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 instructions on activating your 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 we receive your required application materials 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 admission 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 the end of 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, 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.

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Decision terms

Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about enrollment requirements and information about specific college enrollment is on the way.

Defer: After an initial review of your application, we have not yet made a final decision. Please check your email (we use the address you provided on your application) for any notifications of required action items.

Deny: You have not been selected for admission. You may apply again later as a transfer student from another college or university.