Enrollment in your intended major

Freshman enrollment criteria

Once it is determined that you are eligible for admission to the university, your academic record is reviewed for enrollment in your major program. Some colleges and schools have requirements that are more rigorous than university admission criteria in terms of class rank and test scores.

If you are admitted to the university but not yet eligible for direct enrollment in your major of interest:

  • You will begin your studies in either a pre-major program in your intended college or in University Exploration.

  • Your academic advisor will assist you in meeting your general education requirements and advise you on completing appropriate prerequisites for your intended major.

  • Enrollment in a pre-major program or University Exploration does not guarantee enrollment in your major of interest. In the event that you are not admitted to your intended major, your advisor will work with you to find an alternative that meets your academic goals. With so many majors, Ohio State can offer a variety of pathways to most fields of study.

  • All criteria and standards are subject to change.

Criteria by college and school

Architecture, Knowlton School (AHR)

knowlton.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll in the major.

Arts and Sciences, College of (ASC)

artsandsciences.osu.edu

Arts

Admitted students enroll as follows: art education and design students enroll as pre-majors. Art and art management students enroll in the major. History of art and theatre students meet with an advisor to establish their enrollment status. Dance and music students enroll in the major following a successful audition.

  • Programs with an audition or portfolio requirement are highly competitive.

  • Dance department auditions are conducted two times a year: fall and winter. For music department auditions, students in Ohio audition in person and those unable to audition in person must submit a tape, video or CD, which will be followed up by an in-person audition upon arrival on campus.

Humanities

Admitted students enroll in the major.

Natural and mathematical sciences

Admitted students enroll in the major, except for those in actuarial science, computer and information science, and data analytics, who enroll as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Social and behavioral sciences

Admitted students enroll in the major, except for those in communication, international studies, journalism and neuroscience, who enroll as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Business, Fisher College of (BUS)

fisher.osu.edu

Please visit fisher.osu.edu/undergraduate/admissions.

Dental Hygiene, Division of (DHY)

dentistry.osu.edu/dhy

Admitted students enroll in dental hygiene as pre-majors.

Admission to the dental hygiene major is competitive, and enrollment in the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Education and Human Ecology, College of (EHE)

ehe.osu.edu

Admitted students interested in Child and Youth Studies, Consumer and Family Financial Services, Hospitality Management, Human Development and Family Science, or Fashion and Retail Studies directly enroll in the major.  All other programs enroll as pre-majors.

Engineering, College of (ENG)

engineering.osu.edu

Admission to the college of engineering is competitive and requirements are designed to identify students who are prepared for the rigors of engineering study. Admitted students enroll as pre-majors.

There are no stated cut-offs for test scores or grades. Factors considered include:

  • ACT/SAT scores with emphasis on math

  • Strong college prep curriculum with emphasis on rigorous course work in math and science

  • Class rank or GPA

For the autumn 2016 incoming class, the middle 50% of directly enrolled pre-majors had an ACT Composite range of 29-33 and 98% were in the top 25% of their high school classes.

Environment and Natural Resources, School of (ENR)

senr.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll in their intended majors.

Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of (AGR)

cfaes.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll in the major, except for those in culinary science and professional golf management, who enroll as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of (HRS)

medicine.osu.edu/hrs

Admitted students enroll in HRS as pre-majors.

Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Nursing, College of (NUR)

nursing.osu.edu

Admitted students who have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher or combined SAT* Critical Reading and Math score of 1130 or higher enroll as pre-nursing majors. (*New SAT equivalent: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math score of 1200.) Students not directly enrolled in NUR enroll in the Health and Human Services Exploration program.

Admission to the nursing major is competitive, and enrollment in the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Pharmacy, College of (PHR)

pharmacy.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll as majors.

Public Affairs, John Glenn College of (JGS)

glenn.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll as majors.

Public Health, College of (PBH)

cph.osu.edu

Admitted students who have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher or combined SAT* Critical Reading and Math score of 1170 or higher enroll as pre-majors. (*New SAT equivalent: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math score of 1240.) Students not directly enrolled in PBH enroll in the Health and Human Services Exploration program.

Social Work, College of (SWK)

csw.osu.edu

Admitted students enroll as pre-majors.