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The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism admits freshmen, transfer students (from other departments at Ohio University as well as from other universities) and graduate students (masters and doctoral). In addition, students may be admitted into Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College to study journalism.

Freshman Admissions

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism strives to admit the best academically and professionally qualified freshmen. The school considers the following criteria in granting admission:

  • Strength of high school curriculum
  • Performance in high school curriculum
  • High school class rank (if your class ranks)
  • High school grade point average
  • ACT and/or SAT scores

NOTE: Students demonstrating notable talent or experience, as well as applicants from historically underrepresented populations, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to include in their application essay information about all media-related experience, as well as participation in the school's High School Journalism Workshop, if applicable.

The middle 50%* of the school's admitted freshman class for the fall of 2014:

  • High school class rank: top 11-37%
  • ACT composite scores: 24-28
  • SAT composite scores (Math + Critical Reading): 1100-1250
  • High school grade point average: 3.66 (4.0 scale)
Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for the online application.


Students who are admitted into Ohio University but not accepted into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism may appeal this decision by submitting additional materials. Read more about the appeal process.

*Instead of reporting minimum test scores and GPA requirements, we report the middle 50% range to give a more accurate picture of the students who we are admitting. Realize there also are students admitted in the top 25% with higher scores and admitted students in the lower 25% with lower scores. See the university-wide profile for comparison.

Transfer Admissions

A limited number of transfer students are accepted each semester. The faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is dedicated to quality instruction in preparing students for a career in the journalism disciplines. To provide this quality of instruction, the school's policy is to maintain an enrollment at a number that may be served effectively by its faculty. The Policy on Transfer Students is a means by which the school can maintain its academic quality. The policy applies to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University as well as from other colleges and universities.

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism encourages students interested in transferring to attend one of the transfer workshops offered by the school each semester. Information about date and place of workshops is available in the school office.

Students are encouraged to take journalism courses before applying for transfer. There are several that do not have a prerequisite. Students are also encouraged to join journalism student organizations and work with publications and broadcast outlets. You can find links at the top of the homepage. For most you do not need to be a major to get involved.

Applications for transfer are taken twice per academic year. The deadline of 5 p.m. September 28 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for spring semester. The deadline of 5 p.m. February 15 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for the following fall semester. Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial.

The school's transfer committee will evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Director and Associate Director. The school's Director and Associate Director will make final decisions on transfer admissions.

Students who are denied admission must wait one year (from the time the application was submitted) to re-apply. Applications will not be carried over to the next year. Re-application is necessary.

Transfer Application Deadlines:

September 28, 2017 for Spring, 2017-18
February 15, 2018 for Fall, 2018-19

Requirements for Consideration:

Transfer applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 in the last two semesters (or three quarters) to be considered for admission. Please note that a 3.0 qualifies a student only for consideration and does not guarantee admission. Transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) by the time of application.

Application Procedure:

  1. Fill out the JSchool's transfer application form.
    1. Ohio University students applying to transfer into the School of Journalism need to include with the transfer application an OU transcript or a copy of a current DARS report, and a current resume.
    2. Students from other universities applying for admission to the School of Journalism also must complete an OU application and return it with an official copy of all transcripts from colleges or university previously attended to OU's Office of Admissions by the same deadlines listed above.
  2. All applicants must include at least two letters of recommendation from references (from professors and/or employers) best able to comment on the applicant's journalistic abilities. Recommendation letters are an important part of the transfer committee's deliberations. Applicants who do not include at least two letters will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the student, then placed (still in the sealed envelope) in his/her portfolio. Ask the recommender to sign across the seal of the envelope. Please note: recommendation letters should not be from high school teachers, administrators or guidance counselors.
  3. All applicants must complete a 500-word written essay on the theme "Why I want to be a journalism major." Please sign and date your essay.
  4. The transfer committee recommends that applicants submit examples of journalism work not to exceed six samples. Please sign and date each sample submitted.
  5. Any application that is incomplete will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his or her transfer packet is complete.
  6. The application and all supporting materials must be typed, signed, dated, and submitted in a binder. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications should be delivered to 223 Schoonover Center or mailed to:

    Julie Conrad
    E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
    223 Schoonover Center
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH 45701-2979

NOTE: This policy is effective as of April 22, 2008

HTC Admissions

HTC Application Deadline is December 1, 2014 for Fall 2015

Generally, to be considered for acceptance into the Honors Tutorial College, students must be in the upper 10% of their high school class.

The selection process includes an essay and interviews with the director of studies of the School of Journalism and the dean or assistant dean of the Honors Tutorial College. Typically, between 5-8 students are admitted each year into the Honors Tutorial Program in the School of Journalism. NOTE: Deadline for applications for the Honors Tutorial College is Dec. 1

Bernhard Debatin

Bernhard Debatin


Cary Frith

Carey Frith, Assistant Dean

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701

More information about the Honors Tutorial College
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