This section outlines general information about applying for admission to Ohio University. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more specific information or for application materials. After hours you may request application materials on the Web, by e-mail, or by fax. Our applications are also available on-line. Visit our Web site to apply electronically, to download and print an application, or to request information.
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Admissions Requirements and Procedures
Selective and Limited Admission
If you are planning to apply to Ohio University, please note that admission is selective--it is granted to the best qualified candidates--and admission to the University does not guarantee admission into a specific program of study. Contact Undergraduate Admissions or refer to the Colleges and Curricula section of this catalog for each college's or school's specific requirements.
Categories of Admission
If you (1) have or soon will receive a high school diploma from a chartered or accredited secondary school or a General Education Development (GED)diploma, and (2) have not been enrolled for 12 or more quarter hours (or 9 or more semester hours) of coursework at a college or university since completing secondary school, you are considered a freshman applicant. However, if you have earned credit for college courses as a high school student through one of the post-secondary options or other concurrent enrollment programs, you are still considered a freshman applicant.
You must have a high school diploma or a GED diploma by the time you plan to enter college. Consideration for admission is based upon your high school performance (class rank, grade-point average, and curriculum); aptitude test scores (ACT or SAT I); the strength of your high school program; and special ability, talent, or achievement.
If you are considering applying for admission to Ohio University, your high school background should include these courses:
- Four years of English, with an emphasis on composition;
- Three years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry; precalculus is encouraged for prospective engineering or business majors), one of which should be taken in the senior year;
- Three years of social sciences (history, social studies, etc.);
- Three years of natural sciences (physics and chemistry are encouraged if you plan to pursue an engineering major);
- Two years of foreign language;
- One year of visual or performing arts (art, band, chorus, music, orchestra, theater, etc.).
Some academic departments may have additional admission requirements. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions or refer to the College and Curricula section of this catalog for further details.
Exceptions to this program of study may be made in light of overall academic preparedness.
Home schooled students should contact the Undergraduate Admissions for special procedures required of students who have pursued home schooling.
To apply, submit a completed application for admission, the nonrefundable $45 application fee, ACT or SAT I scores (sent directly from the testing agency), and an official high school transcript (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from your high school) or GED score report (sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate state GED office, official testing center, or GED Testing Service).
If you are on a non-immigrant visa, you should also review the international applicant section.
If you are financially disadvantaged, the application fee may be waived upon written recommendation from your high school guidance counselor.
Beginning in early fall and continuing through March, those who have submitted complete application materials will be notified of their admission status for fall quarter. Admission decisions and notifications are made on a rolling basis for all quarters.
If any special conditions apply to your enrollment, they will be clearly stated in the letter of admission.
Following acceptance for admission, you will receive information about financial aid (if you apply for financial aid) and a residence hall contract and agreement form. Since all freshmen are required to live in University housing, you should submit the $200 residence hall deposit (by May 1 if you are applying for fall quarter) to confirm your enrollment. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your admission offer. If space remains, late housing contracts will be accepted and require the $200 deposit until July 1, after which full payment of the housing charges will be necessary to secure housing. Please refer to the Housing section in this catalog to examine housing eligibility and exemption regulations. Refunds of housing deposits will be made until May 1. You and your parents will also receive details about the Precollege Orientation program for new students after your deposit or exemption request has been received.
All campuses of Ohio University consider you to be a transfer applicant if you have completed more than 12 quarter hours or 9 semester hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you complete college-level courses concurrently with high school you are considered a freshman applicant.
To be considered for transfer admission at the Athens campus of Ohio University, you must have obtained a minimum accumulative g.p.a. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in academic coursework from a regionally accredited institution. If you have completed less than 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of transferable coursework, or your coursework has been technical in nature, you must also meet freshman admission requirements. You must be in good standing with, and eligible to return to, your previous institution.
Admission as a transfer student does not guarantee admission to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration. Some colleges and programs at Ohio University have additional requirements for transfer student admission, including a g.p.a. higher than 2.5. Note that some programs may require a separate application that must be approved pr ior to official admission to the University. Please refer to the Colleges and Curricula section of this catalog for each college's or school's specific transfer admission requirements.
Since most of our programs and procedures are set up to begin fall quarter, you are strongly encouraged to apply for that term.
To apply, submit a completed application for admission form and the nonrefundable $45 application fee. You must also arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the registrar at each college or university you have attended. If you have completed less than 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of college-level work, an official high school transcript is also required. Students who have completed more than 30 quarter or 20 semester hours may be asked to submit a high school transcript since all students must have graduated from an accredited high school.
