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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]


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Undergraduate Admissions

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This section outlines general information about applying for admission to Ohio University. Contact Undergraduate Admissions 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for more specific information or for application materials. Our applications are available online. You can also request application materials on our website, by email, or by fax. Visit our website to apply electronically, to download and print an application, or to request information.

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701–2979
Telephone: 740.593.4100
Fax: 740.593.0560

Admission Requirements and Procedures

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Selective and Limited Admission
If you are planning to apply to Ohio University, please note that admission is selective for most programs—it is granted to the best qualified candidates—and admission to the University does not guarantee admission into a specific program of study. Contact Undergraduate Admissions or refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific requirements.

Applicants are required to notify Undergraduate Admissions if any of the information provided on the application for admission changes after submission. Ohio University reserves the right to alter terms of admission, up to and including revocation of the admission offer, if necessary.

Applicants who are denied admission may appeal the decision by sending a request for reconsideration to admissions@ohio.edu. The message should be directed to the attention of the assistant vice provost for enrollment management and director of Undergraduate Admissions. Successful appeals typically include additional information supporting evidence of academic preparation that was not available at the time of the original admission decision. More information about the appeals process can be found at www.ohio.edu/admissions/appeal/.

Categories of Admission
Freshman Applicant. If you (1) have or soon will receive a high school diploma from a chartered or accredited secondary school or a General Education Development (GED) diploma, and (2) have not been enrolled for 9 or more semester hours (or 12 or more quarter hours) of coursework at a college or university since completing secondary school, you are considered a freshman applicant. If you have earned credit for college courses as a high school student through one of the postsecondary enrollment options or other concurrent enrollment programs, you are still considered a freshman applicant with transfer credit.

You must have a high school diploma or a GED diploma and must have passed all sections of the applicable state assessments by the time you plan to enter college. Consideration for admission is based on your high school performance (class rank, grade point average, and curriculum); aptitude test scores (ACT or SAT); the strength of your high school program; and special ability, talent, or achievement.

If you are considering applying for admission to Ohio University, your high school background should include these college–prep courses:

  1. Four units of English, with an emphasis on composition;
  2. Four units of mathematics (including algebra II or higher; precalculus is encouraged for prospective engineering or business majors);
  3. Three units of social sciences (including .5 unit of American history and .5 unit of American government);
  4. Three units of natural sciences (including 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences, and 1 unit of advanced study; physics and chemistry are encouraged if you plan to pursue an engineering major);
  5. Two units of foreign language;
  6. One unit of visual or performing arts (art, band, chorus, music, orchestra, theater, etc.);
  7. Four units of other electives.

Some academic units have additional admission requirements. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific requirements.

Exceptions to this program of study may be made in light of overall academic preparedness.

Homeschooled students should visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or call for special procedures required of students who have pursued home schooling.

Freshman applicants who have been out of high school for more than one year are not required to submit test scores unless requested by Undergraduate Admissions.

To apply, submit a completed application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, ACT or SAT scores (sent directly from the testing agency or high school), and an official high school transcript (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from your high school) or GED score report (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate state GED office, official testing center, or GED Testing Service).

If you are or will be on a nonimmigrant visa, you should also review the international applicant section.

If you are financially disadvantaged, the application fee may be waived upon written recommendation from your high school counselor or upon receipt of a National Association for College Admission Counseling form or College Board fee-waiver.

Beginning each fall and continuing throughout the year, those applicants who have submitted complete application materials will be notified of their admission status for fall semester. Admission decisions and notifications generally are made on a rolling basis, unless otherwise specified.

If any special terms or conditions apply to your enrollment, they will be stated in the letter of admission.

Following acceptance for admission to the Athens campus, you will receive information about the next steps in your path to enrolling at OHIO. Information will include financial aid (if you apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid using the Ohio University school code, 003100, at fafsa.gov) and residence hall contract information and agreement instructions. Because all freshmen are required to live in University housing, you should submit the $200 housing deposit (by May 1 if you are applying for fall semester) to confirm your enrollment. Failure to do so could result in cancellation of your admission offer. If space remains, late housing contracts will be accepted and require the $200 deposit until July 1, after which full payment of the housing charges will be necessary to secure housing. Please refer to the Services for Students  section (housing information) in this catalog to examine housing eligibility and commuter exemption regulations. Refunds of housing deposits will be made until May 1, provided the request for a refund is submitted to Housing and Residence Life in writing. A few months prior to enrollment, you and your parents will receive details about the required Bobcat Student Orientation program for new students, provided your deposit or exemption request has been received.

Transfer Applicant. All campuses of Ohio University consider you to be a transfer applicant if you have completed more than 9 semester hours or 12 quarter hours at another regionally accredited institution after graduating from high school. If you have completed college–level courses concurrently with high school, you are considered a freshman applicant with transfer credit.

To be considered for transfer admission at the Athens campus of Ohio University, you must have obtained a minimum accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in academic coursework from a regionally accredited institution. If you have completed fewer than 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of transferable coursework, or your coursework has been technical, remedial, or developmental in nature, you must also meet freshman admission requirements. You must be in good standing with, and eligible to return to, your previous institution(s).

Admission as a transfer student does not guarantee admission to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration. Some colleges and programs at Ohio University have additional requirements for transfer student admission, including a GPA higher than 2.0. Note that some programs might require a separate application that must be approved prior to official admission to the University. Please refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific transfer admission requirements.

