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Prospective Student FAQ

Who is considered a transient student?

A transient student is one who is currently working toward a graduate degree at another university and seeking temporary admission status to earn graduate credit at Ohio University for transfer to his/her home university.

Do I have to submit a Financial Support Form with my application? (International Students only)

It is not required, but it is recommended. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services require that Ohio University establish that students have sufficient funds for the first year of study before a Form I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility can be issued.

Having a complete Financial Support Form on file at the point you are admitted will speed up processing of your Certificate of Eligibility.

How much is the application fee and how can I pay it?

The application fee information can be found on our Application and Admission web site.

If you apply electronically, you can pay by credit card or electronic check (U.S. Bank Only). Please be aware that an electronic check takes 6 business days to be processed and you should receive an email confirmation of the transaction. If you wish to pay by conventional check or money order rather than online, you must fill out a paper application. See Application and Admission for details.

We cannot waive the application fee.

How does the admission process work at Ohio University?

Your application, transcripts, and test scores are all processed through the Graduate College, and then are forwarded to the academic department. The department evaluates your application materials as part of the program admission process. The program admission process may include interviews or auditions.The program faculty also makes decisions regarding graduate assistantship assignments. Once the program faculty have made a decision, that decision is relayed back to the Graduate College, and an official admission decision is sent to you.

How can I schedule a tour of campus?

The Graduate College does not conduct campus tours. As a graduate student, you may want to contact the program to which you applied in order to arrange a visit with them. Click here for department contact information.

What minimum test scores are needed for admission?

Please be aware that not all academic departments require standardized tests. This requirement along with the minimum score requirement (if applicable) can be found on the Degree Programs web site. If you are an international student, minimum scores for the TOEFL and IELTS are also on our English Proficiency website. The institution code for Ohio University is 1593. Please be aware that for the general GRE no department code is needed, but for a subject GRE please contact the department (contact information can be found at on the Degree Programs page).

When will I be informed of my admission decision?

The Graduate College does not make admission decisions. The academic department makes all decisions and you need to contact the specific program to which you applied. A list of programs with links to their web sites can be found here.

How can I check my application status?

At the moment, Ohio University does not offer an online application status check. To determine where in the process of admission your application is, please contact the specific program to which you applied. A list of programs with links to their web sites can be found here.

Please check with your mail carrier to confirm that your documents have been delivered to the Graduate College. If they have, then allow the Graduate College 2-3 weeks to process a Domestic Student application and 4-5 weeks to process an International Student application.

What are the admission requirements, and what is the application deadline?

Each academic department determines admission requirements and deadlines. This information can be found on our Degree Programs page.

What degree programs are offered at Ohio University?

Follow this link for a complete listing of the Graduate Degree Programs offered at Ohio University.

Can you tell me if I am qualified for admission?

As you are probably aware, graduate admission is competitive. The chances of any application being successful depend on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) academic background, work experience, test scores, letters of recommendation, and the overall strength of the applicant pool in any given year. We encourage you to review the departmental information available online, contact the department directly to determine whether or not it seems like a place you believe you could be successful. If you find it so, then please fill out an application.

How will I be informed of my admission decision?

Most departments will notify students that they have been recommended for admission, by mail or e-mail. This notice is then followed a week or two later by the official admission letter from the Graduate College. The Graduate College sends all admission decisions by e-mail.

I want to change the recommenders that I originally put on my online application. How do I go about getting the new recommenders the appropriate form?

You may check the status of your online recommendation(s) by following these steps:

  1. Return to your application, and login using the same username and password you used when you applied.

  2. Click "Review Your Activity."

  3. Click on Ohio University - Graduate Admissions. You will see the names of the recommenders using online letters of recommendation and the status. You will also receive an email after an online recommendation is completed.

  4. To modify recommender information (name, e-mail address), you can select "Edit this recommender" from the dropdown menu. If you change a recommender, an email will be sent to the new recommender with instructions on how to complete the recommendation. An email will also be sent to the recommender who was removed indicating that you no longer want them to fill out an online letter of recommendation.

To send a reminder email, select "Send a reminder" from the drop down menu and click on continue. You will then have an opportunity to add a message to the email that will be sent to the recommender.

If a recommender does not wish to use the online recommendation system, have them complete and submit the paper recommendation available on the Forms page.

What kind of financial aid is available?

A brief explanation of the types of financial assistance for graduate students can be found on our Financial Assistance page.

You can find more information on our Graduate Appointments page.

How can I change something on the application that I submitted online?

Please contact graduate@ohio.edu with your first name, last name, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you are an international student and do not have a social security number, please provide the first three pieces of information.