Cross Registration FAQ
SOCHE CROSS REGISTRATION GLOSSARY
Cross-registration provides students enrolled at any SOCHE member institution the opportunity to register and receive credit for courses offered by other participating SOCHE institutions, as well as members of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GC3). (SOCHE member Ohio University currently does not participate in cross-registration.)
A student enrolled in courses for credit in active pursuit of an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.
The Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GC3) is a regional consortium of 18 colleges and universities that promotes higher education in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The institution where the student is currently enrolled in a degree program for which academic credit is awarded.
The institution where the student would like to cross register for a course.
Coursework that is required prior to enrolling in a more advanced course(s).
Program of Study
Program of Study refers to the degree for which the student is currently enrolled at the home institution. The SOCHE cross-registration program only applies to courses in the student’s current degree program, whether that be at the associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate level, and may include courses toward completion of a minor or certificate that are associated with the degree program, as determined by the home institution.
Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a consortium of colleges and universities that collaborates with K-12 schools, colleges and universities, governments, and businesses to transform Ohio communities and economies through the education, employment, and engagement of students.
SOCHE CROSS REGISTRATION FAQ
What institutions participate in cross registration?
With exception of Ohio University, all active SOCHE members participate in cross-registration. The “home” institution is the institution where you currently are enrolled in a degree program for which academic credit is awarded. The definition of “program” is determined by your home institution. The “host” institution is the institution which you would like to attend to cross-register for a course.
How do I know if I’m eligible to cross register?
You are eligible for cross-registration if you are in good academic standing at your home institution and meet any program eligibility requirements set by the home and the host institutions. At the time of cross-registration, you must currently be enrolled at your home institution at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level in a degree program for which academic credit is awarded (the definition of “program” is determined by your home institution). See the main cross-registration page for more details regarding student eligibility.
Who should I contact on my campus to get information about cross registration?
The cross-registration coordinator is the campus administrator responsible for assisting students in understanding and completing the cross-registration process, ensuring the completion and transmittal of application forms, and helping students meet their responsibilities under the program.
How do I cross register?
It is recommended that you first contact your home institution cross-registration coordinator, who can guide you through the process. You must complete the SOCHE cross-registration form. The form must be signed by your academic advisor, your home institution cross-registration coordinator, and finally by the host institution cross-registration coordinator. If the host institution course instructor’s or department’s approval is needed, you may be directed to obtain such approval. If accessibility services are needed, you must contact your home institution Accessibility/Disability Services office and request that they send a letter of accommodation to the host institution. Once all approvals have been obtained, the host institution’s cross-registration coordinator will register you for the approved course on a space-available basis after the host institution’s regularly enrolled or continuing students have had first priority for registration. The completed, signed cross-registration form must be submitted to the host institution by the first day of that school’s term. Full instructions are available on the main cross-registration web page.
Where can I obtain a Cross Registration Form?
The SOCHE cross-registration form is available online here.
Are there any restrictions on the types of courses for which I may cross register?
In general, you may not cross-register at another institution if the desired course is available at your home institution during the same term. The course must be applicable to your program of study. In addition, cross-registration may not be used to register for non-credit continuing education courses, study aboard course, workshops, seminars, etc.
When and where do I pay my tuition for a cross registration course?
Students may cross-register so long as they pay all regular tuition and fees, when due, to the home institution. Special fees (lab, parking, etc.) normally paid by the host institution’s students must be paid to the host institution by cross-registration students. See the main cross-registration page for more information on tuition and fees.
What is my student status at the host institution?
If you register for a course through cross-registration, you are considered a visiting student, which does not constitute regular admission to the host institution.
How can I obtain accommodations at the host institution?
Students requiring accommodations from accessibility services must contact their home institution Accessibility/Disability Services office to request that a letter of accommodation be sent to the host institution. See the main cross-registration page for more information on how to obtain accommodations at a host school.
What is the maximum number of courses I can take through cross registration?
Students are restricted to a maximum number of courses/hours per program of study throughout their program course of study.
- Associate program: 15 hours
- Undergraduate program: 30 hours
- Graduate programs: Subject to the discretion of the two institutions
How are grades for cross registration courses handled?
As a cross-registration student, you are graded according to the academic standards and grading practices of the host institution. Upon completion of the course, the cross-registration coordinator of the host institution will ensure that your transcript is sent to the cross-registration coordinator of your home institution for inclusion on your official transcript.
What about cross-consortial registration?
Students enrolled in SOCHE member colleges and universities may also cross-register with members of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GC3), according to the Cross-Consortial Guidelines. For more information about the GC3 institutions, visit www.gccollegiateconnection.org.