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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

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 academic standard, it is the school's policy to maintain an enrollment at a number that may be served effectively. Therefore, a limited number of transfer students are accepted each semester. This policy applies to both transfers from within Ohio University and transfers from other colleges and universities. NOTE: Students from other universities applying for admission to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism must also submit an OU application to OU's Office of Admissions by the deadlines listed below.

The school's transfer committee will evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Director and Associate Director, who make final decisions on transfer admissions. Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial. Students 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.

Requirements for consideration

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 in the last two semesters (or three quarters). NOTE: A 3.0 qualifies a student only for consideration and does not guarantee admission.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) at time of application deadline.

SUGGESTIONS: Students are encouraged to take journalism courses before applying for transfer (several courses do not have a prerequisite). Applicants are also encouraged to join journalism student organizations and work with publications and broadcast outlets (many of which do not mandate a journalism major). You can find links on the homepage.

Application Deadlines*

Transfer applications are accepted twice per academic year. Students are encouraged to attend a transfer workshop offered by the school each semester (information available in the school office, 223 Schoonover Center, 740-593-2539).

Spring ’20 deadline: Sept. 27, 2019 (5 pm)
Fall ’20 deadline: Feb. 14, 2020 (5 pm)

Workshops for students interested in transferring are Sept. 12 (5-6 pm) and Jan. 30 (5-6 pm) in Schoonover 233.

*Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Ohio University students applying to transfer into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism must include the following supporting materials typed, signed, dated, and submitted in a binder:

  1. A completed Application for Transfer form.
  2. An OU transcript (or a copy of a current DARS report) or an official copy of all transcripts from colleges or university previously attended.
  3. A current resume.
  4. At least two letters of recommendation from references best able to comment on the applicant's journalistic abilities (professors and/or employers). 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. Note: Recommendation letters should not be from high school teachers, administrators or guidance counselors.
  5. A 500-word written essay on the theme "Why I want to be a journalism major." Sign and date your essay.
  6. Examples of journalism work (not to exceed six samples). Sign and date each sample submitted.

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. Submit the completed application form 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
Visit the Ohio University site for undergraduate admissions