Entrance Information for Freshmen

Ohio University welcomes more than 4,000 incoming freshmen to our Athens campus each year. And with more than 250 academic programs available, you can find the major that's right for you at OHIO. 

Check out the sections below for more information on how to prepare for admission to Ohio University.

Learn about what you can do throughout high school.

Academic Profile

The following items indicate the average ranges of the middle 50 percent of our Fall 2014 freshman class in a variety of academic areas:

  • Top 16-45% of their graduating high school classes
  • Average composite ACT score of 22-26
  • Average combined SAT score of 1000-1180 (math and critical reading)
  • Average high school grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale)

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Admissions looks for evidence of academic preparation in a strong college-preparatory curriculum when reviewing applications for admission. We consider the following criteria:

  • Strength of curriculum
  • Performance in curriculum
  • Class rank
  • Grade point average
  • ACT and/or SAT scores

Some of our programs have more selective criteria above and beyond general admission guidelines.

View more selective program admission criteria

Suggested Coursework

Ohio University strongly recommends that all applicants complete the following college-preparatory high school coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of mathematics (including Algebra II or above)
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts
  • 4 additional elective units

Application Materials

In addition to your application and related fee, you must have an official high school transcript submitted by your high school counselor and official SAT or ACT scores submitted directly from the testing agency or from your high school. These items can be submitted electronically or mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701

You can send optional application materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or lists of extra-curricular interests and activities to the same address or to admissions@ohio.edu.

Home School Information

If you are a home-schooled student, you must submit written verification from the appropriate school district that you have been excused from compulsory attendance for home education; a personal statement discussing your academic preparation for college; and one of the following:

  • GED results and Certificate of Equivalence AND standardized test score (ACT composite score must be at least 21; SAT combined math and critical reading score must be at least 1000)
  • Standardized test score (as indicated above) AND a portfolio of your academic work

View the full home school admission policy


Ready to apply? 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.

Apply for freshman admission