Because most of our Athens campus programs and procedures are set up to begin fall semester, you are strongly encouraged to apply for that semester. Programs not based on the Athens campus can provide greater flexibility in start date.

To apply, submit a completed application for admission form and the nonrefundable application fee. You must also arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the registrar at each college or university you have attended. Transcripts issued to and/or delivered by students are not official. If you have completed fewer than 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of college–level work, an official final high school transcript is also required.

ACT or SAT results are not required of students who have been out of secondary school for more than one year, unless specifically requested by Undergraduate Admissions; however, official ACT or SAT scores may be used to determine initial math placement, so transfer students with test scores are encouraged to have them sent by the testing agency.

Space is typically available in University residence halls for Athens campus transfer students. After you have been accepted for admission, you will receive information regarding residential housing opportunities at OHIO. Athens campus students with fewer than two years of college or university credit after high school graduation are required to live on campus, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption to this policy. See the Housing and Residential Life website for the Housing Exemption/Termination Request Form and further details.

International Applicant. If you currently hold a U.S. visa or will require one in order to study in the U.S. you will be considered an international applicant. Admission requirements are similar to those for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents and include completion of a college–preparatory secondary school program with excellent grades. Students wishing to transfer should have a strong grade point average in all completed college–level work.

To apply, you will need to submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, official secondary school records, and official records of any university–level work completed. If you are attending a regional or Athens campus program, financial documentation demonstrating you have sufficient funds to cover your educational and living expenses for a nine–month academic year also must be submitted before a Certificate of Eligibility can be issued on your behalf. Please refer to https://www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/instructions/international.cfm for specific information regarding the above items.

Evidence of English proficiency, such as a TOEFL or IELTS exam, is not required for admission. If you are unable to submit an official test score prior to arrival, or if your scores do not meet our English proficiency requirements, then you will take an English proficiency test upon arrival and may be required to gain English language proficiency in our Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) before entering academic coursework. If you have an official TOEFL test that is no more than one year old you may request that it be sent from the testing agency. These scores will be used to place you in appropriate coursework.

Ohio University requires a TOEFL score of 525 (paper), 71 (Internet), or IELTS 6.0 to be admitted to full–time academic classes. Higher scores may be required for applicants to the College of Business. If your score is lower, you should expect to study in our Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE). No additional application is needed. More information about OPIE can be found at www.ohio.edu/opie/.

SAT or ACT test scores are not required for undergraduate international admission; however, since scholarship awards are based on SAT or ACT test scores received on or before February 1, students who would like to be considered for freshman/first-year scholarships need to request that an official SAT or ACT score be sent to Ohio University by the testing agency.

When you are admitted to the Athens campus or a regional campus program, you will receive the appropriate materials for use in applying for your student visa, information on the housing contract, and resources for planning your arrival at Ohio University.

International student application materials are available at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/instructions/international.cfm and may be submitted electronically or mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH, USA 45701–2979

Applications are also available online at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/instructions/international.cfm.
Further information about services for international students is available from:

Office of International Student and Faculty Services
Walter International Education Center
15 Park Place
Ohio University
Athens, OH, USA 45701–2979

Regional Applicant. Regional campuses have an open admissions policy for high school graduates. Admission is based on an official high school transcript or equivalent. The regional campuses do not have residence halls. Transfer students are reviewed for admission in accordance with University policy. Standardized test scores (COMPASS, ACT, or SAT) are not required for admission but are required for placement. Visit the web page for the appropriate regional campus for up-to-date information about application deadlines and processes. See the Regional Higher Education  section of this catalog for more information.

Dual Enrollment (College Credit Plus) Applicant. Description of the Program: Ohio House Bill 487 provides academically qualified students in grades 7 through 12 access to college-level coursework that is not remedial or religious in nature prior to graduation from high school. This program promotes rigorous academic pursuits and provides a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Successful completion of college courses under this program not only earns secondary students transferable college level credit but also credit that satisfies high school graduation criteria.

Campus Options. Students may apply to any campus of Ohio University. For best access to support services, CC+ applicants are encouraged to attend a campus that serves their geographic area, as described below.

Athens: Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, or Washington counties
Chillicothe: Adams, Fayette, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, or Vinton counties
Eastern: Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Noble, or Tuscarawas counties
Lancaster: Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Licking, Perry, Pickaway, or Ross counties
Southern: Adams, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike or Scioto counties
Zanesville: Coshocton, Guernsey, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, or Washington counties

Enrollment Options. Applicants to the CC+ program may choose to enroll in courses under either of the following options:

Option A. The student may elect at the time of enrollment to be responsible for payment of all tuition and the cost of all textbooks, materials, and fees associated with the course. Ohio University shall notify the student about payment of tuition and fees in their My OHIO Student Center.

At the time of enrollment, students electing option A shall inform their school counselor of either their intent:
 1. to receive only college credit or
 2. to receive both high school and college credit for the course

Option B. Under this option, the cost of tuition, textbooks, materials and fees are paid for the student. Upon completion of the course, Ohio University shall award the participant credit for the course, and the governing entity of a public school or the governing body of a participating nonpublic school shall award the student high school credit.

Eligibility. Participation in the CC+ program is available to any qualified student enrolled in a public or nonpublic secondary school during the student’s seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade school year; a student enrolled in a nonchartered nonpublic secondary school in the student’s seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade school year; or a student who has been excused from the compulsory attendance law for home instruction.

