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The OHIO Admission Promise for Fall 2021

The OHIO Admission Promise for Fall 2021

Here it is, seniors – that glimpse of certainty you’ve been looking for in the midst of… well, 2020. Because you’ve worked hard, powered through in high school, and proven that you’re prepared for the challenge and opportunity a college education offers, we’re making you this promise:
If you earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, you’re in—and we’ll help with the cost of college*. 

Get in. Get financial support.
Get started on your path to success.

Through the OHIO Admission Promise, qualifying fall 2021 applicants can receive automatic general University admission to the Athens campus.

And we’re taking that promise even further by offering, at minimum, a renewable $2,000 OHIO Admission Promise Award when you complete the FAFSA on time.


To qualify for the OHIO Admission Promise:

  1. Submit your application by the extended deadline of January 15, 2021 (Application fee waived!).
  2. Send your high school transcript showing that you've earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a strong college prep curriculum
  3. Enroll in fall 2021 as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on the Athens campus.

And, to receive the OHIO Admission Promise Award when you enroll, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and ensure your results are received by the priority deadline of January 15, 2021.


* Subject to eligibility requirements defined in FAQ. Cumulative weighted or unweighted GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale; OHIO will recalculate GPAs to 4.0 scale as needed. 


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Kris Perez

We are all about excellence. We’re also about opportunity.

We want our doors to be open to students who have the drive and the dedication to persevere through obstacles (even a global pandemic) to achieve their unique goals. We know from countless alumni success stories that the support and opportunity we offer will be with you not just for four years, but for life. That’s the OHIO Admission Promise.

Hailee Sorenson

OHIO Honors opportunities and other selective programs

We offer one of the nation's most engaging honors experiences in our prestigious Honors Tutorial College, an Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, a robust OHIO Honors Program available to all majors, and several top-ranked competitive academic programs, some with additional selective admission requirements. And of course, we invest in our students through other generous merit- and need-based scholarships, too.

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You are more than a GPA. Let us take a look!

We know that every student is different, so our holistic review option allows applicants with any GPA to be considered individually for admission, and we invite all interested students to apply. We promise to take a careful look at your full application. Many applicants choose to submit optional supporting materials, such as an essay, test scores, or a recommendation letter, to demonstrate how they’re prepared to succeed.

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OHIO options close to home

If you live near one of our regional campuses, keep in mind that each regional campus already offers automatic admission to students who earn a high school diploma or equivalent--along with affordable tuition and generous regional-specific scholarships. From Athens to Zanesville, and every campus in between, an excellent Ohio University experience is within your reach. 

What is considered a "strong college prep curriculum"?

Applicants must earn a minimum of 21 credits at the college-prep level or above to be eligible for the OHIO Admission Promise. 

  • 4 units each of English and math (including Algebra II or above) 
  • 3 units each of science and social studies 
  • 2 units of foreign language 
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts 
  • 4 additional electives 

Applicants who have pursued a different curriculum are welcome to apply and will be reviewed holistically.

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