ACT or SAT I results are not required of students who have been out of secondary school for more than one year, unless specifically requested by Undergraduate Admissions.
Space is available in University residence halls for transfer students. After you have been accepted for admission, you will receive a housing contract.
If you are on a non-immigrant visa, or will require one to study, you will be considered an international applicant. Admission requirements are the same as those for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and include completion of a college-preparatory, secondary school program with excellent grades. Students wishing to transfer should have a strong grade point average in all college-level work completed.
To apply, you will need to submit an application for Admission, a $45 nonrefundable application fee, official secondary school records, ACT or SAT I examination results if you have been out of secondary school for less than one year, and official records of any university-level work completed. Financial documentation demonstrating you have sufficient funds to cover your educational and living expenses for a 12-month period must also be submitted before a visa certificate can be issued on your behalf. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for specific information regarding the above items.
If you are accepted for admission, you will be required to take an English placement test when you arrive on campus to determine if you will need additional English language instruction in the Ohio Program of Intensive English. If you need additional English language instruction, you may have to delay registering for regular classes until your English skills have improved enough to assure your success in the classroom.
When you are admitted, you will receive the appropriate materials for use in securing your student visa. Additional information, including the housing contract, will be forwarded separately after your admission.
International student application materials may be obtained from Undergraduate Admissions, Ohio University, Chubb Hall 120, Athens OH USA 45701-2979, telephone 740-593-4110. Applications are also available on-line at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/. Further information about services for international students is available from the Office of International Student and Faculty Services, Ohio University, Scott Quad 172, Athens OH USA 45701-2979, telephone 740-593-4330.
High School Enrollment Options Applicant
The State of Ohio, under Senate Bill 140 and House Bill 215, allows area students to enroll in college-level coursework prior to graduation from high school under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP). If you are a high school student and meet the criteria stated below, you may enroll in University classes concurrently with your high school enrollment to earn college credit or both high school and college credit. Students must live within commuting distance to Ohio University in specific counties, and must have completed at least 10 credit units as part of a college preparatory curriculum in high school.
PSEOP offers students two options for enrolling: "Option A" allows high school students to enroll concurrently for college credit only, not high school credit. Students must rank in the top 40% of their high school class. Students enrolled in Option A are responsible for tuition, fees, and textbook charges, and may enroll in any quarter, including summer.
"Option B" allows students to enroll concurrently and receive both high school credit and college credit. Students must rank in the top 25% of their high school class to enroll in "Option B". The Ohio Department of Education will pay tuition and textbook charges for those students enrolling in Option B. Option B students may enroll in any quarter except summer.
Additional information about PSEOP is available from Undergraduate Admissions, including the necessary application materials.
Please note that if you have taken college courses as a high school student under one of these options and plan to apply for admission to Ohio University as a full-time student, you will need to apply as a freshman applicant, not a transfer applicant, even though you have already earned college credit. Credit earned at Ohio University under these options will become part of your permanent record and will be figured into your accumulative grade point average.
Early Admission Applicant
Under special circumstances, Ohio University will consider admitting you as a regular University student after your junior year of high school, but before your high-school graduation. Submit a completed application for admission, the nonrefundable $45 application fee, your high school transcripts, ACT or SAT I scores (sent directly from the testing agent), a statement explaining your reasons for wanting to enroll, and a recommendation from your high school attesting to your readiness to begin college-level studies. You will be required to earn your high school diploma or GED diploma by the beginning of your sophomore year in college to continue University enrollment. Additional information on this option is available from the director of admissions.
If you have previously attended one of Ohio University's campuses but are not currently enrolled (excluding summer quarter) and wish to return as an undergraduate student, you are considered a re-enrolling student. Contact the Office of the Registrar for re-enrollment information at 740-593-4191.
If you have been dropped from the University, you will need to apply to the college where you were last enrolled to be reinstated; if your records have been placed on hold, you will need to make arrangements to resolve the situation through the appropriate office before re-enrollment can be considered.
To receive information about registration, contact the registrar's office at 740-593-4191. If you have attended another college or university since you were last enrolled at Ohio University and wish to transfer credit, arrange to have a transcript sent to Undergraduate Admissions from each post-secondary institution you have attended during your absence from the University.
If you are currently attending one of Ohio University's regional campuses and wish to attend the Athens campus, you are considered a relocating student. Relocation is possible for any quarter, though you should have a g.p.a. of 2.0 or better to be eligible for relocation. Contact the Office of Student Services on your regional campus for additional information.
