, but also allow them to gain college credits along the way. Or, high school students may choose to enroll in a Career Center. Enrollment in a Career Center may allow students to gain high school credits and college credits at the same time, through Career Center articulations. Upon completion of their program, these students can enroll at Terra State, complete one 3 credit hour course and receive agreed-upon credits.  

Whether you are getting your Associate’s Degree or taking courses to transfer to a four-year institution, Terra State has many resources to help facilitate your transition: 

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education - Find out more about how the courses you take at Terra State will transfer to any public Ohio colleges and university. Other information available includes Transfer Assurance Guides (TAG) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM).
  • TRANSFEROLOGY - Can help you unofficially explore how your courses might transfer to many four-year colleges and universities.
  • Visiting Colleges & Universities - Bowling Green State University, Tiffin University, University of Toledo, and Heidelberg University all have regularly scheduled advisors at Terra State! You can make an appointment to meet with them or find a schedule of visiting universities from the Academic Service Center front desk.
  • Articulation agreements – Please see the list below.  While this list is updated regularly, please consult with the Academic Service Center or Advising for the most recent information.

For additional information or to schedule a Transfer advising appointment, contact:
the Academic Service Center at 419.559.2109 | 419.559.2342, General Technologies Building, Room B105, OR the Advising Center at 419.559.2400, Roy Klay Hall, Room A-100.   

Let us help you achieve your dream of a four-year degree! 

Transfer and Articulation Agreements

Below you will find the articulation agreements Terra State Community College currently holds with a variety of institutions to facilitate the transfer of credits to a number of four-year degree programs.

Transfer policies vary by institution. Please contact the University representative directly to discuss the best path to transfer. Be sure to discuss your plan as soon as possible to ensure a trouble-free transition.

