Admission information for international students
Admission to the university at all levels is selective. To be competitive, you must:
- Complete the entire primary and secondary, college-preparatory program in your country of residence.
- Receive above-average and steady or improving grades throughout your secondary and/or university program. Students should demonstrate an average grade of B or above.
Admission requirements from specific countries may be found on our international admission requirements page. If you have taken A-level, International Baccalaureate, or similar exams visit credit by examination for admission requirements.
In addition, the following requirements must be met as appropriate for your level and degree program.
Don't know if you are a freshman or transfer student? Categories of Admissions in the Undergraduate Catalog will tell you.
A note on average grades and class rank for international students.
Additional requirements for selective programs*:
*Selective programs include College of Business, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Honors Tutorial College, School of Music, School of Dance, and many schools in the Scripps College of Communication, the Patton College of Education, and the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
Students who meet Ohio University admission requirements but are not directly admitted to a selective program can enter the university as undecided students and apply at a later date to transfer to their major of choice.
Students who have completed 50% or more of a major at another post-secondary institution will not be considered for admission to Ohio University in that same major and sometimes college; however, applicants may pursue a different major.
If you are interested in a master's or doctorate degree, please visit the Graduate College.
Deadlines and entry terms
Starting fall 2012, Ohio University began operating on a semester system, with two semesters of fourteen weeks each, plus an additional week each semester for examinations. A summer semester is also offered.
Deadlines for the academic year are:
| Entering Term
|| Class Start Date
|| Application and Credential
|| March 1**
|| September 1
|| December 15
*To assure prompt processing please apply by this date. We will accept applications after this date if time allows.
** Honors Tutorial College and the School of Visual Communication have earlier deadlines. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism has an earlier priority date. Special deadlines may apply to students transferring from other institutions. Please see Requirements for Selective Programs above for more information.
Required application documents and procedures
To apply for admission as a freshman or transfer student, the following items are required. You may also download an Application checklist.
- Complete the application form online. You can also download a paper form (*.pdf).
- Honors Tutorial College: the application supplement and 2 letters of recommendation are required.
- E. W. Scripps School of Journalism: application essay or SAT or ACT scores are required for direct admission.*
- School of Dance or School of Music: audition materials are required for direct admission into either the School of Music or the School of Dance.*
- School of Visual Communication: a portfolio is required for direct admission.*
*Students who meet Ohio University admission requirements but are not directly admitted into the School of Music, School of Dance, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, or the School of Visual Communication, can enter the university as undecided students and apply to transfer to their major of choice at a later date.
- Submit the $45.00 USD application fee.
- To apply online you must pay with a credit card.
- To apply by paper please send a check or money order drawn on a US bank or affiliate and paid to Ohio University.
- Request official academic records from every institution you have attended, with a certified or attested translation if the original document is not in English. Visit international admissions requirements to determine exactly what credentials are required.
Official documents must be sent in envelopes sealed and stamped by the school, university, or college. We cannot accept scanned or faxed copies of your academic records.
- Submit evidence of sufficient funding to support your educational and living expenses for a 9-month period. Click here for the necessary amount. Generally accepted financial documentation includes:
- A letter from your sponsor confirming the amount of funding that will be provided and stating your relationship to the sponsor.
- A letter or statement from your sponsor’s bank confirming that the funding is available in an accessible account. The name on the bank document must match the sponsor letter and must be written in English.
- If you are on a government or other external scholarship, please provide proof of nomination of the award with your application packet.
- Statement of activities. If there has been a period of six months or longer during which you have not been enrolled in a degree program, attach a brief explanation of your activities during that time.
- Exams for scholarship consideration. For freshmen merit scholarships SAT or ACT examination results must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Ohio University considers SAT combined Math and Critical Reading scores only. Institutional codes are:
- SAT - Institutional Code 1593
- ACT - Institutional Code 3314
- Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available.Students with low English scores or no scores can still be conditionally admitted to Ohio University, but will be required to attend classes in the Ohio Program of Intensive English until the required levels of English proficiency are attained. (Note: If you are applying for conditional admission, DO NOT apply separately to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. You will automatically be placed in the appropriate level based on your test score when you arrive on campus.) TOEFL and IELTS Exams should be taken within the last 12 months. See our English Proficiency Policy for more information.
Only official score reports are accepted. IELTS reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL results should be sent electronically directly from the testing agency. Ohio University's TOEFL institution code is 1593. Evidence that you meet the English proficiency requirement for your program must be received by the end of the first week of classes.
- Mail your supporting documents to:
120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701 - USA
- Requesting a Change of Entry Term. In most cases, a student's offer of admission to Ohio University is valid for one academic year. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions if you would like to change your term of entry. An updated Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarship is required. Note: Students may be required to provide updated financial, academic, or other documentation.
After submitting an application
Estimated processing time
Once we have received all of the necessary documents, please allow 8 weeks for a decision.
Application status check
You can check the status of your application online. Please allow at least 10 business days after you have mailed a document for it to clear from your To Do list.
I am admitted, what do I do now?
Visit the Path to Promise website for information on activating your OHIO ID and arriving at Ohio University.