For on-campus housing, complete a Notice of Relocation to the Athens Campus form, relocating student card, available from Residence Services office, or from your regional campus, and submit it to the Residence Services office on the Athens campus.
Nondegree Student Applicant
If you wish to carry a limited number of courses at the University during the regular academic year, and are not interested in earning a degree, you are considered a nondegree student applicant. To apply, complete a non-degree student application, available from the Undergraduate Admissions. You must have a high school diploma or GED diploma to apply as a nondegree student. You will be required to submit transcripts of high school, GED results, or previous post-secondary work. The application must be received at least two weeks before the first day of classes for the quarter for which you are applying. Transcripts must be received no later than one week before the first day of classes. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for eligibility requirements.
The University currently charges a $20 nonrefundable application fee for nondegree applicants, although summer-only nondegree students are not charged. If you later wish to enter a degree program, you will need to reapply for admission.
If you wish to take courses in the summer only, contact the Office of Summer Sessions at 740-593-2583 for application requirements and materials.
Options for Receiving Credit
Several methods of receiving Ohio University credit for work previously completed or for general knowledge and experience are available. For further information on any of the following, contact the University Examiner, Ohio University, Chubb Hall 120, Athens OH 45701-2979, telephone 740-593-4110.
Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
If you have taken examinations provided by the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Board and achieved a score of three or higher, you may be able to receive Ohio University credit for your efforts. Scores must be sent directly from the College Board to Undergraduate Admissions or be listed on your official high school transcript.
Ohio University also participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Board. Subject to approval by the appropriate department in each case, Ohio University will allow credit for satisfactory performance on the CLEP subject matter examinations, provided you take the examinations before you formally enroll in the University. Credit will not be awarded for CLEP exams taken after your enrollment in the University. The University does not award credit for scores achieved on the CLEP general examinations. Policies on credit for test scores are subject to change; check with Undergraduate Admissions for current information.
Detailed information about both the AP and CLEP programs is available from high school guidance offices, or by contacting the College Board, Box 593, Princeton NJ 08540.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Ohio University will consider awarding up to 12 quarter hours credit for each IB higher level examination graded 5 or above. Credit is not awarded for subsidiary examinations. An official transcript of results received is required for credit consideration. For further information, contact Undergraduate Admissions.
Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination
You also may be able to earn credit without attending formal classes through two programs offered through the University's Office of Lifelong Learning: Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination. Experiential Learning allows you to acquire credit for college-level experience gained through employment and community volunteer work by compiling a portfolio of learning that is reviewed by an appropriate University faculty member and assigned a credit value. Course Credit by Examination allows you to study or review a given subject on your own. You are tested on the subject within six months of enrollment. A letter grade is assigned and credit awarded based on your performance on the examination. Further information on Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination is available from the Office of Independent and Distance Learning Programs, telephone 740-593-2910 0r 800-444-2910. (See also the Office of Lifelong Learning section of this catalog.)
Credit for Armed Forces Courses
Some courses provided by the armed forces may earn college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit might be granted. Blanket credit is not granted for military service, nor is credit granted for the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS). Veterans who served after October 1, 1981, must submit official documentation for credit consideration. Army veterans must submit an AARTS transcript; Marine Corp and Navy veterans must submit a S.M.A.R.T. transcript, Coast Guard veterans must submit a Coast Guard transcript. For additional information, or for instructions for personnel who served before October 1, 1981, contact Undergraduate Admissions, 740-593-4110.
Credit for Training Programs
Some courses offered by business and professional organizations are considered the equivalent of college courses, and you may receive transfer credit, subject to department or school approval, by presenting transcripts or certificates of completion from the training program. The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit can be granted. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for further information.
All college-level credit earned with a grade of C- or higher at a regionally accredited institution is accepted as transfer credit at Ohio University and can be used to satisfy degree requirements in the same manner as credit completed at Ohio University. Remedial courses and English courses taught in non-Anglophone countries are not transferable. Credit is only awarded after admission to the University as a degree-seeking student and upon receipt of official transcripts.
Normally, courses in which you have earned a grade below C- are not acceptable for transfer. However, a course with a D grade will transfer if it meets two conditions: if the course was a specific prerequisite (as stated in the previous school's catalog) for a later course that you took in the same department, and if you earned a grade of C- or better in that later course. If you have coursework that meets these conditions, contact the Undergraduate Admissions to arrange to receive credit. Grades of D will also transfer if you have completed an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree at a regionally accredited, Ohio post-secondary institution.