College Date Sign Date Completed Programs Type of Agreement To Be Renewed
Antioch University 10/1/2013 10/1/2013 Business, BA-Arts in Management 2+2 2016
Ashford University 11/2/2011 11/12/2011 General Articulation 2+2 2016
Ashland University 2/1/2018 2/1/2018 RN to BSN 2+2 No termination date
Bluffton University 11/9/2011 11/16/2011 BA-Music Education, BA-Music, BA-Music Technology 2+2  
Bowling Green State University 1/25/2012 8/1/2014 General Articulation, Digital Arts, Media Design (Web Design), 3D Animation, Construction, Early Childhood 2+2 2020
Chamberlain University 1/25/2012 1/25/2012 BS-Nursing 2+2 2020
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 6/12/2014 6/12/2014 AS to Bachelor of Mortuary Science 2+2 2019
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 8/6/2015 8/13/2015 AS to Bachelor of Mortuary Science 2+2 2020
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 4/13/2017 4/13/2017 AA to Bachelor of Mortuary Science 2+2 2022
DeSales University 6/11/2012 6/15/2012 Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Finance, Human Resource, International Business, Management, Marketing, Psychology, Theology, and Health Care Administration and Nursing 2+2 Review annually
Excelsior University 8/1/2017 8/1/2017 Academic Partnership Agreement Between Excelsior and OACC member colleges. Associate's to Bachelor's in many areas 2+2, 3+1 online. Tuition discounts No termination date
Franklin University 2/20/2016 2/22/2016 Information Technology, Marketing, Public Safety Management, Management, Operations Supply Chain Management, Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Management Information Sciences, Public Relations, Web Development, BS Nursing, Accounting, Applied Management, Interactive Media design, Business Administration 3+1 online 2018
Heidelberg University 12/7/2017 12/7/2017 RN to BSN 1+2+1 5/30/2022
Heidelberg University 4/1/2014 4/1/2014 AA/AS to Bachelors 2+2  2019
Heidelberg University 4/1/2015 4/1/2015 Dual Enrollment concurrent enrollment 2020
Heidelberg University 9/1/2014 9/1/2014 BS-Chemistry and Biochemistry, BS-Biology and Environmental Science 2+2, concurrent enrollment Review annually
Heidelberg University 4/1/2015 4/1/2015 Education, Early Childhood Education 2+2 and concurrent enrollment Review annually
Heidelberg University 12/6/2011 12/6/2011 Business, Economics, Music 2+2, concurrent enrollment Review annually
Heidelberg University 2/1/2012 2/1/2012 Accounting, Business Administration 2+2, concurrent enrollment Review annually
Heidelberg University 3/1/2012 3/1/2012 BMus, Performance, BS Health Sciences 2+2, concurrent enrollment Review annually
Herzing University  8/14/2015 8/17/2015 Dual enrollment concurrent enrollment 2020
Herzing University  8/13/2015 8/26/2015 AAS in Computer Systems, Systems and Networking Support, or IT Helpdesk to BS Computer Information or BS Technology Management  2+2 2020
Herzing University 1/30/2014 1/30/2014 AAS Business Transfer to BS Business Management 2+2, concurrent enrollment 2016
Lourdes University 10/22/2013 10/13/2013 Nursing 2+2 Review annually
Lourdes University 3/3/2015 3/11/2015 Social Work 2+2 Review annually
Lawrence Tech. University 10/26/2012 10/26/2012 Robotics 2+2 2015
Malone University 1/5/2013 1/5/2013 Nursing 2+2 online 2016
Mercy College of Ohio 11/2/2011 11/2/2011 Healthcare Administration and Nursing 2+2 2016
Mercy College of Ohio 6/1/2012 6/12/2012 BS Nursing 2+2 2017
Miami University 8/24/2016 10/17/2016 BS Commerce 2+2 2018
Notre Dame College 7/26/2017 8/7/2017 General articulation, including reverse transfer 2+2 6/30/2019
Ohio Dominican 10/10/2016 10/25/2016 AA/AS to Bachelor's 2+2 2019
Ohio University 4/19/2018 6/1/2018 RN-BSN, online 2+2 online 2020
Ohio University 4/18/2018 6/1/2018 Bachelor Criminal Justice 2+2  2020
Ohio University 4/19/2017 6/23/2017 Master Articulation Agreement AAS to Bachelor's 2+2 2019
Ohio University 5/11/2017 6/23/2017 Bachelor Applied Human and Consumer Sciences 2+2 2019
Ohio University 4/19/2017 6/23/2017 Bachelor of Technical and Applied Science (BTAS) 2+2 2019
Ohio University 4/19/2017 6/23/2017 BS Applied Management (BSAM) 2+2 2019
Ohio University 4/25/2017 6/23/2017 BS Technical Operations Management (BSTOM) 2+2 2019
Spring Arbor University Spring '13 Fall '14 BS Organizational Management 2+2  Auto-renew annually 8/1
Spring Arbor University 5/30/12 Fall '12 BS Social Work 2+2 Auto-renew annually 8/1
Spring Arbor University 3/21/2013 1/1/2013 RN to BSN, School of Adult Studies 2+2 2016
Strayer University 3/20/2013 3/20/2013 Business 2+2 online 2016
Tiffin University 6/15/2015 7/1/2015 Bachelor's Business Administration, Bachelor's Criminal Justice in Justice Administration 2+2 at Terra State Auto-renew annually 8/1
Tiffin University 6/15/2012 7/3/2012 Bachelor's Business Administration, Bachelor's Criminal Justice in Justice Admin online 2+2 online Auto-renew annually 8/1
Tiffin University 1/1/2012 1/1/2012 Bachelor's concurrent enrollment indefinitely
University of Cincinnati     University of Cincinnati accepts Terra State HIT AAS students who have passed the RHIT exam for their HIM program. 2+2  
University of Cincinnati 8/2017 8/2017 Institutional Articulation, AA/AS/AAS to Bachelor's 2+2 August 2020
University of Cincinnati 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 RN-BSN 2+2 February 2021
University of Cincinnati 2/3/2018 3/6/2018 Bachelor of Arts in Biology 2+2 February 2021
University of Cincinnati 2/23/2018 4/16/2018 Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing 2+2 February 2021
University of Cincinnati 2/22/2018 4/16/2018 Bachelor of Arts in English, Literary and Cultural Studies 2+2 February 2021
University of Cincinnati  5/17/2018 5/24/2018 Bachelor of Science in Health Information Technology 2+2 online May 2021
University of Phoenix 3/29/2018 4/3/2018 Associate degree courses, Associate to Bachelor program transfer, reverse transfer course transfer, 2+2, reverse transfer until terminated
University of Toledo 8/27/2014 9/13/2014 Dual enrollment agreement concurrent enrollment


University of Toledo     additional  agreements pending    
Western Governors University 10/11/2016 10/11/2016 Transfer partnership with Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) schools 2+1, 3+1, online. Tuition discounts no termination date


2+2 Agreement 2 year at a community college and 2 years at a university.
3+1 3 years at a community college and 1 year at a university
1+2+1 1 year at a university, 2 years at a community college, and one year at a university
Concurrent Enrollment The form of enrollment occurs when an adult student is enrolled in two post-secondary educational institutions at the same time, receiving education programs, services and/or benefits from each. Articulation Agreements may term these "dual enrollment."  See note below.
Dual Enrollment A form of enrollment that enables a student to earn both high school and college credits for a course during high school as a result of participation in a college course offered at the high school, at a college or university, or via distance learning.
Reverse Transfer Students attending a four year university can come back to a 2 year college and receive an associate degree.
Note Nationally, the term "concurrent enrollment" is used to describe dual credit opportunities between high schools and higher education institutions; however in Ohio the term "dual enrollment" is used for this, and "concurrent enrollment" used to describe enrollment in two higher education institutions at the same time.  

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