The Coalition Application

The Coalition Application is one of two ways to apply to Ohio State for freshman admission to the Columbus campus.

Ohio State is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a new application platform offered by a diverse group of more than 140 public and private U.S. colleges and universities. Every Coalition institution provides need-based financial aid or low-cost in-state tuition, and has a six-year graduation rate of at least 70%. Ohio State’s six-year graduation rate is 84%.

  • The Coalition Application allows students to enter personal information once that will populate the applicable sections of all their Coalition applications. Note that Ohio State also requires applicants to complete a number of Ohio State-specific supplemental questions.

  • The Coalition Application provides a free set of tools and guidance resources for students, counselors, community-based organizations, teachers and other mentors who assist with the process of applying to college.

  • The Coalition Application provides a private online space called the Locker, where students can collect and organize digital material that might help them prepare for their college search and application process. Only students have access to their Locker -- however, they can share individual items from it with counselors or mentors for feedback and guidance. Students can also choose to attach selected items from the Locker to individual college applications based on college preferences. College admissions officers will not see what a student stores in the Locker and will not have access to any materials in a student Locker other than those included with a college application.

Please note: Prospective students should not invite Ohio State admissions staff to collaborate on any items uploaded to the Locker, or invite them as a contact via the Coalition platform.

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

Create your account

Create your account as early as you’d like. You’ll need some basic profile information — like your name, date of birth and a valid email address. Note: Your email address will become your username and the Coalition App’s primary method of sending you updates and reminders, so make sure that you provide an email address that you check on a regular basis.

Application questions

Writing: Personal essay

Ohio State requires a personal statement essay in response to one of the prompts provided. If you'd like to work on your response before beginning your application, here's a list of this year's essay prompts.

Academics: Your planned major

To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read Undecided? if you're not sure what to major in.

Academics: Honors and Scholars Programs

To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program and respond to the H&S essay prompt. If you wish to apply for the Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship, you must indicate interest in the University Honors Program and complete the Eminence Application.

Academics: Morrill Scholarship Program

To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the Morrill Scholarship Program and respond to the MSP essay prompt. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement under Activities.

Academics: Opportunities beyond the undergraduate level

Ohio State offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.

Academics: Alternate campus (Ohio residents only)

If you are not admitted to the Columbus campus, you will have the option of starting your Ohio State degree at a regional campus and changing to Columbus later. If you don't select an alternate campus, you will be automatically admitted to one.

Ready to apply?

Come back on August 1 when the Coalition Application opens.

Read about the Common Application.

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