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How to Apply

Admission into the Honors Tutorial College is highly competitive. Application review is based on a combination of standardized test scores, competitive performance in a rigorous high school curriculum, essay responses, and an interview. 

Freshman Admission

The early action deadline for the Honors Tutorial College is November 15. Complete applications received by Nov. 15 will receive priority consideration. Applications will be considered after November 15 on a program-by-program basis. You may apply to up to two HTC programs of study. Our process has four steps and includes a mandatory interview. Note: All HTC applicants are automatically considered for admission into the corresponding non-honors major at Ohio University.


Step One: Prepare and Submit an Application

Application and HTC Essay Questions. 
Students are encouraged to apply using the Common Application. Applicants should plan to submit a list of activities, one or more letters of recommendation, and three essays found on the OHIO Honors and Scholars section of the Common App. Students who are learning about HTC after they've already submitted an applicaton can follow instructions for applying to HTC on the Undergraduate Admissions website.


Transcripts and Test Scores. 
Applicants also must submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) and request their high school send an official high school transcript to Undergraduate Admissions. Ohio University prefers to receive standardized testing scores directly from the testing agency. ACT or SAT scores are not required for international applicants, though they must be all requirements in the Undergraduate Admissions process for international students


Additional Strongly Recommended Materials.

Please do not send original artwork or other “one-of-a-kind” materials. Because of the number of applications received, it will not be possible to return your materials.) Materials can be submitted to with "HTC Materials" in the subject line.


  • Biological Sciences: Applicants may submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a math or science teacher.
  • Business: Applicants may submit one writing sample, preferably a research paper.
  • Chemistry: Applicants may submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a math or science teacher.
  • Communication Studies: Applicants may submit one writing sample, which may be any paper from high school.
  • Dance: Applicants may submit a written essay on the significance of dance to the applicant’s career objectives, along with two letters of recommendation, one from a dance instructor and one from an academic teacher or counselor. Writing samples from academic coursework are also encouraged.
  • English: Applicants may submit a copy of an essay written for an English class, which analyzes a literary work. If possible, the essay should incorporate secondary sources (but this is not essential). Applicants interested in creative writing may also submit a short sample of creative work.
  • Film: Applicants must submit at least one of the following items: a personal statement, a short essay, a link to your relevant work(s), an original screenplay, or a creative resume
  • Journalism: Applicants may submit a writing portfolio including at least three samples of published work. Students who intend to study broadcast and/or multimedia journalism are also encouraged to submit short video or audio clips in addition to the writing portfolio.
  • Media Arts and Studies: Applicants interested in integrated media (narrative video), music production and recording industry, screenwriting and producing, games and animation, or media and social change may submit a portfolio of work that may include creative or written work. Students have the option to e-mail the portfolio or submit a link to their online portfolio. 
  • Neuroscience: Applicants may submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a math or science teacher.
  • Spanish: Applicants may submit two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s knowledge and use of the language and culture. Samples of graded papers in Spanish with at least two pages of writing with teacher comments are also welcome.
  • Studio Art: Applicants may submit their portfolio via Slideroom.
  • Theater: Applicants may submit a copy of a paper written for an English or social studies class.


Step Two: HTC Reviews Application

Complete applications received by November 15 will be reviewed by HTC to determine whether the application will be forwarded to the Director(s) of Study (faculty members responsible for administering each program of study) for further review. The Director of Study for each program will select candidates for required on-campus interviews. Interview invitations will be mailed in late December. Applicants who do not receive an invitation to interview for an HTC program automatically will be reviewed for admission to the appropriate college.


Step Three: Attend OHIO Honors and Scholars Selection Day

Due to of the nature of a tutorial-education, an on-campus interview with Director(s) of Study is required. Interviews typically take place on two weekends in late January. Alternative interview accommodations can be made for international students who are unable to travel to campus. 


Step Four: HTC Sends Admission Offers

After interviews are completed, offers of admission will be sent to selected applicants by mid-February. Interviewees who are not offered admission to an HTC program will be reviewed for admission to the appropriate college.

Transfer Admission

Students are not usually considered for transfer into the Honors Tutorial College beyond the first semester of their sophomore year. In most of our programs of study, transfer applicants should apply by November 15. If accepted, applicants enter the college in January. In some of our programs, freshman may apply in April. If accepted, April applicants enter the college in August. Interested transfer students should contact the college office for guidance at 740. 593.2723 or note that HTC programs of study are small, and transfer admission is dependent on program capacity.


Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential of self-motivated study and research. Portfolios are evaluated on their technical facility, conceptal and aesthetic intregrity, and evidence of experimentation. 


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