Guidelines and General Information
Click on a link to be taken to the entry below.
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.
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens, OH 45701–2979
Admission Requirements and Procedures
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 denied admission may appeal the decision by sending a request for reconsideration to email@example.com. The message should be directed to the attention of the assistant vice president for enrollment management and executive 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 is available at on the Undergraduate Admissions website.
Note regarding high school transcripts*: Undergraduate Admissions will confirm that all students’ transcripts arrive securely from a chartered or accredited secondary school and will include a CEEB code, secondary school or school district seal and/or signature. If a transcript arrives from a school that lacks a CEEB code or a seal/signature, Undergraduate Admissions will confirm the school is recognized as either a chartered or accredited secondary school by the state department of education for domestic applicants or appropriate government agency for international applicants. Secondary school transcripts from an international school must be accompanied with a certified or attested translation if the original document is not in English. Undergraduate Admissions may request additional information, including a copy of the student’s diploma, at any point in the admission process for verification purposes. If a transcript or diploma is determined invalid, a General Education Development (GED) diploma or other recognized high school equivalent may be required for admission consideration.
*Addition to published Undergraduate Catalog 10/25/2021.
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 GED diploma, and 2) have not been enrolled for more than 9 semester hours (or more than 12 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 (such as College Credit Plus), you are still considered a freshman applicant with transfer credit.
You must have a high school diploma or successfully demonstrated attainment of a state-recognized high school equivalent 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 (GPA), and curriculum); optional 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:
- Four units of English, with an emphasis on composition
- Four units of mathematics (including algebra II or higher; precalculus is encouraged for prospective engineering or business majors)
- Three units of social sciences (including .5 unit of American history and .5 unit of American government)
- 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)
- Two units of foreign language
- One unit of visual or performing arts (art, band, chorus, music, orchestra, theater, etc.)
- Four units of other electives
Undergraduate Admissions may make exceptions to this program of study in light of overall academic preparedness.
Some academic programs have additional admission requirements. Please review the criteria for more selective programs on the Undergraduate Admissions website or refer to each college, department, school or program for specific requirements.
Home schooled students should visit the Home School Admission website or call Undergraduate Admissions for special procedures required of students who have pursued home schooling.
To apply, submit:
- A completed application for admission
- The nonrefundable application fee
- An official high school transcript (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from your high school) or GED diploma (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate state GED office, official testing center, or GED Testing Service)
If you choose to submit optional SAT or ACT scores, they must be submitted directly from the testing agency or from your high school. You can send other optional materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or lists of extracurricular interests and activities to the address above or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are or will be on a nonimmigrant visa, you should also review the international applicant section of this catalog page.
If you are financially disadvantaged, Undergraduate Admissions may waive the application fee 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, Undergraduate Admissions will notify those applicants who have submitted complete application materials of their admission status for fall semester. Undergraduate Admissions generally makes admission decisions and notifications on a rolling basis, unless otherwise specified.
Your letter of admission will specify if any special terms or conditions apply to your enrollment.
Following admission to the Athens campus, you will receive information about the next steps to enroll 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, 003110, at fafsa.gov), Required Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review form, and residence hall contract information and agreement instructions.
All admitted students must complete the Required Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review form to indicate whether they:
- Have been subject to formal disciplinary action (including for example, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion for academic or non-academic reasons at any high school, post-secondary institution, college or university);
- Or have been charged with or convicted of a crime that has not been expunged by a court.
A previous disciplinary action, charge or conviction does not automatically disqualify applicants from enrollment at Ohio University, but will be reviewed. This review will be conducted independently of the evaluation of academic eligibility for admission and will be shared only with Undergraduate Admissions or with other officials at Ohio University who have a need to know as part of the review process.
Because all freshmen are required to live in University housing, you should submit the $200 housing deposit or a housing exemption form for commuters (by May 1 if you are applying for fall semester) to confirm your enrollment. Failure to do so could result in cancellation or alteration of your admission offer. 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 will receive details about the required Bobcat Student Orientation program for new students, provided your Required Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History form has been cleared and your housing deposit or exemption request has been received.
