How To Apply — Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music

Academic admission to the university is separate from the School of Music application and audition process.

If you are applying for the Bachelor of Science in Music degree
(Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts or Media and Enterprise tracks), you must visit
BS in MusicApplication.


Step 1:  Apply to The Ohio State University

1. Review all university deadlines and requirements for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

  • Apply by November 1 if you wish to be considered for most university merit scholarships.
  • Visit Undergraduate Cost + Aid for more information on university financial aid and scholarships.

2. Visit Undergraduate Admissions to complete your university application.


Step 2:  Apply to the School of Music

1. Review our Undergraduate Degrees and Areas of Study

2. Apply to the School of Music via Acceptd® at the link below.

  • There is a $15 student application fee.
  • All applications should be submitted by January 25, or two weeks prior to the chosen audition date, whichever comes first.

3. As part of the application process, you will be asked to select an audition date.

Audition Dates for Academic Year 2021–2022

If you apply to the university by the November 1 early action deadline, we strongly encourage you to choose the December audition date so that your university admissions decision is not delayed. 

  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled audition dates, you may choose to either upload a video of your audition or request an alternative date – on weekdays only – in your School of Music application.

4. Refer to Audition Requirements for repertoire suggestions, requirements for your audition and instructions to create and upload a video if you cannot attend a live audition.

For more information about our audition days, including a sample schedule, visit Audition Day Information.


School of Music Scholarships

All talent-based music scholarships are made by faculty recommendation after your audition. These awards are separate and in addition to any merit-based or need-based scholarships that may be offered by the university.

Theory Placement Exam

All students will take a Theory Placement Exam (TPE) on the day of their live audition to determine if they are ready to enter Music Theory I. The exam covers basic notation, scales, key signatures, rhythm and chords.

For students who submit a video audition, the TPE is postponed until arrival on campus.

Please note, the results of your TPE will not affect your application to the School of Music.