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Ohio University Admissions Information

Ohio University
Athens, OH (map)


Ohio University, founded in 1807, was the first institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory, and the first in the state of Ohio. Nestled in the scenic Hocking Hills region of the state, Ohio University is surrounded by the Wayne National Forest and several state parks  Offering 26 liberal arts majors, 54 career-related majors, 27 minors, and seven certificate programs, Ohio University's expansive breadth of courses and majors ensures that any student will find the right concentration. Numerous pre-professional and specialty majors, and great career services, best prepare students for job placement after graduation.  For students facing an undecided path of study, one of Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges, University College, provides one-on-one advising, recognized by the National Academic Advising Association and the American College Personnel Association, to help students make a more informed choice of major.

Ohio University prides itself on being a place where both learning and personal growth are key to a student's education. All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus in one of the school’s 42 residence halls, and with great programming and involvement by the Residential Assistants, Ohio University will quickly become a second home for its students. Besides a strong academic base, the school offers a multitude of other student activities. One of the largest campus recreational facilities in the country, three-story Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center houses five basketball courts, two indoor soccer and lacrosse fields, eight racquetball courts, an indoor track, a climbing wall, among many other fitness, game, and lounge rooms. About 11% of students join a fraternity or sorority, some are part of the Marching 110, the Ohio University Marching Band, while some play a varsity, intramural, or club sport. Getting off campus is no issue, either–uptown Athens with its jazz spots, shops, and restaurants is a short 10-minute walk from campus.



Basic Info

Main Address: 1 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone Number: (740) 593-1000  
Website: www.ohio.edu  


Type of school: Public  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 17,124  
Percent out-of-state: 9%  
Percent international: 3.56%  
Female to Male ratio: 54:46  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 19:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Zoology/Animal Biology
Health Professions
Parks and Recreation
Social Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Liberal Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated program
Distance learning
Double major
Dual enrollment
External degree
Honors program
Independent study
Liberal Arts Career Combo
Army/Air Force ROTC
Student Designed Major
Study abroad
Teacher certification

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for married students
Special housing for international students
Women's housing
Special housing for disabled students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Voted a Best Midwestern College
  • Ranked #1 in state of Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students
  • The first institution of higher learning in Northwest territory
  • Voted #2 Party Schools
  • Oldest public higher learning institution in Ohio

Admissions Information

Ohio University requires applicants to register with and create an account with ApplyWeb at http://www.applyweb.com/apply/ohiou/menu.html, where instructions and the online application is available. Applicants may also submit an essay, letters of recommendation, or a list of extra-curricular activities.

According to selecting officials, the most important factors contributing to admissions include the difficulty of the student's high school course load, and his or her subsequent GPA. Second to these factors are those including the applicant's standardized test scores, alumni relation, character, work experience, and demonstrated talents.

Admissions address: 120 Chubb Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone number: (740) 593-4100  
Fax number: (740) 593-0560  
Admissions Website: www.ohio.edu/admissions  
Email: admissions@ohio.edu  
Contact Person: Candace Boeninger, Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 13,666  
Percent of applicants admitted: 85%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 1st
December 1st (for Honors Tutorial College)
December 15th (for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and for School of Visual Communications)
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Ohio University-specific online application
Counselor Information Form
Standardized test scores
If applying to Honors Tutorial College, Honors Tutorial College Supplement required

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes - SAT or ACT (writing section recommended)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1593  
ACT code: 3314  
Learn more about other Ohio schools:
Oberlin   Miami University  

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