Transfer Applicant. All campuses of Ohio University consider you 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 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 cumulative 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 necessitating approval 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 form and the nonrefundable application fee. You must also arrange for the registrar at each college or university you have attended to send official transcripts directly to Undergraduate Admissions. 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.
Space is typically available in University residence halls for Athens campus transfer students. After you earn 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 Residence 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 are 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 GPA in all completed college-level work.
To apply, you will need to submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, secondary school records, and records of any university-level work completed. Unofficial academic records may be submitted to receive an admissions decision. Official documents must be provided upon arrival to campus. We cannot accept scanned or faxed copies as official records. 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 the International How to Apply web page for specific information regarding the above items.
Evidence of English proficiency, such as a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, is required for full admission to an academic degree-seeking program. Alternative means of demonstrating proficiency are outlined on the International How to Apply web page. If you are unable to submit an official test score, or if your scores do not meet our English proficiency requirements, then you will be encouraged to apply to our Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) before entering academic coursework. English proficiency test scores should be no more than one year old, and must be sent from a testing agency. All means of study are contingent on federal guidelines and thus are subject to availability change.
Ohio University requires a TOEFL paper score of 520 (composition score of 5), TOEFL internet score of 68 (writing subscore of 17), IELTS score of 6.0 (no subscore below 5.5), or Duolingo score of 95 to be admitted to full–time academic classes. If your score is lower, you should expect to study in OPIE. More information can be found on the OPIE website.
SAT or ACT test scores are not required for undergraduate international admission or scholarship consideration. If you wish to provide test scores, they must be sent to Ohio University from the testing agency.
When you earn admission to the Athens campus or a regional campus program, and provide the required financial information, 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 applicants should apply online through the Undergraduate Admissions website, or may download a printable form. Printed forms should be mailed to:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens, OH, USA 45701–2979
Detailed instructions and applications are also available online through the International How to Apply web page.
Further information about services for international students is available from:
Office of International Student and Scholar Services
Walter International Education Center
15 Park Place
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens, OH, USA 45701–2979
Regional Applicant. Regional campuses have an open admission 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 (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) are not required for admission. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to apply as a regional campus student. You may also visit our regional campus website for more information on specific regional campus locations. See the Regional Higher Education section of this catalog for more information.
Dual Enrollment (College Credit Plus) Applicant. 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, College Credit Plus (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 MyOHIO 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 is 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, or ACCUPLACER scores that meet pre-defined thresholds. More information about remediation-free status is available on our Dual Enrollment website.
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 the Dual Enrollment website 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 below:
- CC+ application for admission and CC+ signature page, 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 ACCUPLACER Exam can be substituted on any regional campus).
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.
Ohio public and community schools administer the ACT to students in the spring term of their 11th grade year. ACT and the CollegeBoard provide registration fee waivers for economically disadvantaged students who are in the 11th and 12th grades. Please contact your school counselor for instructions on how to register for the assessments. Applicants who do not qualify for a registration fee waiver should contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss eligibility for a voucher.
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 on the Dual Enrollment website.
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.
Applications rarely are accepted after the posted application deadlines and only under extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the offices of Dual Enrollment Programs or Regional Higher Education.
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.
- Four academic school years (120 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grades 7, 8, and 9
- Three academic school years (90 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 10
- Two academic school years (60 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 11
- One academic school year (30 hrs), if the student enrolls for the first time in grade 12
CC+ students are not permitted to enroll and/or participate in any activity, course, or program that would require overnight experiences.
Additionally, CC+ students are not permitted to enroll in developmental courses or courses deemed outside the scope of the CC+ program.
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 Language Resource Center and Ping Recreation Center on the 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 cumulative GPA. At the time of the review, if a CC+ student does not have the required 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA, the student will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, the student’s cumulative 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 a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than the minimum GPA defined by hours earned:
Total Hours Earned Minimum Cumulative 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 cumulative 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 enrollment option A2 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.
School districts review the academic performance of students participating in the program and determine eligibility to continue at the end of each semester. The school districts review process does not supersede or replace Ohio University’s requirements to maintain eligibility described in the above section.
Re-enrolling Student. You are a 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.
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 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. The college in which you major will determine acceptance of such credit toward graduation requirements.
