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Before You Apply

International Admission Criteria

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.

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GCSE or IGCSE Curricula

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.


International Baccalaureate Curriculum

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.


Selective Programs

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

More selective program criteria for freshman admission

More selective program criteria for transfer admission

Application Materials

To apply for admission as a freshman or transfer student, the following items are required.

  • Application form
  • $70 international application processing fee
  • Official academic records from every institution you have attended, with a certified or attested translation if the original document is not in English. (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.)
  • Evidence of sufficient funding to support your educational and living expenses for a 9-month period. Learn more about the necessary amount on our Costs & Aid page. Your financial documentation must include one of the following:
    • A letter from your sponsor confirming the amount of funding that will be provided and stating your relationship to the sponsor (an optional sample sponsor form is available but not required) and 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.
    • Alternately, if you will receive 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 three months or longer during which you have not been enrolled in a degree program, please complete the "Activities" section of the application.
  • Exams for scholarship consideration. For freshman merit scholarships SAT (school code 1593) or ACT (school code 3314) examination results must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Ohio University considers the Evidenced-based Reading and Writing scores from the new SAT format or the combined Math and Critical Reading scores from the old SAT format.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available. TOEFL and IELTS Exams should be taken within the last 12 months.

Official academic records must be submitted by mail, as outlined above, to:

Undergraduate Admissions
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 admissions.international@ohio.edu.

An optional sample sponsor form is available here

English Proficiency

English Proficiency Exams

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:

  • Provide a recent TOEFL or IELTS score. See minimum requirements below. Only official TOEFL or IELTS 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 (school code 1593).

    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.

Ohio Program of Intensive English

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.)

Apply Now

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.

Apply as an international student now

The Common Application