Ohio's Graduation Requirements

Although academic entrance requirements vary among colleges and universities, the Ohio's graduation requirements provide a rigorous high school course plan that will prepare you for admission to Ohio's colleges. These requirements apply to students in public schools, charter schools, and community schools.

In addition to your test scores and GPA, colleges look at what classes you take in high school. Ohio's requirements consist of high school courses in the core subjects of English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies that prepare you for the demands of a knowledge-based economy and strengthen the link between high school graduation and college entry.

Ohio's graduation requirements include a total of 20 credits in the following areas:

  • 4 units of English;
  • 4 units of math, including Algebra II or its equivalent;
  • 3 units of lab science, including physical science, biology, and one year selected from chemistry, physics, advanced biology, engineering science or biomedical science;
  • 3 units of social studies, including American history and American government;
  • 1/2 unit of health and 1/2 unit of physical education; and
  • a combination of 5 units to be chosen from among foreign language, fine arts, business, career technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, or courses in English, math, science, or social studies not otherwise required.

Ohio high school students must complete these requirements in order to earn their high school diploma.