Relocating Student. You are a relocating student if you are currently attending one of Ohio University’s regional campuses and wish to attend the Athens campus. 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, submit a Notice of Relocation form.
Nondegree Applicant. You are considered a 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. 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:
- Applicants who have completed a high school education or its equivalent must submit a high school transcript showing the date of graduation or GED diploma.
- Nondegree applicants with prior college coursework or degree(s) must submit transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for nondegree purposes only.
Undergraduate Admissions must receive the application and all supplemental materials no later than two weeks 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.
To be considered for degree-seeking status, students 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 on the Printable Application Forms web page. ACT and SAT scores are not required.
Applicants who wish to be considered as nondegree students must submit all required application materials two weeks prior to the start of the term. Applicants who have completed a high school education or its equivalent must submit a high school transcript showing the date of graduation or GED diploma. 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 an application form available on the Printable Application Forms web page.
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. Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy dictates that graduates with associate’s degrees from Ohio’s public institutions of higher education and a completed, approved Ohio Transfer 36 module of general education requirements 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’s degree and other transfer students with transferable and/or articulated college credit.
The Policy further clarifies that:
- Associate’s degree holders who have not completed the Ohio Transfer 36 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.
- 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.
- Students who have not earned an associate’s 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.
- Incoming transfer students admitted to Ohio University shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with native students.
Admission to Ohio University, however, does not guarantee a transfer student admission 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 based on the number of credits earned. Transfer students must complete all residency requirements.
Transfer Probation. Applicants whose cumulative GPA on coursework completed at other postsecondary institutions is below 2.0 can, in some cases, be considered for admission to an Ohio University campus under “Transfer Probation” status.
A transfer student must provide all required documentation for admission, including official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions attended, to the Ohio University official responsible for approving transfer probation admission before receiving a decision. 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.
Final approval for admission is granted by University College. Successful transfer probation applicants will be admitted as an undecided major in University College.
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:
- They have never been dismissed from a postsecondary institution;
- They have been dismissed from a postsecondary institution only once and at least 12 months have elapsed since that dismissal; or
- 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.
A combined 2.0 cumulative GPA 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 GPA 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 GPA 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 cumulative GPA 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
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 the Transfer Your Credits web page or contact:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens OH 45701–2979
Advanced Placement (AP). The State of Ohio, working with public institutions of higher education, 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. State policy includes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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). The State of Ohio, working with public institutions of higher education, has developed policies to recognize students’ prior learning and to facilitate the articulation and guaranteed transfer of such learning between Ohio’s public colleges and universities. State policy includes that college credit is guaranteed for students who achieve an established College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test score for exams that have been endorsed statewide as college level.
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 or the College Board website.
International Baccalaureate (IB). The State of Ohio has developed a policy granting course credit to a student who has successfully completed an International Baccalaureate diploma program. 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.
Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level (A-Level). Students who have successfully completed Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Levels (A-Levels) in a British-based curriculum may receive credit based on their exam results. Ohio University considers awarding up to eight semester hours of credit for each A-level examination with a grade of D or higher. Up to four semester hours of credit may be considered for Advanced Subsidiary exams on a course-by-course basis. An official score report and copy of the exam syllabi are required to consider credit transfer.
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. For further information, contact Undergraduate Admissions.
Excelsior College Examinations (ECE). Ohio University will award credit for nursing-based Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) where a grade of C or above is earned. In order to receive credit the student must be enrolled in one of OHIO’s degree-seeking 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.
Prior Learning Assessment and Course Credit by Examination. You also may be able to earn credit without attending formal classes through two opportunities offered through OHIO’s Office of Instructional Innovation. Prior learning assessment (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. Prior learning 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 the Prior Learning Assessment Program website. (See also OHIO online information in the catalog.)
Credit for Armed Forces Courses. Some courses, training, and experience provided by the armed forces may earn college credit. Ohio University makes determinations related to credit for military service based on statewide Military Transfer Assurance Guides (see Military Transfer Assurance Guides information in the catalog) and the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. 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 (JST); Air Force veterans must submit a Community College of the Air Force transcript. In some cases, education through Department of Defense schools may not appear on an official military course. Additional alignments for military experience is articulated through Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs).
State policy requires public institutions of higher education to 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.
