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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.

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.

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

Ohio Program of Intensive English

If you have low English scores or no scores, you may still be conditionally admitted to Ohio University but will be required to attend classes in the Ohio Program of Intensive English until you meet the English proficiency requirement for your college. (Note: If you are applying for conditional admission, do not apply separately to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. You will automatically be placed in the appropriate level based on your test score when you arrive on campus.)

English Proficiency Exams

Only official 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). Evidence that you meet the English proficiency requirement for your program must be received by the end of the first week of classes.

English proficiency exams are not required for undergraduate admission. All international students are required to take an English proficiency test when they arrive on campus unless they meet one of the exceptions below.

Exception 1: Have sufficient TOEFL or IELTS requirements to begin directly in academic study.

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)

Students achieving a PBT TOEFL score of 525 with a composition score less than 5, or an IBT score of 71 with a composition score less than 17, will need to successfully complete the OPIE D805A composition class.

TOEFL or IELTS requirements for the College of Business
: 550 (no sub-score below 52 and composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT) : 80 (no sub-score below 17)
IELTS : 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0)

Exception 2:  Have recently completed 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

Exception 3: Submitted an ACT composite score of 21 and English score of 21

Exception 4: Submitted an SAT composite score of 990 (Math and Critical Reading sections only) with a score of 540 in Critical Reading*

Exception 5: 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.

Duration of English Study

Ohio University cannot promise how long it will take students to reach the level of English proficiency needed to begin academic classes. This chart is an estimate based on the assumption that students are attending classes regularly, completing in-class and out-of-class assignments, and progressing through courses.

Students who do not meet the requirements to begin full-time academic study must take an institutional TOEFL exam when they arrive. Level and class placement will be based on the results of this institutional exam.

Once students have reached a certain level of English, they may be allowed to take one or two academic classes while they continue to study English.

Learn more about Duration of English Study (English)

Learn more about Duration of English Study (Chinese)

Learn more about Duration of English Study (Arabic)

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