The student or the student’s parent/guardian must inform the principal or equivalent of the student’s school by the first day of April of the student’s intent to participate in the program during the following school year. Any student who fails to provide the notification by the required date may not participate in the program during the following school year without the written consent of the principal.

Remediation-Free Standards and Placement Testing. Prior to an offer of admission being made, all applicants, regardless of campus, must demonstrate that they are remediation-free based on standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Determination of remediation-free status is assessed by ACT/SAT, Compass, or Accuplacer scores that meet pre-defined thresholds. More information about remediation-free status is available at www.ohio.edu/dualenrollment.

Admission Guidelines. The admissions process for CC+ on any of Ohio University’s campuses is modeled on the same review process in place for degree-seeking freshman enrollment. Visit www.ohio.edu/dualenrollment for admission criteria.

Regional Campuses
Successful applicants must be remediation-free as described in the “Remediation-Free Standards and Placement Testing” section and demonstrate a strong academic preparation to succeed in college-level coursework.

Application Procedures Applicants to CC+ on any of Ohio University’s campuses must submit the following materials to the appropriate campus office by the deadlines listed in the “Application Deadlines” section:

  • CC+ application for admission, completed in full and signed
  • Official transcripts sent directly from all previously attended secondary schools and postsecondary institutions, when available. When secondary transcripts cannot be provided (e.g., an applicant in grade 7), official grade reports should be submitted by the school, along with any additional documentation that demonstrates academic preparation for college-level coursework.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency or high school (The Compass Placement Exam can be substituted on any regional campus).
  • Official transcripts sent directly from all previously attended postsecondary institutions other than Ohio University (if applicable)

Additionally, for best consideration for admission on the Athens campus, it is recommended that students have taken the ACT or SAT by February of the year they intend to apply for the program. Athens campus applicants must submit official ACT or SAT scores directly from the testing agency or high school to Undergraduate Admissions by May 1 prior to the academic year they wish to begin taking classes.

Application Deadlines. All application materials, including grade reports or high school transcript and standardized test scores, if applicable, must be submitted electronically or postmarked by the dates listed at www.ohio.edu/dualenrollment.

As a reminder, applicants to any semester must notify their secondary school by April 1 of the school year prior to the year they wish to enroll.

Students interested in CC+ should check with their school counselor to determine whether the school has deadlines or requirements that would supersede Ohio University’s requirements.

Students applying for the first time can only apply to second summer session; only continuing students can take courses during first summer session.

Orientation. Students admitted into CC+ and their parents/guardians must attend an orientation session prior to registering for courses. Admitted students will be sent information about orientation locations, dates, and times after notification of an offer of admission. Details regarding registration procedures, books, and advising will be provided at orientation.

Each participant in CC+ will be assigned to an academic advisor who will make available his or her office hours and meeting scheduling procedures. The academic advisor will be able to assist students with identifying available academic resources and support services as well as to answer questions pertaining to academic policies such as add/drop deadlines.

Financial Obligations. Language in the Ohio Revised Code (3365.09) stipulates that if a student does not achieve a passing final grade in a college course, the secondary school may seek reimbursement from the student or the student’s parent/guardian for the amount of state funds paid to the college on behalf of the student, except for cases where the student has been identified as economically disadvantaged.

Under no circumstances shall public school students identified by the school district pursuant to Department of Education rules as being economically disadvantaged be charged for College Credit Plus participation.

Enrollment Limitations. CC+ students may not take more than 30 college credit hours per academic year and not more than 120 college credit hours total through CC+, including those eligible to begin the program in 7th and 8th grade. The restrictions prescribed in this section shall be reduced proportionately for any such student who enrolls in the program beyond their 9th grade year or during the course of the school year.

  1. Four academic school years (120 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grades 7, 8, and 9
  2. Three academic school years (90 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 10
  3. Two academic school years (60 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 11
  4. One academic school year (30 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 12

CC+ students are not permitted to enroll in any course that would require overnight experiences.

Use of Campus Facilities and ID Cards. The identification cards issued to CC+ students enables them to use the following campus services:

  • University Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Student Activities, including athletic events
  • Gordy Hall Learning Lab and Ping Recreation Center on Athens campus

Maintaining Eligibility. Students enrolled under CC+ must maintain the same GPA standards as other students enrolled at Ohio University.

At the close of the semester, the academic record of each enrolled undergraduate student (regardless of student enrollment status) will be reviewed to verify the accumulative GPA. At the time of the review, if a CC+ student does not have the required 2.0 minimum accumulative GPA, the student will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, the student’s accumulative GPA must reach at least a 2.0.

Students who have fewer than 90 semester credit hours earned and who are not removed from probation will be continued on probation or academically dismissed. To be continued on probation, a student must have either a semester GPA of at least a 2.0 or an accumulative GPA equal to or greater than the minimum GPA defined by hours earned:

Total Hours Earned      Minimum Accumulative GPA to be Continued on Probation
0 — 29.99                    1.6
30.00 — 59.99              1.8
60.00 — 89.99              1.9

If a student on probation fails both of the criteria described above, he or she will be academically dismissed.

Students with 90 or more semester credit hours earned who are on probation in a given semester must achieve a 2.0 accumulative GPA to avoid academic dismissal.

Students will be subject to the same grading standards and academic disciplinary actions as all other Ohio University students. Grades will be recorded on a permanent Ohio University academic record. Under Option A.2 and B, the student’s high school will calculate his or her Ohio University grades with his or her high school grade-point average. Students should be aware that courses are at the collegiate level and such coursework is more demanding than normal high school coursework in pace and content.

