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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.

Three primary factors are considered in the competitive admission process:

  1. Successful completion of the college preparatory curriculum while in high school.
  2. Performance in high school as shown by class rank or grade point average.

  3. Performance on the ACT or SAT (see Important information about test scores).

Additional consideration may be given if:

  • you attend a competitive high school
  • you have taken accelerated courses (e.g., honors, AP, IB)
  • you are a first-generation college student
  • you provide cultural, economic, racial or geographic diversity
  • you demonstrated outstanding talent in a particular area
  • you have been involved in extracurricular activities, had significant work experience or held leadership positions
  • your high school performance was adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
  • you are 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.

Application deadlines and requirements

Autumn semester applicants to the Columbus campus may apply by November 1 for priority consideration for merit scholarships and Honors and Scholars Programs and for early action. The benefit of early action is earlier notification of our decision regarding your admission. 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.

After you’ve applied


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