After you apply
Activate your username and password
Within 1 to 5 days of applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will include your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).
Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.
Follow the instructions in the email to activate your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center where you can check on the status of your application.
- If you have problems activating, contact our IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or email@example.com.
Check your application status
Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure we receive your required application materials by the deadline. Log in to your Applicant Center to check the status of your application and all requirements.
Applicant Center FAQ
Log in to your Applicant Center. Once you’re logged in, look for two things:
On the left under Admissions, you’ll see a link to Application Status. Click that to view the status of your application.
On the right, you’ll see a section called To Do List. If there are items listed there, click “More” for all available details, including any follow-up comments from Undergraduate Admissions.
Your decision will first be posted in your Applicant Center, so keep an eye on that for the most up-to-date information. See decision terms in the callout on this page.
Autumn term applicants: If you met Ohio State’s early action deadline, you will receive an admission decision by the end of January; otherwise, you will receive an admission decision by end of March.
Spring term applicants: Admission decisions are released on a rolling basis 10-12 weeks after your application is complete.
There are two likely possibilities:
Lag time: When transcripts, test scores, fees or other items are submitted, they must be processed and matched to your application. It can take from 1 to 10 days for us to complete this step.
Problem with an item: If we receive an item but it does not meet our requirements, we will add a “Comment” to your Applicant Center telling you what we need. You can find the comment by logging in and clicking the “More” link in the To Do List.
If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and Ohio State's Special Scholarships Application
Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Check out this helpful financial aid Apply Checklist.
Come for a visit
Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about specific college enrollment and next steps is on the way.
Defer: We have not yet made a final decision. Following the application deadline, deferred applications will be reviewed a second time, giving particular consideration to academic performance, competitiveness of the applicant pool and available space.
Options for Ohio Residents: While you are not admitted to the Columbus campus, you have a great alternative: to begin your Ohio State
degree at one of Ohio State’s regional campuses (if you didn't choose an alternate campus when you applied, you'll be automatically admitted to one). Or, you may apply
again later as a transfer student.
Denial for Nonresidents: You have not been selected for admission. You may apply again later as a transfer student.