Re–Enrolling Student. If you have previously attended one of Ohio University’s campuses as a degree–seeking student but are not currently enrolled (excluding summer semester), and you wish to return as an undergraduate student, you are considered a re–enrolling student. Contact the Office of the University Registrar for re–enrollment information at 740.593.4191.

If you have been dropped from the University, you will need to apply to the college in which you were last enrolled to be reinstated; if your records have been placed on hold, you will need to make arrangements to resolve the situation through the appropriate office before re–enrollment can be considered.

To receive information about registration, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 740.593.4191. If you have attended another college or university since you were last enrolled at Ohio University, you should arrange to have a transcript sent to Undergraduate Admissions from each postsecondary institution you have attended during your absence from the University. Acceptance of such credit toward graduation requirements will be determined by the college in which you major.

Relocating Student. If you are currently attending one of Ohio University’s regional campuses and wish to attend the Athens campus, you are considered a relocating student. Relocation is possible for any semester, though you must have earned at least 12 credit hours of coursework that is not developmental or remedial on the regional campus with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA to be eligible for relocation. Students who have earned fewer than 12 credit hours at a regional campus will be subject to Athens campus admission guidelines. Contact the student services office on your regional campus for additional information.

For on–campus housing, complete a Notice of Relocation to the Athens Campus form available from the student services office at your regional campus, and submit it to Housing and Residence Life on the Athens campus.

Nondegree Applicant. If you wish to carry a limited number of courses at the University during the regular academic year and are not interested in earning a degree, you are considered a nondegree applicant. To apply, complete a nondegree application, available online and from Undergraduate Admissions.

The credentials required to support an application for nondegree admission will depend on the highest level of education of the applicant:

  1. Applicants who have completed a high school education or its equivalent must submit a high school transcript showing the date of graduation or GED certificate.
  2. Nondegree applicants with prior college coursework or degree(s) must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. Unofficial copies of transcripts or grade reports are acceptable for nondegree purposes only.

The application and all supplemental materials must be received in Undergraduate Admissions no later than one week prior to the first day of classes.

In some circumstances, Undergraduate Admissions may exercise the discretion to offer single-term visiting student status to nondegree applicants who are unable to produce the required credential or who may not meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information on the possibility of an exception.

If you later wish to enter a degree program, you will need to reapply for admission.

Correctional Education Applicant. If you are incarcerated you may apply to pursue print-based coursework as a degree-seeking or nondegree student.

Students who wish to be considered for degree-seeking status must submit all required application materials, including official transcripts from all previously attended secondary and post-secondary institutions, a nonrefundable application fee, and an application form, available at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/forms.cfm . ACT and SAT scores are not required but are recommended if available.

Applicants who wish to be considered as nondegree students must submit all required application materials. Applicants who have completed a high school education or its equivalent must submit a high school transcript showing the date of graduation or GED certificate. Applicants with prior college coursework or degree(s) must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. Unofficial copies of transcripts or grade reports are acceptable for nondegree status only. Applicants must submit a nonrefundable application fee and application form available at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/forms.cfm.

Transfer Credit

Institutional Transfer

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Institutional Transfer. While all public colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the Transfer Policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements.

Conditions for Transfer Admission. Graduates with associate degrees from Ohio’s public institutions of higher education and a completed, approved Ohio Transfer Module shall be admitted to a public institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their cumulative grade-point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college-level courses.

Further, these students shall have admission priority over graduates with an out-of-state associate degree and other transfer students with transferable and/or articulated college credit.

  1. Associate degree holders who have not completed the Ohio Transfer Module from an Ohio public institution of higher education will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students as long as the institution’s admission criteria, such as the minimum academic standards, space availability, adherence to deadlines, and payment of fees, are fairly and equally applied to all undergraduate students.
  2. In order to encourage completion of the baccalaureate degree, students who are not enrolled in or who have not earned an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree but have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students as long as the institution’s admission criteria, such as the minimum academic standards, space availability, adherence to deadlines, and payment of fees, are fairly and equally applied to all undergraduate students.
  3. Students who have not earned an associate degree or who have not earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of credit with a grade-point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.
  4. Incoming transfer students admitted to Ohio University shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with native students.
  5. Admission to Ohio University, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be admitted automatically to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration.

Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as native students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed.

Transfer Probation. Applicants whose accumulative grade point average on coursework completed at other postsecondary institutions is below 2.0 can, in some cases, be considered for admission to an Ohio University regional campus as “Transfer Probation.”

All required documentation for admission, including official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions attended, must be provided to the Ohio University official responsible for approving transfer probation admission before a decision will be made. Applicants who qualify will not be permitted to register or enroll for classes at Ohio University until all transcripts have been submitted. Applicants cannot be considered for transfer probation status while currently enrolled at another institution.

Applicants with 40 or fewer transfer deficiency points can be considered for transfer probation admission if they meet either condition 1, 2, or 3 as specified below:

  1. They have never been dismissed from a postsecondary institution;
  2. They have been dismissed from a postsecondary institution only once and at least 12 months have elapsed since that dismissal; or
  3. They have been dismissed more than once from any postsecondary institution and at least 24 months have elapsed since the last dismissal.

If an applicant with more than 40 transfer deficiency points has not attended a postsecondary institution for at least four years, he or she can be considered for admission under “transfer probation fresh start” on a case–by–case basis by regional campus admissions offices, Undergraduate Admissions, and University College. Final approval for admission is granted by University College. Successful transfer probation applicants will be admitted as nondegree students in University College.

