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Programs with More Selective Admission Guidelines


Biological Sciences

Strong preparation in mathematics and science as evidenced by standardized test scores and coursework.


College of Business

Students most likely to be successful in the College of Business are among the top 20 percent of their high school classes and score 24 or above on the ACT or comparable SAT.


E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Applicants to the School of Journalism are evaluated on all the criteria used in the general admission review, and notable media-related talent or experience is given particular consideration. Applicants from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply to the School of Journalism. The middle 50 percent of freshmen who enrolled in the journalism program in 2016 had an average GPA of 3.66 on a 4.0 scale, and scored 24-28 on the ACT or comparable SAT.


School of Dance, Film, and Theater: Dance Division

In addition to general admission requirements to Ohio University, the dance program requires a dance application and dance audition. Acceptance to the dance major or minor program in choreography and performance is by talent audition. Auditions are scheduled to coordinate with various University application deadlines.


School of Media Arts and Studies

Students in the top 40 percent of their high school classes who score at least 23 on the ACT or comparable SAT are best poised for success in the School of Media Arts and Studies.


School of Music

If you are a freshman or transfer student who intends to major in music, you are required to audition with your major instrument or voice and to take a theory placement test. An interview is also required for prospective music education and music therapy majors. The audition, interview, and theory placement test are scheduled on the same day.


School of Nursing

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale who have achieved a 23 or higher cumulative score on the ACT or comparable SAT are best situated for success in the School of Nursing.


Russ College of Engineering and Technology

To best prepare for the demands of the academic programs in Russ College, four years of college preparatory math, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics are necessary. Students ranked in the top 30 percent of their classes who score at least 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT are most likely to be successful in Russ College of Engineering and Technology.


Honors Tutorial College

Students who apply to the Honors Tutorial College are required to submit additional essays with their applications, and selected students will be interviewed each January. A general guideline of the top 10 percent of a student's graduating class and ACT score of 30 or comparable SAT is offered as a measure for potential success in the program.


Ready to apply? Ohio University is a member of The Common Application. Applicants are encouraged to apply using the Common App, which opens annually in August. For freshman applicants who do not want to use the Common App, please visit our alternative online application.

Your application materials must include an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency or from your high school.

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