Hiram College

Course Placement Process

Admitted students can take classes to fulfill general education classes and begin to explore a variety of discipline-specific areas that build toward a bachelor’s degree.

Next Steps for Students Coming to Hiram’s Campus for Courses

Each student accepted into College Credit Plus at Hiram College will receive an acceptance letter with further instructions.

Level 1 Courses

As designated by the state, Level 1 courses at Hiram College are any courses that do not have a prerequisite requirement attached to them and are transferable.  If a course has a prerequisite, it will say “PREQ” in the Attribute section of the course schedule information.  Courses not allowed under Ohio legislation are courses that are: one-on-one private instruction (such as music lessons, etc.), a course with high fees, a physical education course, courses that are Pass/Fail (P/F), remedial courses, courses in religious studies, or a study abroad or similar course.

You can find the list of Level 1 courses here.

For students coming to Hiram’s campus

If students are coming to Hiram’s campus for courses, they will be assigned an advisor.  Hiram College will schedule an individual advising appointment for students to meet with their advisor to discuss course options and answer any questions.  Students must complete the College Credit Plus Guidance Counselor Authorization Form and have it signed by their Hiram advisor, high school guidance counselor, and parent prior to registration.

The first 15 hours of CCP courses for a student must be one of the designated Level 1 courses.  Course placement will be determined based upon the need for courses that fulfill both high school and college credit, high school record, the recommendation of high school guidance counselors, ACT, SAT, or other test scores, and course availability. In some cases, placement testing may be required (e.g. Mathematics and/or Foreign Languages).

High school students may enroll at Hiram College in one, as a part-time student (0-11 credit hours per semester, i.e., 1-2 classes per semester), or as a full-time student (12-30 credit hours per year, i.e., 3-4 classes per semester). Courses can be taken at Hiram College, online (as available), or at participating high schools. Students must work with high school guidance departments regarding fulfillment of high school credit requirements necessary for high school graduation in the State of Ohio.

High School Guidance Counselors should ensure each student does not exceed full-time status. To calculate full-time status:

  1. Determine student’s number of high school ONLY units,
  2. Multiply that number by 3, and
  3. Subtract the result from the number 30.
  4. That number is the total number of college credits that CCP student may earn that academic year.

To see examples of course options for 15-hour per year or 30-hour per year pathways and some discipline-based course options, please refer to our College Credit Plus Curriculum Guide or 3-year pathway programs.


*Please note:  class times are subject to change (please confirm class times by viewing the course in the course catalog).  To view Level 1 courses, please click here.  To view our entire course catalog, please visit our Course Catalog online. Students can explore course options by visiting my.hiram.edu, clicking “Class Schedules,” and choosing the correct term (Summer, Fall, or Spring of the appropriate year). (Please note: Please choose “Traditional 12-week Term” for the option “Part of Term” if looking at our traditional fall and spring courses.  For Summer, choose “Summer 1” or “Summer 2” and for online summer courses, choose “Online 1st 8 Week” and “Online 2nd 8 Week.”)

Please also note that courses with “PREQ” in the attribute code are considered Level 2 courses or higher.

For Students Taking Courses at Their High School.

If students are staying at their high school to take their Hiram courses, they will be assigned an advisor from the College.  Hiram College will work with the school district to determine coursework.  A representative from Hiram College will visit your class at the start of the academic year to complete the required forms, to advise students, and to answer any questions.

Registering for Classes at Hiram College

Once accepted, if a student is coming to Hiram’s campus to take courses, they should meet with their high school guidance counselor and talk through course options, as well as to complete the College Credit Plus Guidance Counselor Authorization Form.  Once they have met with their Hiram College advisor to discuss course options, they will meet with the Registrar’s Office to submit their course selections (the first semester they are enrolling only).  After the first semester, they will be able to register for classes online/electronically, but MUST still meet with their advisor and guidance counselor and complete the College Credit Plus Guidance Counselor Authorization Form and turn it into the Strategic Academic Initiatives Office to receive their ALT PIN required to register online.

Once accepted, if a student is taking the course at their high school, no further action is required, as Hiram College will work with the school district to appropriately enroll students into their courses at the high school.

College Credit Plus students will be registered no later than 15 calendar days from the start of the semester they wish to take courses in.  Students will be enrolled in the order in which they are accepted and call for an appointment, if taking courses at Hiram College or online.


The Hiram College Bookstore will work with your school district to determine the district’s preference on how to order your CCP textbooks.  Homeschool and private school parents are required to purchase the textbooks for their child.


Each Hiram College College Credit Plus student is required to go through an orientation session each academic year.

Mark your calendars!

The orientation for Fall 2020 will be Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Spring and Summer orientations are typically individual appointments.

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Jana Willan

Associate Director of Admission


Jana Willan is the main point of contact for all things related to CCP at Hiram College.

Address and Fax Number:

Hiram College
PO Box 96
Hiram, OH 44234
330.569.5944 (fax)