A combined 2.0 accumulative grade point average must be earned on all courses attempted at Ohio University and all other postsecondary institutions previously attended to move from nondegree transfer probation to regular degree–seeking status.

To be admitted to a regular degree program, students must meet the college and major admission standards for their intended major. Transfer courses successfully completed in accordance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education Transfer and Articulation Policy, for which accredited college–level credit is awarded, will be added to the student’s Ohio University transcript once final admit status is approved. Transfer probation students who do not earn at least a 2.0 grade point average each semester while on transfer probation status will be dismissed from the University for a period of at least four years.

Transfer probation students can be dismissed after their first semester at Ohio University if the semester grade point average is below 2.0. If dismissed, transfer probation students can be reinstated only if they either have their record adjusted such that it removes the basis for the dismissal decision, or they successfully petition the dean of University College for readmission. Petitions are likely to be successful only under extraordinary circumstances. Students admitted initially under transfer probation must have a 2.0 accumulative grade point average on all Ohio University and previous transfer coursework to be eligible to graduate from Ohio University. Transfer probation students must meet all University, college, and major requirements for graduation, including residency requirements.

Options for Receiving Credit

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Several methods of receiving Ohio University credit for work previously completed or for general knowledge and experience are available. For further information on any of the following, visit www.ohio.edu/transfer or contact:

University Examiner
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701–2979

Credit for Advanced Placement (AP). The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

  1. Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam area(s) successfully completed.
  2. General Education courses and credits received will be applied toward graduation and will satisfy a General Education requirement if the course(s) to which the AP area is equivalent fulfill a requirement.
  3. If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied towards graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major.
  4. Additional courses or credits may be available when a score of 4 or 5 is obtained. Award of credit for higher score values varies depending on the institution and academic discipline.
  5. In academic disciplines containing highly dependent sequences (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—STEM) students are strongly advised to confer with the college/university advising staff to ensure they have the appropriate foundation to be successful in advanced coursework within the sequence.

Scores must be sent directly from the College Board to Undergraduate Admissions.

Detailed information about the AP program is available from high school guidance offices or by contacting the College Board, Box 593, Princeton, NJ 08540.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Ohio University also participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Board. Subject to approval by the appropriate department in each case, Ohio University will allow credit for satisfactory performance on the CLEP subject matter examinations, provided you take the examinations before you formally enroll in the University. Credit will not be awarded for CLEP exams taken after your enrollment in the University. The University does not award credit for scores achieved on the CLEP general examinations. Policies on credit for test scores are subject to change; check with Undergraduate Admissions for current information.

Detailed information about the CLEP program is available from high school guidance offices or by contacting the College Board, Box 593, Princeton, NJ 08540.

International Baccalaureate (IB). Ohio University will award up to 9 semester hours of credit for each IB higher level examination graded 5 or above. Credit is not awarded for subsidiary examinations. An official transcript of results received is required for credit consideration. For further information, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Ohio University will grant college-level credit for secondary school students from certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) schools who satisfy the necessary requirements.

Excelsior College Examinations (ECE). Ohio University will award credit for Nursing-based Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) where a grade of A, B, or C is earned. In order to receive credit the student must be enrolled in one of OHIO’s nursing programs. The credit awarded is based on recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE). Only ECE exams that are backed by ACE recommendations will carry transferable credit. In most cases, the equivalent coursework will be general in nature and will not satisfy specific course requirements.

Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination. You also may be able to earn credit without attending formal classes through two opportunities offered through eLearning OHIO. Experiential learning (also referred to as portfolio-based assessment) is designed to provide credit for college-level experience gained through employment or other experience. You follow a specific process to compile a portfolio of learning that is reviewed by appropriate University faculty members and assigned a credit value. Course credit by examination allows you to study or review a given subject and be tested on the subject within six months of enrollment, after which a letter grade is assigned and credit is awarded based on performance on the examination. Experiential learning (portfolio-based assessment) and course credit by examination may be available on request; each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the option is appropriate to meet the student’s goals.These options are not eligible for financial aid. More information is available at www.ohio.edu/ecampus/credit-for-experience.html (See also eCampus  information in the catalog.)

Credit for Armed Forces Courses. Some courses, training, and experience provided by the armed forces may earn college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit might be granted. Blanket credit is not granted for military service. Veterans who served after October 1, 1981, must submit official documentation for credit consideration: Army, Marine Corp, Navy, and Coast Guard must submit a Joint Services Transcript; Air Force veterans must submit a Community College of the Air Force transcript. Additional alignments for military experience is articulated through Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs) (see Military Transfer Assurance Guides). For additional information, or for instructions for personnel who served before October 1, 1981, contact Undergraduate Admissions, 740.593.4100.

Credit for Training Programs. Some courses offered by business and professional organizations are considered the equivalent of college courses, and you may receive transfer credit, subject to department or school approval, by presenting transcripts or certificates of completion from the training program. The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit can be granted. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for further information.

Transferring Credit from Other Colleges and Universities

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Acceptance of Transfer Credit. In most cases, college-level courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education will transfer to Ohio University, subject to review by Undergraduate Admissions and in accordance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education Transfer and Articulation Policy.

Specifically, transfer credit will be accepted for successfully completed (as defined below), college-level courses from Ohio institutions of higher education that are accredited by regional accrediting commissions that have been recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The sending Ohio institution will determine which courses are college-level on the basis of three standards: 1) the course is not remedial or developmental; 2) the course carries one or more credit hours; 3) the hours of the course are eligible to count toward graduation at the sending institution.

