Ohio University

Programs with More Selective Admission Guidelines

Biological Sciences

Strong preparation in mathematics and science as evidenced by standardized test scores and coursework.

College of Business

Reflecting the values and unique approach of OHIO’s business curriculum, College of Business students are not only academically prepared, but also ready to engage in a hands-on education. A selective, holistic process is used to determine eligibility for direct admission to the College of Business. Successful applicants typically present a solid performance in a strong college preparatory curriculum; above-average performance on standardized test(s); and, optionally, evidence of engagement and demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities, community service, or work experience. Students not directly admitted to the College of Business but who are eligible for admission to the University will be admitted to University College as “Intending Business” and may transfer to the College of Business after completing certain requirements.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Applicants to the School of Journalism are evaluated on all the criteria used in the general admission review, and applicants from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply to the School of Journalism. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an essay detailing how they want to help shape the future of journalism. 

School of Dance

In addition to general admission requirements to Ohio University, the dance program requires a dance application and dance audition. Acceptance to the dance major or minor program in choreography and performance is by talent audition. Auditions are scheduled to coordinate with various University application deadlines.

School of Media Arts and Studies

Students in the top 40 percent of their high school classes who score at least 23 on the ACT or comparable SAT are best poised for success in the School of Media Arts and Studies.

School of Music

If you are a freshman or transfer student who intends to major in music, you are required to audition with your major instrument or voice and to take a theory placement test. An interview is also required for prospective music education and music therapy majors. The audition, interview, and theory placement test are scheduled on the same day.

School of Nursing

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale who have achieved a 23 or higher cumulative score on the ACT or comparable SAT are best situated for success in the School of Nursing.

School of Theater

The School of Theater conducts auditions, interviews, and portfolio reviews for students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater at Ohio University.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

To best prepare for the demands of the academic programs in Russ College, four years of college preparatory math, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics are necessary. Students ranked in the top 30 percent of their classes who score at least 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT are most likely to be successful in Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Honors Tutorial College

Students who apply to the Honors Tutorial College (HTC) are required to submit additional essays with their applications, and selected students will be interviewed each January. A general guideline of the top 10 percent of a student's graduating class and ACT score of 30 or comparable SAT is offered as a measure for potential success in the program. Students typically apply to HTC by selecting an Honors major on the Common Application and submitting the supplemental materials; however, if you applied to Ohio University before learning about the Honors Tutorial College, please review the requirements for selecting an HTC major


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 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.