Ohio University

How to Apply as a Freshman

Entrance Information for Freshmen

Ohio University welcomes more than 3,600 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.

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Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Admissions operates on a holistic, selective review and 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 (if provided)

Ohio University has implemented a test-optional pathway for admission to the Athens campus. Learn more about the test-optional pathway.

Criteria for More Selective Programs

Some of our colleges and programs have selective criteria above and beyond general admission guidelines. These include Biological Sciences, the College of Business, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts, Honors Tutorial College, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the School of Nursing.

View selective program admission criteria

Academic Profile

The following items indicate the average ranges of the middle 50 percent of our fall 2019 freshman class in a variety of academic areas:

  • Top 12-38% of their graduating high school classes
  • Average composite ACT score of 21-26
  • Average combined SAT score of 1060-1240 (math and evidence-based reading and writing)
  • Average high school grade point average of 3.55 (on a 4.0 scale)

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 $50 fee, you must have an official high school transcript submitted by your high school counselor. These items can be submitted electronically or mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens OH 45701

If you choose to submit SAT (school code 1593) or ACT (school code 3314) scores, they must be submitted directly from the testing agency or from your high school. Learn more about the test-optional pathway for freshman applicants to the Athens campus.

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

Home School Information

Ohio University welcomes applications for admission from students who have a home school background. Our home school review process is designed to recognize the unique experience of a home education while ensuring preparation for academic success at OHIO.

View the home school admission policy


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 print and mail the alternative PDF application or 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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