All grades for transfer credit are converted on your academic record to either a T grade symbol (if credit has been equated to a specific Ohio University course) or a U symbol (if credit has not been equated.) The number of transferable quarter hours of credit is recorded on the academic record, but the grades you earned are not recorded. As a result, if you are a transfer student, you enter Ohio University with no g.p.a. on your academic record. However, your overall g.p.a. earned at other institutions may still be considered part of the criteria for admission into certain programs.
Shortly after you have been accepted for admission as a transfer student, Undergraduate Admissions will send a tentative transfer credit evaluation report.
The Transfer Module
The transfer module was established by the Ohio Board of Regents to help you avoid course requirement duplication when you transfer and to smooth the process of transferring from one Ohio institution to another. It is a means by which you can complete a "core set" of courses at one institution and transfer them as a unit to meet the requirements of the receiving institution.
If you have enrolled at one college or university with the intention of transferring to another institution at a later date, you should identify the receiving institution as soon as possible so that you can insure the applicability of your current coursework to the general graduation requirements of the institution to which you will be transferring.
In general, the transfer module is a set of courses (54-60 qtr. hrs. or 36 - 40 sem. hrs.) that most Ohio institutions have agreed upon as basic to a university-level education. The set includes English composition, mathematics, fine arts, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, and interdisciplinary topics. A transfer module completed at one college or university will transfer in its entirety to the receiving institution once you are accepted. Although the transfer module will meet many general requirements, you may be required to complete additional coursework.
Since some independent colleges and universities in Ohio do not participate in the transfer module policy, check to see if the institution where you are currently enrolled has an agreement regarding the transfer module with the institution to which you plan to transfer.
Consideration for Transfer Module Admission
The following guidelines govern transfer module admission:
- If you have completed the transfer module at another institution with an overall g.p.a. of 2.0 or higher and either the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree, you may be given preferential consideration for admission. You will be able to transfer all courses in which you received a grade of D or better.
- If you have completed the transfer module at another institution with a grade of C- or better in each course and have completed 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours, you may also be given preferential consideration for admission, but only courses in which you have earned a C- or better will transfer.
- If you have completed the transfer module at another institution with a grade of C- or better in each course and have completed fewer than 90 quarter or 60 semester hours, you will be given nonpreferential consideration for admission. Only courses in which you have earned a C- or better will transfer.
Transfer Module Recommendations for Transferring to Ohio University
If you are currently enrolled at another institution but plan to transfer to Ohio University, the following general guidelines for your first two years of coursework should be used in fulfilling the 54-60 quarter or 36-40 semester hours required by the transfer module:
- A minimum of five quarter hours of English composition courses, with an emphasis on written composition.
- A minimum of three quarter hours of mathematics or quantitative skills.
- A minimum of nine quarter hours in arts or humanities.
- A minimum of nine quarter hours from two areas in the social and behavioral sciences.
- A minimum of nine quarter hours in the natural sciences, including at least one laboratory science course.
- Additional elective courses to fulfill the 54-60 quarter or 36-40 semester hour requirement.
We recommend that you work closely with the transfer coordinator at both your current institution and Ohio University to ensure that the specific courses you select under these general guidelines will fulfill the major and graduation requirements of the academic program you intend to pursue at Ohio University.
Transfer Module Recommendation for Transferring from Ohio University
If you are planning to transfer from Ohio University to another institution, the following guidelines should be followed in selecting courses to fulfill the 54-60 quarter hours required by the transfer module:
- A minimum of five hours of English composition by completing one of the following courses:
English 151, 152, 153
- A minimum of three hours of mathematics or quantitative skills from the following courses:
Computer Science 230, 231
Math 115, 118, 121, 122, 163A-B, 211, 250, 251, 263A-B-C-D
- A minimum of nine hours selected from at least two of the following areas:
African American Studies 110, 210, 211, 250
Art History 211, 212, 213
Classical in English 127, 234,
Comparative Arts 117, 118, 211, 212, 213, 270, 271, 272
English 200, 201, 202, 203, 206
Film 201, 202, 203
History 121, 122, 123
Humanities 107, 108, 109, 117
Music History and Literature 120, 125
Philosophy 101, 130, 216, 235, 240, 250, 260
Theater 270, 271, 272
Women's Studies 100
World Religions 181
- A minimum of nine hours selected from at least two of the following areas:
African American Studies 101, 202
Anthropology 101, 202
Economics 103, 104,
Geography 121, 131, 132, 201, 234, 241
History 101, 102, 103, 132, 133, 200, 201
Human and Consumer Sciences 160
International Studies 103, 113, 121
Linguistics 275, 280
Political Science 101, 210, 230, 250, 270
Psychology 101, 273
Sociology 101, 201, 210, 211, 220, 230
- A minimum of nine hours, including at least one laboratory science course with at least one laboratory meeting each week in addition to lectures, from the following:
Astronomy 100, 100D, 140
Biological Sciences 100, 103, 130, 131, 170, 171, 172, 173, 201, 221, 222, 225, 275
Chemisty 121, 122, 123, 151, 152, 153
Geological Sciences 101, 120, 170, 211, 215, 221, 231, 255, 283
Physical Science 100, 100D, 105, 105L, 140
Physics 201, 202, 203, 210, 251, 252, 253
Plant Biology 100, 100L, 102, 110, 111, 247
- Additional courses to fulfill the 54-60 hour requirement
We recommend that you work closely with the transfer coordinator at the institution to which you hope to transfer to ensure that the specific courses you select will fulfill the major and graduation requirements of the academic program you intend to pursue.
