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How to Apply

Admission into the Honors Tutorial College is highly competitive. While students who show high aptitude in other areas may be considered, most HTC applicants have standardized test scores of about a 30 on the ACT or a comparable SAT score. If you choose to take either standardized test more than once, we will consider only your highest composite scores. HTC applicants should ideally be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

Freshman Admission

The early action deadline for the Honors Tutorial College is November 15. Complete applications received by Nov. 15 will receive priority consideration. You may apply to up to two HTC programs of study. Our process has four steps and includes a mandatory on-campus 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. Ohio University is a member of the Common Application. Students are encouraged to apply using the Common Application. Students applying using the Common Application will submit the three short essays in the Writing Supplement section.

Students who do not want to use the Common App, please visit our alternative online application. The HTC essay questions can be found in the HTC application supplement section of this application.


Transcripts and Test Scores. Applicants also must submit an official high school transcript and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). Ohio University prefers to receive standardized testing scores directly from the testing agency.

When you request an official transcript from your high school, please have it mailed to:
Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens, OH 45701


Additional Recommended Materials. All 36 programs of study strongly recommend two letters of recommendation by the November 15 early action deadline. Please mail letters (if you apply via the Common App, you may upload your letters) and other recommended materials to:

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
1 Ohio University 
Athens, OH 45701

Additional recommended materials are listed by program of study below. (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.) 


  • Biological Sciences: Applicants are encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one from a math or science teacher.
  • Business: Applicants are encouraged to submit one writing sample, preferably a research paper.
  • Communication Studies: Applicants are encouraged to submit one writing sample. The writing sample may be any paper from high school.
  • Dance: Submit a written essay on the significance of dance to your career objectives, along with two letters of recommendation, one from a dance instructor and one from an academic teacher or counselor. In addition, submit a writing sample from one of your academic courses of study (e.g., history, English, literature, science).
  • English: Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of the best paper you have written for an English class.
  • Film: Submit a portfolio of recent creative work and a recent substantive writing sample (creative writing projects fall into this category).
  • Journalism: Submit a writing portfolio including any samples of published work. Students who intend to study broadcast journalism are also encouraged to submit short video or audio clips in addition to the writing portfolio.
  • Media Arts and Studies: Applicants to the audio, video, and digital media sequences are encouraged to submit a portfolio of creative work and a recent substantive writing sample. Applicants to the media studies and management sequence need not submit a portfolio.
  • Political Science: Submit a copy of the best paper you have written for a social studies class.
  • Spanish: Applicants sare encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation that speak to your knowledge and use of the language and culture. In addition, submit samples of graded papers in Spanish with at least two pages of writing with teacher comments.
  • Studio Art: Applicants may submit their portfolio to Slideroom. Doing so will make the student eligible not only for admission to HTC Studio Art but for talent-based scholarships offered by the College of Fine Arts. Portfolios should include 10 images that document the student's best available works of art in any media. Video/audio clips are accepted also. For more information about Slideroom and consideration for School of Art + Design talent-based scholarships, visit


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 of Studies (faculty members responsible for administering each program of study) for further review. The Director of Studies 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 Interview Day

Because of the nature of a tutorial-education, an on-campus interview with Director(s) of Studies is required. There will be two interview days in mid January. Applicants will be assigned an interview date. Applicants interviewing in dance, music, or performance theater will audition on their interview day. For more information, visit our Interview Day page.


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. If you have any questions about the application process, please call the HTC office at (740) 593-2723 or email

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 email Please 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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