Undergraduate Admissions


Transfer admission

Admission criteria

Your academic record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for admission to the university. Once it is determined that you are admissible, you will be considered for enrollment in the college of your intended major (read about college enrollment criteria).

These non-academic factors may also be considered:

  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
  • Leadership, co-curricular and work experiences
  • Status as a first-generation college student
  • Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area
  • High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
  • Eligibility for and likelihood of benefiting from organized support services at Ohio State

Admission to the university

Applying to the Columbus campus

Your academic record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for admission to the university. All transfer students applying to the Columbus campus must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • University transcripts from each university attended (sent directly from the university)

If you have fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the time of
applying, you must also submit the following:

  • High school transcripts (sent directly from the high school)
  • Official ACT/SAT scores, sent directly from the testing agency. (Test scores are not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago.)
  • What about the new SAT?

    You may have heard about a new SAT exam coming in March 2016.

    If you're applying for a term before autumn 2017, you don't have to worry about the new exam and should continue to follow our current admissions requirements.

    If you're applying for the autumn 2017, summer 2017 or spring 2018 term, Ohio State will accept scores from either the current or new SAT. The essay for either version will not be required.

Applying to a regional campus

If you have earned at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on your college course work, we will review your academic performance in college to determine your eligibility for admission.

Additional requirements

  • Ohio State requires that you receive a diploma from a chartered high school or GED to enroll.
  • If you have completed any course work at a school outside of the United States, you must submit an official transcript from that institution. Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language.

Application deadlines and requirements

Visit apply.osu.edu to see deadlines and learn what materials are required with your application.

Will my credit transfer to Ohio State?

Course credit will transfer to Ohio State if the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution, the course was non-remedial and you received a C- or better (in a few cases, a D or D+ may transfer; download Transfer Credit Policy, page 7 for information). In many cases, credit for equivalent courses is received when transfer credit is awarded. Visit transferology.com for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.

After you’ve applied

What if I am a campus-change student?
If you are changing from one Ohio State campus to another, talk to your academic advisor about what steps to take. Visit campuschange.osu.edu for more information.

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