Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions for freshman applicants if you are (or will soon be) a high school graduate who has never enrolled at a college or university (don’t count college classes you may have taken in high school), and you are a U.S. resident.

If your immigration status has been deferred under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, read about DACA.

How do I submit scores?

Scores must come directly from the testing agency. When you register for the ACT or SAT, indicate that you want your scores sent to Ohio State. If you already took the test but didn't send your scores to Ohio State, you can order them for a fee. Order in advance to be sure scores reach us by the application deadline.

  • We must receive standardized test scores by your application deadline (either November 1 or February 1 for autumn semester applicants). Or, if you are competing for a merit scholarship, we must receive scores by the scholarship deadline.

Plan to test at least six weeks prior to deadlines to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State. September 9 (ACT) and October 7 (SAT) are your last 2017 test dates if you want your scores to reach Ohio State by our November 1 early action deadline.

  • Applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment are not required to submit scores.

Is the essay required?

The essay is not required for either the ACT or SAT.

Should I take a standardized test more than once?

Ohio State looks at the highest composite score from a single test date. Taking the test (and having scores sent to us) more than once, while not required, may work to your advantage.

Do I qualify for a test fee waiver?

If your family has economic need, talk to your school counselor to determine your eligibility for a fee waiver.

How does Ohio State look at scores?

When considering students for admission, scholarships, or Honors and Scholars selection, we consider the best official composite / combined score from a single test administration. Ohio State does not mix sub-scores from multiple tests or adjust scholarship values for higher test scores submitted after the scholarship’s published deadline.

November 1: Early action

What is early action?

We must receive your complete application (by that we mean your admission application and all required materials) by midnight (EST) on November 1 if you wish to be considered for most university merit scholarships (larger awards require additional steps). While not required, we strongly recommend meeting the November 1 deadline if you wish to be considered for:

By meeting the early action deadline, you’ll get an admission decision no later than mid-January.

February 1: Regular decision

February 1 by midnight (EST) is the final date by which we must receive your complete application. You’ll get an admission decision by the end of March.


Deadlines

Spring 2018

Autumn 2018

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Oct. 1, 2017

Early action: Nov. 1, 2017
Regular decision: Feb. 1, 2018

Priority date for financial aid
Financial aid step-by-step.

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 1, 2018

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

May 1, 2018

There are two ways to apply to Ohio State. Select the option that is right for you. Ohio State has no preference for which application you submit. Submit one -- and only one -- application per admissions cycle.

This application plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application. We must receive all items by the application deadline.

Coalition Application

Common Application

These items plus your admission application (STEP 3) make up a complete application. We must receive all items by the application deadline.

Official transcripts

High school transcripts

Request that your high school counselor send your high school transcript, including your senior year course schedule, to Ohio State (electronically, if possible).

University transcripts

If you took college courses while in high school, request that your college or university send official transcripts of your college course work. (Exception: You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.)

How to send university transcripts to Ohio State:

  • If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.

  • For other institutions, request electronic delivery if available to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, have your school email your transcript directly to esue-studugt@osu.edu.

  • If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646. Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official.

If this course work was completed at a school outside of the United States, note that foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.

Official ACT or SAT scores

How do I submit my scores?

We must receive your official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency. Scores from transcripts will not be considered. Read more about score requirements in STEP 1.

Optional: Recommendation from a teacher or counselor

Additional test scores

If English is not your native language, submit one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test

  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test


Don't forget financial aid

The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year, and filing by Ohio State’s priority date of February 1 will provide you maximum aid consideration. Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid.