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School Counselor Resources

Building futures — one Bobcat at a time.

At Ohio University, we value the role that secondary-school counselors play in the college search and admission processes. Just as you strive to support and encourage your students in their next steps, our admissions advisors are here to do the same. We value the college search process at OHIO, because we know that finding the right community is the first step to forever.

Our goal is to be as helpful to you and your students as possible, and our website is designed to make it easier for you to find the tools and information you need.


Quick-links to some of the most commonly accessed sections of our website:

Connect with OHIO

There are multiple ways for you and your students to connect with OHIO. Come see us on campus in Athens or at our regional campuses for an in-person daily visit or special visit program, or connect with us online through one of our virtual visit opportunities, information sessions, or a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with an admissions advisor.

You can also check out our visit map to see when we're planning to attend a college fair near you (in-person or virtually). Note: Both the college fair schedule and OHIO representation are subject to change.

Testing Requirements

Ohio University has adopted a test-optional pathway for admission to the Athens campus for freshman applicants. All applicants, including test-optional applicants, will be eligible to be considered for University benefits, including direct admission to academic programs, merit-based scholarships, and honors and scholars programs. Applicants may submit test scores (ACT or SAT) if interested in having them considered.

OHIO's regional campuses have an open admission policy for high school graduates. Admission is based on an official transcript or equivalent. Standardized test scores (Accuplacer, ACT or SAT) are not required for admission but are required for placement. 


ACT: 3314
SAT: 1593

Athens: 003100
Chillicothe: 003102
Eastern: 003101
Lancaster: 003104
Southern: 003103
Zanesville: 003108

If you are unsure which campus you plan to attend, please list the Athens campus Federal School Code.

Fall Application Dates

For fall semester, Ohio University's Athens campus early action deadline is November 15. Early action is a nonbinding cycle that gives complete applicants priority consideration for direct entry to academic programs, merit scholarship programs and University honors experiences. The rolling admission deadline is February 1. Applicants who do not meet the early action deadline but who meet the rolling deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications are reviewed and OHIO admission decisions are released on a rolling basis.

The priority application deadline for Ohio University regional campuses is January 15.

Visit the dates and deadlines web page for a complete list of all dates and deadlines


Transcripts for applications to all of Ohio University's campuses are received and processed by Undergraduate Admissions on the Athens campus.

An official copy of the student's high school transcript must be sent directly from the high school guidance office to Undergraduate Admissions, Chubb Hall 120, 1 Ohio University Drive, Athens OH 45701. Undergraduate Admissions also has the capability to accept many electronic transcripts. For a complete list of accepted electronic formats, please call 740.593.4100.

Undergraduate Admissions also reserves the right to request first-term or first-semester grades from a student's senior year in order to make a more informed admission decision. Final transcripts are required post-high school graduation to finalize admission.

Optional Application Materials

Students may submit optional application materials, including standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, an essay or a statement of extra-curricular activities.

Honors Tutorial College Applicants

Students interested in the Honors Tutorial College (HTC) on the Ohio University Athens campus are encouraged to apply using the Common App. Applicants should plan to submit a list of activities, one or more letters of recommendation and two HTC-specific essays. The application priority date is November 15. For more information on applying to the Honors Tutorial College, visit the HTC website.

Need more information?

Contact our office by phone at 740.593.4100 or fax at 740.593.0560.

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