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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 March 1, 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 March 1, 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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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.

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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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OHIO Excellence Awards

A set of scholarships and grants designed to recognize the resilience, accomplishments, and diverse contributions of the fall 2021 entering first-year class, the new and expanded program underscores OHIO's commitment to support our students from admission through graduation and beyond.

OHIO Excellence Awards


Which academic programs or majors are eligible for the OHIO Admission Promise?

The OHIO Admission Promise applies to any of our programs that operate on general University admission requirements. Several academic programs have more selective requirements or competitive selection processes, in addition to general University admission. If you apply to one of our more selective programs, you would be eligible for general admission and the $2,000 renewable award under the OHIO Admission Promise while your application is reviewed holistically for your desired program. 

Does the deadline extension apply to more selective programs?

Yes! Given the extenuating circumstances of this application cycle, OHIO is giving applicants more time to apply to all our programs for fall 2021, including those with more selective admission guidelines. Some programs have limited capacity or additional steps to complete after the application, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for fullest consideration. 

How do I use the application fee waiver?

Just enter code OhioPromise in the field marked “School-specific fee waiver code” on the application.

Does the OHIO Admission Promise apply to students who have already applied?

Yes! Processing and review are under way now for applicants who met OHIO’s November 15 Early Action deadline. Our Early Action applicants will be among the first to receive their admission decision, including to our more selective programs. They’ll also get early confirmation of eligibility for the OHIO Admission Promise Award and will receive early notification of any additional merit-based scholarships for which they may qualify. 

Can I still apply if I don’t have a 3.0 GPA?

Yes, of course! Even if you don’t qualify for the OHIO Admission Promise, we look forward to receiving your application. Through our holistic review process, you will receive a careful and thorough review of your application, including any optional materials you choose to submit, such as test scores, an essay, or letters of recommendation. We care about all the ways can you show you are academically prepared to attend college.

What are the requirements to renew the OHIO Admission Promise Award?

The OHIO Admission Promise Award is renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per year) and requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. For renewal, recipients must maintain an Ohio University cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and file the FAFSA annually by the published first priority deadline (January 15).

How do I apply for scholarships and aid in addition to the OHIO Admission Promise Award?

OHIO's approach to financial aid and scholarships includes generous merit-based scholarships, supportive need-based grants, and awards that blend both merit- and need-based criteria. All first-year, degree-seeking students who are new to the Athens campus of Ohio University in fall 2021 are considered for scholarships at OHIO. The application for admission serves as the application for merit-based scholarships; awarding is based heavily on high school performance, with test scores considered only if available and favorable to the applicant. To be considered for the need-based awards, the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by Ohio University by the first priority date of January 15, 2021. Students may be considered for need-based aid on a rolling basis after the priority date of January 15. Ohio University's federal school code is 003100.

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the application for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid at Ohio University. Students can file their FAFSA online at https://fafsa.gov or via the myFAFSA mobile app beginning October 1 each year. The FAFSA is not required for many merit-based scholarships at OHIO, but students must file a FAFSA each year to be eligible for the renewable $2,000 OHIO Admission Promise Award.

If filing the FAFSA qualifies me for financial aid, including loans, do I have to accept the aid?

Filing the FAFSA is simply your application for federal, state, and institutional aid at Ohio University. While filing a FAFSA is required to be considered for the $2,000 OHIO Admission Promise Award, you don't have to have financial need to be eligible for that scholarship. Families are not obligated to accept any other types of financial aid that might be offered, including loans.

Are international freshman applicants eligible for the OHIO Admission Promise?

International freshman applicants to degree programs may be considered for admission under the Promise; additional English language proficiency requirements must be met. Eligibility for the OHIO Admission Promise Award is limited to students who are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students on F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible to file a FAFSA.

Are transfer applicants eligible for the OHIO Admission Promise?

This program is for freshmen, but transfer applicants who are ready for a change in their higher education plans are welcome to apply to OHIO and will be reviewed in accordance with our transfer admission guidelines and will be eligible for consideration for our transfer scholarship programs.

Are there exceptions to the OHIO Admission Promise?

Yes, some restrictions apply. To ensure the integrity of the selective admission process, the success of our students, and the safety of our community, OHIO reserves discretion to review selected applications holistically in some circumstances. For example, applicants who present non-standard high school credentials, including mastery or narrative transcripts, and those presenting concerning or anomalous academic indicators, such as severe downward grade trend or insufficient credits, will be reviewed holistically. OHIO may withhold admission where insufficient evidence of academic preparation exists. Applicants must be in good standing at their high school and, if they’ve participated in dual enrollment, must be eligible to return at all institutions previously attended. 

The OHIO Admission Promise Award may not be combined with some University scholarships, full-tuition Educational Benefits, or any other award valued at full in-state tuition.

Is the OHIO Admission Promise available at OHIO’s regional campuses?

Ohio University’s regional campuses and centers extend our mission and reach into communities across the state. While this Promise relates to the Athens campus for fall 2021, all of our regional campuses operate on open admission guidelines, meaning applicants who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible for admission. And our relocation policy means that regional campus students can relocate to Athens at any time after successful performance in just one semester. 

Does the OHIO Admission Promise apply to fall 2022 or beyond?

The OHIO Admission Promise applies to fall 2021 applicants at this time. We’ll share more information about application requirements for the 2022 application cycle next year. Join our mailing list to stay informed!

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