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Special admissions information for veterans

How to apply

  • Determine if you are applying as a freshman (you have taken no college courses after graduating high school) or a transfer student (you have taken college courses after high school).

  • If applying as a freshman, you must request your final high school transcript be sent to Ohio State directly from your high school. Read about this and other required application materials at apply.osu.edu.

  • If applying as a transfer with less than one year of college credit (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours), you must request your final high school transcript and all college transcripts be sent to Ohio State directly from those institutions. If you have more than one year of college credit, no high school transcript is required. Read about this and other required application materials at apply.osu.edu.

  • Students apply online at apply.osu.edu, where you can also find application deadlines and requirements.

Admissions criteria

Also read admissions criteria for freshmen or admissions criteria for transfer students.


What to cover in your essay

Freshman: Freshman applications must answer the required essay question on the Common Application just as other students do. In addition, veterans are encouraged to include a statement in the "Additional Information" section on the application that details their military service, including years served, rank attained, specialized training, responsibilities, supervisory experience, leadership and other recognitions. Veterans should explain how their military service has prepared them for The Ohio State University.

Transfer: The transfer application does not have a required essay. However, veterans are encouraged to include a statement in the "Personal Statement" section on the application that details their military service, including years served, rank attained, specialized training, responsibilities, supervisory experience, leadership and other recognitions. Veterans should explain how their military service has prepared them for The Ohio State University.


In-state tuition and expense help for veterans

Most veterans and their family members using education benefits should be able to attend at in-state rates through one of the following programs:

  • The State of Ohio passed the "GI Promise" bill further ensuring that, upon one year of service, military members (and their immediate family members) who retire or relocate to Ohio immediately qualify for in-state tuition. The bill also exempts military retirees from paying Ohio state income tax on their federal retired pay. Please see more at Ohio GI Promise.

    Under the new GI Bill, veterans who served after the 9/11 attack will receive benefits to cover the cost of in-state tuition at the most expensive public college, a monthly housing stipend and an extra $1,000 annually for books. If a veteran serves for at least 10 years and chooses not to use the benefit, they can transfer it to a spouse or children. Read about the GI Bill benefit program.

  • Ohio State is a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon program at the undergraduate level, which makes it easier for veterans to attend the university. Read about the Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program. This program also enables non-Ohio residents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill that are not covered under the GI Promise to attend at in-state rates. Please contact the Office of Military and Veterans Services at 614-247-VETS (8387) with any questions.

Dependent benefits

Your dependent, enrolled children may be eligible to pay Ohio resident tuition, even if you are not currently a resident of the State of Ohio. They may also be eligible to use your GI Bill benefits. Read about the Ohio GI Promise and GI Bill benefit program.


Transfer credits

  • You will learn which credits transfered with your notice of admission. For an estimate, go to transferology.com to identify courses at your current institution that would be most applicable for your intended major at Ohio State. This online resource can also help you determine which credits will transfer to Ohio State. (Information obtained via transferology.com is not a guarantee of transfer credit.)

  • 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 Ohio State's 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.

  • Military transfer credit will be accepted according to the American Council
    on Education’s recommendation, as listed on the Joint Services Transcript. Application of this credit is determined at the college level. Learn more about military transfer credit in accordance with ACE on page 9 of Ohio State's transfer credit policy.

For help and more information…

If you have questions about admissions, please email askaveteran@osu.edu (or see more ways to contact Undergraduate Admissions).

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