Bachelor of Science in Music — How to Apply


For Academic Year 2022–2023

Bachelor of Science in Music: Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts, and Media and Enterprise

NOTE — If you are applying for a degree program in Composition, Jazz Studies, Liberal Arts in Music, Music Education, Musicology, Performance or Theory, please RETURN to Undergraduates — How to Apply.

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

  • High school seniors should first apply to the university by visiting The Ohio State University Undergraduate Admissions website (link will be provided below in August).
  • Transfer students may proceed with their School of Music application and apply to the university before May 1 so that their autumn grades may be included.
  • All applicants: on your School of Music application for the Bachelor of Science degree, you will be asked to select one of the three tracks (Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts, Media and Enterprise).

NOTE: the Sonic Arts track will not be accepting applications for the 20222023 academic year.

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, using the link below, to complete your university application.

The university application for academic year 20222023 is OPEN.


Students applying to the BS in Music program who have also applied Early Action may not receive a University Admissions decision until late February.

Step 2:  Apply to the School of Music

1. Review the application materials that are required for each track of the Bachelor of Science in Music and have them prepared to upload prior to submitting your application.

NOTE: the Sonic Arts track is not accepting applications for the 20222023 academic year.

2. Apply to the School of Music via Acceptd®:

  • There is a $15 student application fee.
  • The final application deadline is February 1, unless you are also opting to perform an audition, in which case the application is due two weeks prior to your chosen audition date. NOTE — if you choose the optional virtual audition date of January 22, 2022, there is an additional $30 fee to use the AuditionRoom platform.
  • No late applications will be accepted.

The School of Music application through Acceptd® is OPEN.


Step 3 (Optional):  Schedule Your Audition

The audition process is an option for the Sonic Arts and Music and Enterprise tracks of the Bachelor of Science degree. It is required for the Computer Science track IF you do not submit a composition. See Required Application Materials.

NOTE: the Sonic Arts track is not accepting applications for the 20222023 academic year.

Taking an audition is required if you also wish to be considered for other degree programs within the School of Music (Performance, Music Education, Composition, Musicology, Bachelor of Arts in Music).

1. If you choose to perform a live audition, you will be asked to select an audition date as a part of the application process. Note that if you are unable to attend one of these dates and opt to submit a recorded audition with your application, the deadline is February 1.

Audition dates for the academic year 2022–2023 are:

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 — on campus (no cello auditions on this date)
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 — live virtual audition
    • If you choose this virtual audition date, there is an additional $30 fee to use the AuditionRoom platform.
    • Percussion or Jazz Drum Set applicants — If you choose this virtual audition you will be asked to upload a recorded audition video in advance as part of your application. This audition video will be used in lieu of a live performance audition, however you will still be scheduled for a virtual interview appointment on January 22 to be used as a chance to meet with faculty (no playing/instrument needed). Requirements for recorded video audition submissions are available at Audition Requirements.
  • Saturday, February 12, 2021 — on campus

2. You must prepare your audition according to the requirements for your instrument. Refer to Audition Requirements.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol for Auditions

Per University COVID-19 safety protocols, all faculty, students, staff and visitors to Ohio State campuses are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Additional protocols for visiting musicians — COVID-19 Policies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Musicians

Theory Placement Exam

The Theory Placement Exam (TPE) 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 on the audition day in person (or via Zoom if taking the January 22 virtual audition). 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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Visit these sites for information about merit-based or need-based scholarships that may be offered by the university.