For purposes of this policy, institutions accredited by national or professional agencies that are recognized by CHEA, but not also accredited by a regional accrediting commission, will be considered non-accredited.

In accordance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education Articulation and Transfer Policy, Definition of Passing Grade and Appendix E, transfer credit will be accepted for all college–level courses completed successfully in and after fall 2005 from Ohio state–assisted institutions of higher education.

Students who successfully completed Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees prior to Fall 2005 with a 2.0 or better overall grade-point average would also receive credit for all college-level courses they have passed.

Courses taken at a private or out-of-state institution or taken from an Ohio state-assisted institution of higher education prior to the fall of 2005 in which a D grade was earned and not applied toward an earned associate degree normally are not transferable to Ohio University.

If you are transferring to Ohio University with credit from independent institution(s) or institution(s) outside of the State of Ohio, normally courses in which you have earned a grade below C- are not acceptable for transfer; however, a course with a D grade will transfer if it meets two conditions: (1) The course was a specific prerequisite (as stated in the previous school’s catalog) for a later course that you took in the same department; and (2) You earned a grade of C- or better in the later course. If you have coursework that meets these conditions, contact Undergraduate Admissions to arrange to receive credit.

Acceptable course credit transferred without a specific grade from the sending Ohio institution—as in the case of college-level credit earned through credit by exam, for example—will be treated as a “Passed” course in the transfer process.

Transferred courses earned at a state-supported institution located in Ohio that do not meet statewide guarantee equivalencies, such as TAG or Transfer Module requirements, or specific programmatic requirements, or which have no equivalency at Ohio University shall transfer as free elective credit. However, some programs or degrees have limitations on the number of such courses which can be counted toward a program/degree, or there may be a limit to the fields in which these credits may be taken. In these cases, policies and procedures for the application of credit shall be equitable for native and transfer students. Ohio University does not award credit for the same course more than once. In the event that a student transfers two or more external sources of credit that equate to the same Ohio University internal course(s), the student can only receive credit for one instance of the internal course(s).

Remedial courses and English courses taught in non–Anglophone countries are not transferable.

Grades in the Transfer Process. Effective Summer Quarter 2010-11, Ohio University records grades for all acceptable transfer courses with “T” preceding the grade earned on the student’s academic record and the Degree Audit Report (DARS). Effective Fall Quarter 2005-2006, Ohio University accepts and applies transfer courses from Ohio public institutions in which grades of D+, D, or D- are earned. Prior to Summer Quarter 2010-11, these courses reflected a “TD” grade on the student’s academic record and DARS (per Ohio Department of Higher Education policy to ensure the equitable treatment of transfer students across Ohio’s public institutions of higher education). The number of hours of credit earned at each institution is recorded on the permanent record, but no grades are recorded. Transfer students, therefore, enter Ohio University with no GPA on their Ohio University academic records.

Prior to Fall Quarter 2005-2006, D+, D, or D- grades were not transferable. However, if a student earned a D+, D, or D- in a course that was a specific prerequisite (as stated in the academic catalog of the prior school) to a course in which the student earned a grade of C- or better, then the course in which the D+, D, or D- was received was accepted for credit earned, and the “T” was recorded on DARS.

Transfer of Nontraditional Credit. Credits earned at a state-supported institution located in Ohio through pass/fail options, credit by examination, experiential learning, and by other nontraditional methods will be applicable to the equivalent courses when available at Ohio University. If there are no equivalent courses and if the courses are not applicable to the statewide guarantee equivalencies, Transfer Module, General Education requirements, or specific programmatic requirements, the courses will count as free electives. However, some programs or degrees have limitations on the number of nontraditional credits which can be counted, or there may be a limit to the fields in which these credits may be taken. In these cases, credit shall be applied for transfer students in the same manner as for native students.

In most cases, nontraditional credit earned at independent Ohio institutions or institutions outside Ohio will not be transferable.

Awarding of Credit. Credit is awarded only after admission to the University as a degree–seeking student and upon receipt of official transcripts. Shortly after you have been accepted for admission as a transfer student, Undergraduate Admissions will provide you with access to your online transfer credit evaluation report. That report will contain information on courses equated automatically within OHIO’s student information system. The student services office in your academic college will be responsible for making any remaining course evaluations and communicating those equivalencies with you.

Transferring Technical College Credit. If you have completed an associate’s degree from an Ohio Department of Education-approved Ohio college, you will be able to transfer credit for all the general education coursework you have successfully completed, in accordance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education Transfer and Articulation policy. Most programs will also allow a limited amount of credit for technical courses to be applied as elective credit toward graduation requirements. Additional pathways for transferring technical credit is available through Career-Technical Assurance Guide alignments (see Career-Technical Assurance Guides).

Responsibilities of Students. To maximize transfer credit application, prospective transfer students must take responsibility for planning their course of study to meet both the academic and non-academic requirements of Ohio University.

The student is responsible to investigate and use the information, advising, and other available resources to develop such a plan.  Students should actively seek program, degree, and transfer information; meet with an advisor from both the current institution and Ohio University to assist them in preparing a course of study that meets the academic requirements for the program/degree to which they plan to transfer; use the various electronic course/program transfer and applicability database systems, including Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee web resources; and select courses/programs at their current institution that satisfy requirements at Ohio University to maximize the application of transfer credit.

Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are foreign language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will better articulate with the receiving institution’s major. 

Appeals Process. A student disagreeing with the application of transfer credit by Ohio University may appeal the decision to the administration of his/her academic college, in accordance with that college’s appeal process. Typically, that process involves submitting course descriptions, syllabi, and other supporting materials detailing the content of the course in question. If the appeal is denied at the academic college level, the transfer student may further appeal through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. If a transfer student’s appeal is denied after all appeal levels within Ohio University have been exhausted, the student may appeal to the state–level Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review Committee. The Appeals Review Committee shall review and recommend to institutions the resolutions of individual cases of appeal from transfer students who have exhausted all local appeal mechanism concerning applicability of transfer credits at receiving institutions.

Transfer Module. The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Articulation and Transfer Policy established the Ohio Transfer Module, which may be a subset or the entire set of a public higher education institution’s general education curriculum in Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual Ohio Transfer Module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire Transfer Module.

The Ohio Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester or 54-60 quarter hours of course credit in English composition (minimum of 3 semester or 5 quarter hours); mathematics, statistics and logic (minimum of 3 semester or 3 quarter hours); arts and humanities (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours); and natural sciences (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Ohio Transfer Module.

Courses for the Ohio Transfer Module should be 100- and 200-level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Each public university and technical and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Ohio Transfer Module.  Ohio Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Ohio Transfer Module course(s) or the full Ohio Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Ohio Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Ohio Transfer Module portion of Institution R’s general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Ohio Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Ohio Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Ohio Transfer Module courses on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer Assurance Guides. Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) comprise Ohio Transfer Module courses and additional courses required for an academic major called TAG courses. A TAG is an advising tool to assist Ohio University students in planning for specific majors and making course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across Ohio’s public higher education system. A number of area-specific TAG pathways in meta-majors including the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, sciences, engineering, engineering technologies, social sciences, and foreign languages have been developed by faculty teams.  TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Students may elect to complete the full TAG or any subset of courses from the TAG. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of a student’s intended major is encouraged.

Career Technical Assurance Guides. Collaboration among the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Department of Education, and other key stakeholders led to the development of policies and procedures to create statewide career-technical discipline specific articulation agreements and further ensure that students completing coursework at an adult or secondary career-technical institution can articulate and transfer agreed-upon technical courses/programs to any Ohio public institution of higher education and among Ohio public institutions of higher education “without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers”.

Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs) are statewide articulation agreements that guarantee the recognition of learning which occurs at public adult and secondary career-technical institutions and have the opportunity for the award of college credit toward technical courses/programs at any public higher education institution. CTAGs serve as advising tools, identifying the statewide content guarantee and describing other conditions or obligations (e.g., program accreditation or industry credential) associated with the guarantee.

Military Transfer Assurance Guides.  In response to the legislative requirement (Ohio Revised Code 3333.164) to create a military articulation and transfer assurance guide for college-level learning that took place through military training, experience, and coursework, college credit will be granted to students with military training, experience, and/or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) or a regionally accredited military institution, such as Community College of the Air Force.

In order to streamline the awarding, transferability, and applicability of college credit, service members and veterans are guaranteed to earn certain types of credit(s) or course(s) as specified in the Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs), which are based on the endorsed baseline standards and procedures by the Chancellor. Equivalent course(s), credits for courses, or block of credit is to be awarded and applied towards general education and/or major course requirements at the receiving institution in accordance with the MTAG guarantee. There is some training, experience, and coursework that the receiving institution may be able to award college credit only toward general or free electives.

In addition, public institutions of higher education shall ensure that appropriate equivalent credit is awarded for military training, experience, and coursework that meet the baseline standards and procedures according to the Ohio Revised Code 3333.164. This requirement goes beyond credit/course awarded based on the MTAG alignment process.

Apprenticeship Pathway Programs.  The Apprenticeship Pathways initiative advocates for individuals completing apprenticeships by incorporating their learning into academic credit, thereby saving them time and money and encouraging them to advance their academic credentials to contribute to a strong, educated workforce. Ohio apprenticeship programs partner with public two-year institutions to provide technology-specific statewide articulation agreements that recognize non-traditional prior learning. College credit is awarded toward a technical associate degree. Each agreement simplifies student advising by outlining how apprenticeship training in a certain pathway applies to an applied associate degree and lists remaining courses required to complete the degree. The application of the credit toward a technical associate degree in these agreements is guaranteed at the participating receiving institutions.

One-Year Option Credit Award. The One-Year Option builds upon Ohio’s articulation and transfer system to help more adults accelerate their preparation for work by earning a technical associate degree. Consistent with the philosophy of the Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs), the One-Year Option guarantees that college credit will be awarded for college-level learning that occurs through adult programs at public career-technical institutions.

Adults who complete a career-technical education program of study consisting of a minimum of 900 clock-hours and achieve an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor shall receive thirty (30) semester hours of technical course credit toward a standardized Associate of Technical Study Degree (ATS) upon matriculation at a public institution of higher education that confers such a degree. The 30 semester hours will be awarded as a block of credit rather than credit for specific courses. Proportional credit is to be awarded toward the ATS degree for adults who complete a program of study between 600 and 899 clock hours and achieved an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor.

