Undergraduate Admissions

   
 
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Freshman admission

Admission criteria

Ohio State has a competitive admission process in which students are considered for admission based largely on their academic performance and credentials. All students are considered under competitive standards except Ohio residents applying to an Ohio State regional campus in Lima, Mansfield, Marion or Newark or to Ohio State ATI in Wooster.

Ohio State has a competitive admission process in which students are considered for admission based on their academic performance and other credentials, including

  • High school curriculum
  • High school performance (class rank, GPA)
  • ACT/SAT scores with writing (see more information about test scores below)
  • Accelerated curriculum (Honors, AP, IB)
  • Ability and desire to contribute to a diverse campus community
  • Leadership, co-curricular and work experiences
  • Competitiveness of high school
  • Status as a first-generation college student
  • Outstanding talent in a particular area
  • High school performance was adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
  • Eligible for and will benefit from organized support services at Ohio State

Additional requirements

Ohio State requires that you receive a diploma from a chartered high school or GED to enroll. Students attending Ohio State regional campuses must meet campus-change requirements to enroll at the Columbus campus. For information, please contact your academic advisor.


Submit a complete application by November 1

Meet Ohio State’s November 1 early action deadline (non-binding) to receive an admission decision by mid-January.

  • You must apply by November 1 if you wish to be considered for most university merit scholarships.
  • We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you wish to be considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program and Honors and Scholars Programs.
  • We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you wish to be considered for majors within the College of Engineering. After Nov. 1, applications are considered on a space-available basis.

Learn about early action and all deadlines and requirements at apply.osu.edu.

Important information about test scores

At Ohio State, we believe in the fundamental importance of effective writing. Strong writing skills are critical to success in college and beyond. We require that all applicants submit at least one ACT and/or SAT score set with writing exam scores. The writing score is used as part of a holistic review when considering admission applications. Writing scores do not factor into criteria for merit scholarships or selection for specific academic programs.

  • When considering students for admission, scholarships or Honors/Scholars selection, we consider the best official composite/combined score from a single test administration. Ohio State does not mix sub-scores from multiple tests or adjust scholarship values for higher test scores submitted after the scholarship’s published deadline (for most, this is November 1).
  • We must receive official scores, sent directly from the testing agency. Scores from transcripts will not be considered.
  • Ohio State’s college codes: ACT = 3312, SAT = 1592
  • We must receive test scores by the appropriate application and/or scholarship deadline. Students should plan to test at least six weeks prior to deadlines to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State.

Applying for the Morrill Scholarship Program 

To be considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program:

  1. We highly recommend that you submit the Common Application and all required materials (test scores, transcripts, application fee) by November 1.
  2. On the Common Application, indicate interest in MSP and respond to the MSP essay prompt.
  3. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement on the Activity List.

Applying for Honors and Scholars Programs 

To be considered for Honors and Scholars Programs:

  1. We highly recommend that you submit the Common Application and all required materials (test scores, transcripts, application fee) by November 1.
  2. On the Common Application, indicate interest in H&S, select Honors or Scholars as your first choice program, and respond to the H&S essay prompt.

After you’ve applied