For additional information, or for instructions for personnel who served before October 1, 1981, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 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
Acceptance and Application 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 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 institutions of higher education that are accredited by regional accrediting commissions that have been recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 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.
The sending 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.
The Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network outlines the following policies for the transfer of credit among Ohio public institutions of higher education:
- 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 also receive credit for all college-level courses they passed.
- 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).
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’s 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.
Remedial courses and English courses taught in non-Anglophone countries are not transferable.
Grades in the Transfer Process. Effective summer term 2010-2011, 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 System (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 2010-2011, 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-assisted institution located in Ohio through pass/fail options, credit by examination, prior learning assessment, 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 Higher 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 entry below) or the One Year Option (see One Year Option Credit Award entry below).
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.
Students are 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.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education recommends students 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, a student may further appeal through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. If a 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.
Ohio Transfer 36. The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Articulation and Transfer Policy established the Ohio Transfer 36 (formerly 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’s degree programs may complete some individual Ohio Transfer 36 courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire Transfer Module.
The Ohio Transfer 36 contains 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum of 3 semester or hours); mathematics, statistics and logic (minimum of 3 semester hours); arts and humanities (minimum of 6 semester or hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum of 6 semester 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 36.
Courses for Ohio Transfer 36 should be 1000-level or 2000-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 36.
Ohio Transfer 36 course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Ohio Transfer 36 course(s) or the full Ohio Transfer 36 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 36 at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Ohio Transfer 36 portion of Institution R’s general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Ohio Transfer 36. The Ohio Transfer and Articulation policy additionally codifies that non-equivalent courses which were used to satisfy the general education requirements at the receiving institution may be applied toward the general education requirements at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Students who complete the minimum requirements of the Ohio Transfer 36 at another college or university prior to enrollment in a degree-seeking program at Ohio University will receive transfer credit equivalent to fulfilling Ohio University’s BRICKS general education requirements in Foundations (excluding the Advanced Writing component, which requires completion of TME 002 Second Writing), Pillars, and Arches.
Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements specified by colleges, degrees, or programs. For example, a student who transfers a TME 002 Second Writing course is said to have completed Advanced Writing for Ohio University’s general education program. However, colleges, degrees, or programs may require students to complete an additional Advanced Writing course specified by college, degree, or program requirements.
State policy initially required that all courses in the Ohio Transfer 36 be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Ohio Transfer 36 courses on a course-by-course basis.
When the sending institution has not posted completion of the Ohio Transfer 36 on the student’s transcript, Ohio Transfer 36 courses will apply toward general education requirement on a course-by-course basis. Individual Ohio Transfer 36 courses completed at state-supported institutions located in Ohio that meet state guaranteed equivalences for the Ohio Transfer 36 areas of distribution yet have no course equivalency at Ohio University shall transfer as meeting select requirements for Ohio University’s general education (BRICKS) requirements as follows:
Ohio Transfer 36 to BRICKS Conversion Table
Ohio Transfer 36 Category
TME 001 First Writing
TME 002 Second Writing
TMOC Oral Communication
Speaking & Listening
TMMSL Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic
TMAH Arts and Humanities
Humanities: Arts (OR)
Humanities: Texts and Contexts
TMSBS Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social or Behavioral Sciences
TMNS Natural Sciences
Ohio University agrees to work with students on an individual basis to ensure general education requirements are satisfied. Students who have been advised and are on track to complete one of OHIO’s articulated pathways can discuss the application of their transfer credit and possible course exceptions by contacting their academic college’s Student Services Center.
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. For more information, please refer to the “Appeals Process” section above.
Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs). The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Articulation and Transfer Policy governs Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs). TAGs comprise Ohio Transfer 36 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 (CTAGs). 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 that 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, the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Transfer and Articulation policy provides that 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.
Apprenticeship Pathway Programs. The statewide 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’s degree. Each agreement simplifies student advising by outlining how apprenticeship training in a certain pathway applies to an applied associate’s degree and lists remaining courses required to complete the degree. The application of the credit toward a technical associate’s degree in these agreements is guaranteed at the participating receiving institutions.
