College Credit Plus (CCP)

The College Credit Plus dual enrollment program allows students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. CCP enhances students’ college readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a variety of course options to the college-ready student. Accepted students may take courses on the AU main campus, online or at one of our partnering high schools.

Prospective students must upload the completed CCP permission slip to their application's status page before they will be considered for admission. View directions on how to upload the permission slip.

For complete program rules, see the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.

Please be aware that the subject matter of some courses may include mature topics or materials of a graphic, explicit, violent or sexual nature. Courses will not be modified for CCP students regardless of where course instruction occurs. Parents should contact collegecreditplus@southlandstudios.net if they would like to request a course materials review.

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Application Deadlines

How to Apply

Use your personal email address when applying. Do not enter a high school email address. Many schools' network settings block messages from outside parties. As a result, you may never receive your admission letter with registration instructions if you enter your high school email address.

If you haven't heard back from CCP in 1-2 weeks, please double-check that your admission letter did not go to your spam folder, then contact collegecreditplus@southlandstudios.net, as we are likely missing information we need to make a decision.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the CCP program will be granted to the student who satisfies the requirements of either pathway below.

CCP admission does not guarantee placement in any course. Students must be able to meet all placement and prerequisite guidelines.

Pathway 1: Traditional Admission

Minimum 2.50 unweighted cumulative* high school GPA, plus one of the following assessment scores:

  • 18 ACT Composite
  • 970 SAT
    OR
  • ONE of the following Accuplacer scores:
    • 250 Reading
    • 263 Writing
    • 263 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS)
Pathway 2: Test-Optional Admission
  • Minimum 3.00 unweighted cumulative* high school GPA
    OR
  • 2.85 – 2.99 GPA unweighted cumulative* high school GPA with grades of “A” or “B” in the relevant coursework areas.

AU defines the relevant coursework areas as math, English, science, and social studies.

*A cumulative high school GPA must include at least one final grade in each of the relevant coursework areas.

Students who have not yet earned a final grade in each of the relevant coursework areas must currently have As and Bs only in those areas and take the Accuplacer Reading exam. A copy of the student’s grade card with grades for all the grading periods for the current school year to date should be sent by the school to collegecreditplus@southlandstudios.net.

CCP Admissions/Accuplacer Example Scenarios

Example: A student completed HS Algebra I in the 8th grade and earned a B-.
Required Action: The student should schedule the Accuplacer (Reading section) and score 250+ to be admitted.

Example: A freshman student applies to the CCP program before final grades have been posted at the end of the school year and has As or Bs in each of the relevant coursework areas on their grade card.
Required Action: The student should schedule the Accuplacer (Reading section) and score 250+ to be admitted.

Example: A student does not yet have a cumulative* HS GPA with final grades in each of the relevant coursework areas. The student takes the Accuplacer Reading section and scores 250+. The student’s grade card demonstrates at least one C or lower in a relevant coursework area.
Decision: The student does not yet qualify for admission due to not having all As and Bs in the relevant areas, regardless of the Accuplacer score.

Accuplacer Testing

While AU has both traditional (with test scores) and test-optional (without test scores) admission pathways, you may need to take the Accuplacer in certain situations.

  • If your high school GPA is 3.0 or higher and you will be at least a high school sophomore during your first term as a CCP student, you do not need to take the Accuplacer unless you desire to take math. If you have completed Algebra II in high school and wish to take math through AU, schedule the QAS section.
  • If your high school GPA falls between 2.500 and 2.999 and you do not have qualifying ACT or SAT scores, please arrange to take all three Accuplacer sections: Reading, Writing, and QAS (math).
  • Young CCP students (middle school/junior high school students) who have not taken the ACT/SAT and should arrange to take the Reading section.

You may take a free Accuplacer test on our main campus.

We will accept Accuplacer scores from another college if you have taken the Reading, Writing, or QAS sections. AU does not accept WritePlacer or math AAF sections. Please have your school counselor send your score report to au-transcripts@southlandstudios.net.

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Next Steps for New Students

Already been accepted into AU's College Credit Plus program? Then the Next Steps page is where you find all the information about setting up your AU accounts, attending orientation, scheduling classes and more.

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Course Transferability

From the Academic Catalog:

CCP students may transfer credit from an accredited institution of higher learning provided he or she is in good conduct, financial standing, and academically with at least a 2.25/4.0 cumulative GPA at the previous college(s) attended.

Credit earned through a recognized accredited college or university will be accepted at Ashland University as long as the credit earned is "C-" or better. The grade that will appear on student records is a “K” and has no impact on your Ashland University cumulative GPA. Credits will be awarded for specific Ashland University courses when transferable credits are for equivalent courses. When the transferable courses do not have Ashland University equivalents, credits will be awarded as 'elective' credits. A candidate for a degree must take a minimum of 30 semester hours at Ashland University. The last 12 hours of coursework and at least one half of the student's work in his or her major field must be taken at AU.

A student may receive an unofficial evaluation of credit by visiting www.transferology.com or by emailing the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at enrollme@southlandstudios.net.

While Ashland University does not formally participate in Ohio's "Statewide Articulation and Transfer Policy," the Transfer Module is one basis for evaluating course equivalencies when transferring general education courses to meet Institutional Baccalaureate Requirement.

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