Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions for international freshman applicants if you are (or will soon be) a secondary school graduate who has never enrolled at a college or university (don't count college classes taken in high school), and you are not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee or political asylee.

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).

Plan to test at least six weeks prior to deadlines to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State.

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.

How does Ohio State look at scores?

When considering students for admission 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.

November 1: Early action

What is early action?

By meeting the early action deadline, you’ll get an admission decision no later than the end of January. While not required, we strongly recommend meeting the November 1 deadline if you wish to be considered for majors in the College of Engineering and Honors and Scholars Programs.

February 1: Regular decision

We must receive your complete application on February 1 by midnight (EST) to consider your application on time. You’ll get an admission decision by the end of March.


Spring 2020

Autumn 2020

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Oct. 1, 2019 Extended to October 15

Early action: Nov. 1, 2019
Regular decision: Feb. 1, 2020

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

May 1, 2020

Ohio State accepts two applications: the Coalition Application and the Common Application. Select the option that is right for you. Submit only one application per admission cycle.

This application plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application. We must receive all items by the deadline to consider your application on time. Note: International students are not eligible for an application fee waiver.

ATTENTION APPLICANTS FROM CHINA: If you are being impacted by the new coronaviris and think you may have trouble completing your application by our February 1 deadline, please reach out to us at or +1-614-292-3980.

Select your application:

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

Official transcripts

High school transcripts

Request that your high school or secondary school send transcripts / documents / official copies of examination certificates for coursework from the final four years (grades 9-12) to Ohio State.

How to send your transcripts to Ohio State:

  • Your high school counselor can upload the transcripts / documents / official copies of examination certificates using Common App, Naviance or other secure electronic delivery service.

  • If electronic submission is not possible, please mail your official transcripts to our express mail address.

  • Emailed or faxed transcripts will not be accepted.

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 electronically 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

While not required, your counselor may send a maximum of two letters of recommendation electronically through the Common or Coalition Application. Your counselor may also submit letters through an electronic system such as Naviance. If an electronic option isn’t available, your counselor may email your letter(s) to; the letter must include your first and last name and OSU ID number, found on the email we send acknowledging receipt of your application. Please note that letters sent via email are subject to sender verification.

Official proof of English language skills

You must request that your testing agency send official scores electronically to Ohio State demonstrating the English proficiency level outlined below:

  • 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

You are exempt from this requirement if you have completed three full years of school at a U.S. regionally accredited high school or if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.

Ohio State has an intensive English program for students who wish to improve their language skills called the American Language Program. A separate application is required for this program. Ohio State does not offer conditional admission to students who enroll in the American Language Program.

Proof of financial support

To show that you can meet the financial responsibility of attending Ohio State and to receive the appropriate visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019), international students who are admitted to Ohio State will be asked to submit Ohio State’s Affidavit of Financial Support form for each supporter (yourself or your family) or agency sponsor, in addition to required support documents. See After you are admitted for more information.