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 Music — How to Apply.


Step 1:  Apply to The Ohio State University


The university application for academic year 20212022 is now CLOSED. Deadline  Feb. 1, 2021.

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

  • To be considered for most university merit scholarships, an early November deadline will apply. The deadline for November 2021 will be posted at a later date.


Step 2:  Apply to the School of Music

The School of Music application for academic year 20212022 is now CLOSED. If you would like to inquire about a possible extension, contact Admissions Coordinator Tanya Sparks at

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 two weeks prior to the chosen audition date.

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

Audition dates for admission for academic year 20222023 will be posted by June 2021.

If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled audition dates, you may choose to upload a video of your audition with 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

For the 2020–2021 audition season — when auditions will be conducted remotely — all students who have committed to attend Ohio State will take the Theory Placement Exam (TPE) prior to the start of their summer orientation in May. This exam is administered to determine whether a student’s prior study has sufficiently prepared them for Theory I, and will help to inform the scheduling process. The exam covers basic notation, scales, key signatures, rhythm and chords.

The TPE will be administered via Zoom. Students will receive details well in advance.

The result of this test does not have an impact on a student’s admission into the School of Music.