To apply for admission as a freshman or transfer student, the following items are required.
- Application form
- $70 international application processing fee
- Official academic records from every institution you have attended, with a certified or attested translation if the original document is not in English. (Official documents must be sent in envelopes sealed and stamped by the school, university, or college. We cannot accept scanned or faxed copies of your academic records.)
- Evidence of sufficient funding to support your educational and living expenses for a 9-month period. Learn more about the necessary amount on our Costs & Aid page. Your financial documentation must include one of the following:
- A letter from your sponsor confirming the amount of funding that will be provided and stating your relationship to the sponsor (an optional sample sponsor form is available but not required) and a letter or statement from your sponsor's bank confirming that the funding is available in an accessible account. The name on the bank document must match the sponsor letter and must be written in English.
- Alternately, if you will receive a government or other external scholarship, please provide proof of nomination of the award with your application packet.
- Statement of activities. If there has been a period of three months or longer during which you have not been enrolled in a degree program, please complete the "Activities" section of the application.
- Exams for scholarship consideration. For freshman merit scholarships SAT (school code 1593) or ACT (school code 3314) examination results must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Ohio University considers the Evidenced-based Reading and Writing scores from the SAT.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available. TOEFL and IELTS Exams should be taken within the last 12 months.
Official academic records must be submitted by mail, as outlined above, to:
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701 - USA
Optional materials, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and/or lists of extra-curricular interests and activities can be sent to the same address, or to firstname.lastname@example.org
English Proficiency Exams
All students must demonstrate English proficiency to be admitted to academic study. International students can demonstrate proficiency through one of the following:
Ohio Program of Intensive English
- Provide a recent TOEFL or IELTS score. See minimum requirements below. Only official TOEFL or IELTS score reports are accepted. IELTS reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL results should be sent electronically directly from the testing agency (school code 1593).
TOEFL or IELTS Requirements for most OHIO programs
TOEFL Paper: 520 (composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT): 68 (writing subscore of 17)
IELTS: 6.0 (no sub-score below 6.0)
TOEFL or IELTS requirements for the College of Business
TOEFL Paper: 550 (no sub-score below 5 and composition score of 5)
TOEFL Internet (IBT): 80 (no sub-score below 17)
IELTS: 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0)
- Complete at least three years in a high school in an English-speaking system, including three years of high school English (not ESL) courses with a grade of B or better.
- Submit an ACT composite score of 21 with 21 ACT English and 21 ACT Reading subscores.
- Submit a 1060 SAT Total with 540 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subscore.
- Have completed the equivalent of Ohio University's English 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I (Freshman Composition) with a grade of C or better. Course equivalency will be determined during the application process.
Students who do not submit evidence of meeting Ohio University's English proficiency requirements will be admitted to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. Upon reaching the required level of English proficiency for your college, students may apply to begin academic study. (Note: If you are applying for admission to an Ohio University academic program, do not apply separately to the Ohio Program of Intensive English. You will be tested when you arrive on campus and automatically placed in the appropriate level based on your test score.)