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.

Early action deadline: November 1

  • The benefits of meeting the November 1 priority deadline are early notification (by mid-January) of our decision regarding your admission and first consideration for merit scholarships and Honors and Scholars Programs.

  • Applicants applying to the College of Engineering: Meeting the early action deadline is recommended; applications received after November 1 will be 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 will consider the best official composite/combined score from a single test administration. Ohio State does not mix sub-scores from multiple tests.

  • 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.

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