The credit earned through the One-Year Option will be applied to ATS degrees bearing the following standardized degree titles:

 1. Associate of Technical Study in Building and Industrial Technology
 2. Associate of Technical Study in Business Technology
 3. Associate of Technical Study in Health and Allied Health Technology
 4. Associate of Technical Study in Information Technology
 5. Associate of Technical Study in Services Technology

Several methods of receiving Ohio University credit for work previously completed or for general knowledge and experience are available. For further information on any of the following, visit www.ohio.edu/admissions/transfer-credits/index.cfm or contact:

University Examiner
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701–2979

Transfer Module from Ohio University. If you are planning to transfer from Ohio University to another institution, the following guidelines should be followed in selecting courses to fulfill the 36-40 semester hours required by the transfer module:

  1. A minimum of three semester hours of English composition by completing one of the following courses:

    English: ENG 1510 2800  
  2. A minimum of three hours of mathematics or quantitative skills from the following courses:

    Mathematics: MATH 1200 1300  and D300 *, 1321  and 1322 *, 1322 , 1350 , 2301 , 2302 , 2500   
  3. A minimum of six hours selected from at least two of the following Arts and Humanities areas:

    African American Studies: AAS 1100 , 1500  , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 

    Art: ART 1100 

    Art History: AH 2110  , 2120  , 2130 

    Classics: CLAS 2340 

    Film: FILM 2010 , 2030 

    History: HIST 1210 , 1220 

    Humanities: HUM 2070  , 2080  , 2170 

    Interdisciplinary Arts: IART 1170 , 1180 

    Music: MUS 1200 , 1250 

    Philosophy: PHIL 1010 , 1300 , 2160 , 2400 , 2600 

    Theater: THAR 2710 , 2711  
  4. A minimum of six hours selected from at least two of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences areas:

    African American Studies:AAS 1010 , 2020 

    Anthropology: ANTH 1010 , 2020 

    Economics: ECON 1030 , 1040 

    Geography: GEOG 1200 , 1300 , 1310 

    History: HIST 1320 , 1330 , 2000 , 2010 

    International Studies: INST 1100 , 1400 , 1600 

    Political Science: POLS 1010 , 2300 , 2500 

    Psychology: PSY 1010 

    Sociology: SOC 1000 , 2000 

    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: WGSS 1000  

  5. A minimum of six hours of Natural and Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory science course with at least one laboratory meeting each week in addition to lectures, from the following:

    Biology: BIOL 1010 

    Biological Sciences: BIOS 1000 , 1030 , 1300  , 1310  , 1700 , 1705 , 1710 2010 , 2210 , 2215 , 2250 , 2750 

    Chemistry: CHEM 1210 , 1220  , 1510 , 1520 

    Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 1000 

    Geography: GEOG 1100 

    Geological Sciences: GEOL 1010 , 1200 , 1700 , 2110 , 2150 , 2210 , 2310 

    Physics: PHYS 2001 , 2002 , 2051 , 2052 

    Physical Science: PSC 1011 , 1051  

  6. Additional courses to fulfill the 36-40 hour requirement

We recommend you work closely with the transfer coordinator at the institution to which you hope to transfer to ensure that the specific courses you select will fulfill the major and graduation requirements of the academic program you intend to pursue.

* Completion of both courses equates to TMM002 Pre-Calculus.  

Enrollment Medical Requirements

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There are no specific medical requirements to fulfill before entering the University—for example, you are not required to have a physical examination; however, some colleges have specific medical requirements for students pursuing certain majors.

If you are a newly-enrolled Athens campus international student or an international student returning after an absence of two or more years, you will need to take a tuberculosis skin test through Campus Care on campus.

The University requires full–time students to have major medical insurance and offers an affordable plan for students and their dependents. Information on the insurance plan can be obtained by contacting Campus Care at 740.597.1816.

Application Deadlines

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Freshmen. If you are a high school senior applying for Athens campus fall semester, we recommend that you apply for admission and scholarships no later than December 1 of your senior year. Applications for other semesters are accepted up to one month before the semester begins. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website, or refer to the current Application for Admission for specific details.

You should arrange to take the SAT and/or the ACT by October of your senior year and request at the time of registration that scores be sent to OHIO so that they can be submitted with your application materials.

Some of Ohio University’s more competitive and popular programs meet their enrollment targets and close admission before the published deadlines. The University reserves the right to close admission to any of its programs without advance notice.

Transfer. The application deadlines are available at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/dates.cfm and are priority dates. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space–available basis. If you have applied by the stated application priority date and your transcripts are received after the transcript priority date, you still will receive consideration. Be sure to have your transcripts sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the registrar at each school you have attended.

International Application Priority Deadlines. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents should follow the deadlines at www.ohio.edu/admissions/apply/dates.cfm. We recommend that you submit all of your supporting materials, including transcripts, well before the application priority date to facilitate the review process, and, if admitted, to allow ample time to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Campus Visits

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The best way to learn about Ohio University is to visit our campus. You are encouraged to arrange a visit through Undergraduate Admissions, which offers information sessions and walking tours of the campus Monday through Friday and most Saturdays (except holidays and academic breaks).

Tour and information session times are available online at www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit. We ask that you make reservations for campus visits at least two weeks in advance for weekday visits and at least three weeks in advance for Saturday visits. Please be aware that the University observes several holidays throughout the year, during which Undergraduate Admissions will be closed.

If you would like to meet with a faculty member or college representative in your field of interest, you may contact the department directly. Appropriate departmental contact information is available online at www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit. (These appointments typically are available Monday through Friday only.)

To arrange a visit, you also may contact Undergraduate Admissions at 740.593.4100, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, schedule a visit online at www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit, or take an interactive campus tour by visiting www.ohio.edu/etour.