One-Year Option Credit Award. The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Articulation and Transfer Policy established criteria for awarding credit through the One-Year Option initiative. 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’s 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 (ATS) degree 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 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 the Transfer Your Credits web page or contact:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens OH 45701–2979
Ohio Transfer 36 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:
A minimum of three semester hours of English composition by completing one of the following courses:
English: ENG 1510 , 2800
- A minimum of three hours of mathematics or quantitative skills from the following courses:
Economics: ECON 2890
Mathematics: MATH 1060 , 1200 , 1250 , 1300 , both 1321 and 1322 , 1322 , 1350 , 2301 , 2302
Philosophy: PHIL 1200
Psychology: PSY 1110
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 , 1120 , 1130
Art History: AH 2110 , 2130
Classics and Religious Studies: CARS 2180 , 2300 , 2310 , 2440
English: ENG 2010 , 2020 , 2200 , 2320
Film: FILM 2010 , 2030
History: HIST 1210 , 1220 , 2200 , 2220 , 2300 , 2500 , 2530 , 2540 , 2755
Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170
Interdisciplinary Arts: IART 1170 , 1180
Integrated Healthcare Studies: IHS 2210 , 2190
Music: MUS 1240 , 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 , 2400 , 2700
Classics and Religious Studies: CARS 2010
Economics: ECON 1000 , 1030 , 1040 , 2020 , 2300 , 2600 , 2700
Engineering and Technology: ET 2905
Geography: GEOG 1200 , 1300 , 1310 , 2400 , 2500
History: HIST 1320 , 1330 , 2000 , 2010 , 2905
Integrated Healthcare Studies: IHS 2210 , 2190
International Studies: INST 1100 , 1400 , 1600
Modern Languages: ML 2701
Political Science: POLS 1010 , 1500 , 2200 , 2300 , 2500 , 2700
Psychology: PSY 1010 , 2510
Sociology: SOC 1000 , 2000 , 2100 , 2200 , 2300 , 2310 , 2610
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:
Anthropology: ANTH 2010
Biology: BIOL 1010
Biological Sciences: BIOS 1000 , 1030 , 1300 , 1310 , 1700 , 1705 , 1710 , 2010 , 2210 , 2250 , 2750
Chemistry: CHEM 1010 , 1210 , 1220 , 1510 , 1520
Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 1000 , 1030 , 2050
Geography: GEOG 1100
Geological Sciences: GEOL 1010 , 1200 , 1300 , 1350 , 1400 , 1700 , 2080 , 2110 , 2150 , 2210 , 2310
Physics: PHYS 2001 , 2002 , 2051 , 2052 , 2054
Physical Science: PSC 1000 , 1001 , 1010 , 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.
Enrollment Medical Requirements
All students are expected to comply with President Health Directive per Policy 44.102.
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 740.592.7100.
Freshmen. If you are a high school senior applying for Athens campus fall semester the early action deadline is November 15, and the rolling admission deadline is February 1. Applications for other semesters are accepted up to one month before the semester begins. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Dates and Deadlines, or refer to the current Application for Admission for specific details.
Ohio University has adopted a test-optional pathway for admission to the Athens campus for applicants. We created a test-optional pathway to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe providing that pathway to our future applicants is simply the right thing to do. Removing the requirement to submit standard test results (ACT or SAT) means eliminating a barrier for students and supports our mission to expand access to higher education without negatively impacting academic quality or student success outcomes.
All applicants, including test-optional applicants, will be eligible to be considered for University benefits, including direct admission to academic programs, merit-based scholarship, and honors and scholars programs.
Applicants may submit test scores (ACT or SAT) if interested in having them considered. Ohio University will adjust internal processes appropriately to ensure no student is harmed in admission selection if they do not submit a test score.
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. Application deadlines for transfer students 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. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should follow the deadlines for international students. 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.
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.
Campus visit schedules, including visits with academic departments, are available online. Please make reservations for campus visits at least two weeks in advance. Please be aware that the University observes several holidays throughout the year, during which Undergraduate Admissions is closed.
To arrange a visit, you also may contact Undergraduate Admissions at 740.593.4100, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, schedule a visit online, or take an interactive campus tour.
In addition to in-person campus visits, Ohio University offers a variety of virtual visit opportunities.