Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions to apply as a freshman to a regional campus. You must be a resident of Ohio and a high school graduate (or soon to be) who has never enrolled at a college or university (don’t count college classes you may have taken in high school).

Submission of test scores for regional campus applicants is optional but strongly encouraged. Scores must come directly from the testing agency. When you take the ACT or SAT, indicate that you want your scores sent to Ohio State.

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.

We strongly encourage you to apply by the deadline, as courses and financial aid are subject to availability. After the deadline, please contact your regional campus directly to schedule an appointment to apply in-person (subject to applicable admission rules and requirements).


Deadlines

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Autumn 2018

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Nov. 1, 2017

Mar. 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

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

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 1, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

See your Acceptance Fee StatementMay 1, 2018

This application plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application.

For the 2018-2019 school year, apply here (opens Aug. 1): Admission application for regional campus freshmen

For the 2017-2018 school year, contact your regional campus directly to ask about late registration.

Application prep

Your planned major

You'll be asked to select a 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.

Application fee and fee waivers

Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $60 application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families.

Planning to apply for financial aid?

Supply your Social Security Number on your admission application if you plan to file the FAFSA and want Ohio State to receive it, or if you are the child of an Ohio State employee using the Dependent Tuition Assistance program.

These items plus your application (STEP 3) make up a complete application.

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?

Submission of test scores for regional campus applicants is optional but strongly encouraged. 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.

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. If you can't make the February 1 priority deadline, complete the FAFSA as soon as you can.