The Ohio State University at Lima

Academy - College Credit Plus

The Ohio State Academy Program allows talented high school students to enroll in coursework while still in high school. The Academy program is the Ohio State implementation of the state of Ohio's “College Credit Plus” program. It is a partnership between Ohio State, the high school and the student and his or her family.

What are the benefits of enrollment in the Academy program?

The Academy program allows high school students to earn college credit at no cost to the student. The student will have an official college transcript and college credit that can be put toward a degree program.

Other benefits include:

  • Exposure to college faculty members
  • Exposure to academic courses not available in most high schools
  • Opportunities for transfer credit (especially between public institutions in Ohio)

What are some challenges for Academy students?

Students enrolled in the Academy program will be taking college classes, with the same expectations for academic performance as any other Ohio State student. Students will need to have time available in their schedule.


  • College coursework is more rigorous than high school, with a much faster pace.
  • Faculty will expect students to read and do additional work outside of the classroom.
  • Students may be asked to re-pay their school district for dropped or failed classes.
  • Participation in college classes may take time away from other activities.
  • Transportation is not provided.

Who is eligible to participate in the Academy program?

Admission to the Academy program at Ohio State Lima will be based on students meeting the college readiness standards as defined by the state of Ohio ( These standards are based on ACT/SAT/Accuplacer scores.

Readiness Area


Old SAT (taken before March 2016)

New SAT (taken March 2016 or later)


English Sub Score


Writing: 430 | Critical Reading: 450

Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480

Next Gen Writing - 263 or above OR 5 on Writeplacer

Reading Sub Score



Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480

Next Gen Reading - 250 or above

Mathematics Sub Score




QAS/AAF - 263 or above

Who should participate in the Academy program?

Students in the Ohio State Academy program will be taking classes on campus and in classrooms with older students, therefore, it’s important for families to discuss if this is the right option. Students will have a college transcript and grade point average that will follow them after participation in the program.

We recommend students who participate are:

  • Motivated and mature, able to advocate for themselves and follow through on required work.
  • Strong academic students, ready to take on the challenge of more difficult work and faster pace.
  • Interested in topics beyond the subjects easily available in high school.
  • Willing to devote extra time for the program, and possibly give up current extra-curricular activities.

What is the application process?

To be considered for admission to the Academy program, students must submit the following materials by the deadline:

  • Completed online application
  • Completed High School Information Form, signed by high school counselor or principal
  • Official transcript of high school coursework
  • Standardized test scores (ACT/SAT/Accuplacer)

What classes can an Academy student take?

Academy students will be eligible to register for college courses for which they demonstrate readiness through placement tests, successful completion of prerequisite courses or other requirements as determined by Ohio State’s academic departments.

Academy students are not guaranteed enrollment in Ohio State courses.

Admission into the Academy program does not guarantee enrollment into a specific class at Ohio State. Students may not be able to enroll in courses for a variety of reasons. Students will meet with an Academic Advisor to schedule their courses. The advisor will have final say in the number and type of classes that a student may take in a given semester.

Pathways for high school students.

Apply online

Application deadlines

  • Autumn semester (begins in August): apply by May 1
  • Spring semester (begins in January): apply by October 15
  • Summer term (begins in June): apply by February 1
  • For more information, contact:

    Wendy Hedrick: 567-242-7500 or