Transferring Technical College Credit
If you have completed an associate's degree from a Board of Regents--approved Ohio college, you will be able to transfer credit for all the general education coursework in which you earned a grade of C- or better. Most programs will also allow a limited amount of credit for technical courses to be applied as elective credit toward graduation requirements.
Enrollment Medical Requirements
There are no specific medical requirements to fulfill before entering the University--for example, you are not required to have a physical examination. However, some Colleges have specific medical requirements for students pursuing certain majors.
If you are a newly enrolled international student or an international student returning after an absence of two or more years, you will need to arrange for a tuberculosis skin test through the Student Health Service on campus.
The University requires full-time students to have major medical insurance and offers an affordable plan for students and their dependents. Information on the insurance plan is included with your registration materials.
Although you may enroll for any quarter, we recommend that you enter fall quarter, if possible, because many course sequences begin in the fall.
If you are a high school senior applying for fall quarter, we recommend that you apply for admission to Ohio University no later than December or January of your senior year, but you may apply any time after completing your junior year. Applications for other terms are accepted up to one month before the quarter or term begins.
You should arrange to take the SAT I and/or ACT by December of your senior year so that scores can be submitted with your application materials.
Currently, certain programs, including Honors Tutorial College, the School of Journalism, and the School of Visual Communication have earlier deadlines. Contact Undergraduate Admissions or refer to the current Application for Admission for further details.
Some of Ohio University's more competitive and popular programs meet their enrollment targets and close admission before the published deadlines. The University reserves the right to close admission to any of its programs without advance notice.
Freshman Application Deadlines.
Applications Transcripts Fall Feb 1 March 1 Winter Dec 1 Dec 15 Spring March 1 March 15 Summer May 1 June 15
The application deadlines listed below are priority dates. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis. If you have applied by the stated application priority date and your transcripts are received after the transcript priority date, you will still receive consideration. Be sure to have your transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the registrar at each school you have attended.
Transfer Application Priority Deadlines.
Applications Transcripts Fall May 15 June 15 Winter Oct 15 Nov 1 Spring Feb 15 March 1 Summer May 1 May 15
International Application Priority Deadlines.
International applicants should follow the deadlines noted above. We recommend that you submit all of your supporting materials, including transcripts, well before the application priority date to facilitate the review process, and to allow ample time to apply for a vista at a U.S. embassy or consulate if you are admitted.
The best way to learn about Ohio University is to visit our campus. You are encouraged to arrange a visit through Undergraduate Admissions, which sponsors information sessions and walking tours of the campus Monday through Friday and most Saturdays (except holidays - see the Academic Calendar section). Tour and information session times are listed on the chart. Reservations are required for campus visitation programs. We ask that you make reservations for campus visits at least a week in advance for weekday visits and at least three weeks in advance for Saturday visits. Please be aware that the University observes several holidays throughout the year during which Undergraduate Admissions will be closed.
If you would like to speak with a faculty member or college representative in your field of interest, you may contact the department directly. Appropriate departmental contact informatiaon is available online at http://www.ohiou.edu/admissions/visit.html. (These appointments are available Monday through Friday only.)
To arrange a visit, contact Undergradute Admissions at 740-593-4100 during office hours Monday through Friday. You may also schedule a visit online or take an interactive campus tour by visiting http://www.ohiou.edu/admissions/visit.html.
For help in finding your way around Ohio University and Athens, stop at the Ohio University Visitors Center at the corner of Richland Avenue and Shafer Street. Directions and maps are available, as well as information about the University and community.
Campus visitation schedule
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To schedule a visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 740-593-4100.
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