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.

Check your application status

Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure your application is complete 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:

  1. On the left under Admissions, you’ll see a link to Application Status. Click that to view the status of your application.

  2. 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 admissions decision will appear in your Applicant Center. See decision terms in the callout on this page. Autumn term applicants: If you met Ohio State’s November 1 early action deadline, you will receive an admission decision by mid-January; otherwise, you will receive an admission decision by end of March. Spring term applicants: Admission decisions are released on a rolling basis.

There are two likely possibilities:

  1. Lag time: When transcripts, test scores, fees or other items are submitted to your Applicant Center, they must be processed and matched to your application. It can take from 1 to 10 days for us to complete this step. 

  2. Problem with an item: If we receive an item but it’s incorrect or insufficient, 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.

Once an item is processed, it will be marked “Complete” or it will no longer appear in the To Do List.
As long as an item is received by midnight (EST) of your deadline day, we will count it as being on time, even if we haven’t finished processing it.

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

Schedule a visit to the Columbus campus. Ohio residents can visit one of Ohio State’s regional campuses. If you aren’t able to visit in person, take a virtual tour of the Columbus campus!

Decision terms

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.