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The Office of Distance Education & eLearning (ODEE) is an enrollment unit with special emphasis on academic advising for adult students who want to take undergraduate courses and are not currently interested in earning a degree from Ohio State.  Extended Education students take undergraduate courses (for which they meet prerequisites) for academic credit.  Extended Education students are undergraduate non-degree seekers, or for those enrolled at other post-secondary institutions, undergraduate visiting students.   Our Extended Education students fall into these learner categories:

  • Students with some college credit who are reentering the university environment after an absence
  • Students with post-secondary degrees completing prerequisites for graduate or professional study
  • Adults attending college for the first time
  • Adults who want to update career knowledge and skills, widen career options or explore a new discipline
  • Professionals (such as educators) renewing certification/licensure
  • Lifelong learners who enjoy academic opportunity and seek new ideas
  • Students currently enrolled at another post-secondary institution interested in transferring Ohio State credit back to their home institution

Students who recently completed college credits or a degree at another institution and are interested in earning an undergraduate degree from Ohio State should apply as a transfer student at

Extended Education students who later decide to pursue a degree at Ohio State (generally after earning the equivalent of at least 30 semester hours) must apply to the university as a degree seeker after first seeking transfer approval from the college awarding the degree the student wishes to pursue.

What does Ohio State offer the adult student? At Ohio State, you’ll find ideas you never imagined. Go here to explore a list of Ohio State colleges and schools, and here to search courses.

Academic Advising
Extended Educations academic advisors understand that adult students face unique challenges. They’re here to help you make the transition easier and assist you in course selection and scheduling. They’ll help you determine your eligibility and point you in the right direction to get started.

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Our office is conveniently located on Ohio State’s West Campus at 152 Mount Hall, 1050 Carmack Rd. near Fred Beekman Park. Get directions to our office. To get started or make an appointment with an academic advisor, call (614) 292-8860.

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  Office of Distance Education & eLearning
  152 Mount Hall | 1050 Carmack Road | Columbus, OH 43210-1002
  Phone: (614) 292-8860 | Fax: (614) 292-0049

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