OHIO is home to a welcoming and diverse community of students from all over the world, and 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 and earn above-average and steady or improving grades throughout your secondary and/or university program. You should demonstrate an average grade of B or above.
View international credentials by country For students participating in the GCSE or IGCSE curricula, we generally expect to see at least 6 passes, graded C or higher. Students who are going on to complete GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS-levels) and/or Advanced Levels (A-levels) may be awarded transfer credit for successfully completed exams.
For students studying an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, we generally expect an average of 5 out of 7 on your college-preparatory curriculum. IB Higher Level examinations may also be eligible for transfer credit.
Some of our programs have more selective criteria above and beyond general admission guidelines.
To apply for admission as a freshman or transfer student, the following items are required.
Official academic records must be submitted by mail, as outlined above, to:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701 - USA
Optional materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or lists of extra-curricular interests and activities can be sent to the same address, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students must demonstrate English proficiency to be admitted to academic study. International students are required to take an English proficiency test when they arrive on campus unless they can demonstrate proficiency through one of the following:
TOEFL or IELTS Requirements for most OHIO programs
TOEFL Paper : 525 (composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT) : 71 (writing subscore of 17)
IELTS : 6.0 (no sub-score below 6.0)
TOEFL or IELTS requirements for the College of Business
TOEFL Paper : 550 (no sub-score below 5 and composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT) : 80 (no sub-score below 17)
IELTS : 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0)
Complete at least three years in a high school in an English-speaking system, including three years of high school English (not ESL) courses with a grade of B or better.
Submit an ACT composite score of 21 and English score of 21.
Submit an SAT composite score of 990 (Math and Critical Reading sections only) with a score of 540 in Critical Reading*.
Have completed the equivalent of Ohio University's English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I (Freshman Composition) with a grade of C or better. Course equivalency will be determined during the application process.
* This score refers to the old SAT format for tests taken prior to March 2016. For fall 2016 applicants, new SAT scores will be considered for admission or scholarships on an individual basis. Beginning with spring 2017 applicants, Undergraduate Admissions will consider both new SAT and old SAT scores. While we will continue to superscore (combine subscores from multiple test dates) across the same version of the SAT, we will not superscore between the new SAT and old SAT.
Students who do not submit evidence of meeting Ohio University’s English proficiency requirements may be admitted to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. Upon reaching the required level of English proficiency for your college, students may apply to begin academic study. (Note: If you are applying for admission to an Ohio University academic program, do not apply separately to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. You will be tested when you arrive on campus and automatically placed in the appropriate level based on your test score.)
Ready to take the next step? Ohio University is a member of The Common Application. Applicants are encouraged to apply using the Common App, which opens annually in August. For international applicants who do not want to use the Common App, please visit our alternative online application.