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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?

Ohio State has adopted a one-year TEST-OPTIONAL policy for 2021 applicants. Learn more.

Tips for sending scores to Ohio State

  • 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 15 or February 1 for autumn semester applicants).

  • October 25 (ACT) and November 7 (SAT) are your last 2020 test dates if you want your scores to be considered for our November 15 early action deadline. Important! If you plan to test on those dates, you must request that Ohio State receive scores when you register for the test. And please note: If you choose to have your scores considered, you won’t be able to review scores from these dates prior to submitting your application by the November 15 deadline.

  • 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.

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 15: 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 15 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.


Deadlines

Spring 2021

Autumn 2021

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Oct. 15, 2020

Early action: Nov. 15, 2020
Regular decision: Feb. 1, 2021

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

May 1, 2021

Ohio State accepts the Common Application for admission to the Columbus campus.

Common Application: opens Aug. 1, 2020

The Common Application, the application fee, plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application. We must receive all items by the application deadline.

These items plus the Common 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.

  • Your high school counselor can email the transcripts to esue-studugt@osu.edu.

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

  • 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

Ohio State has adopted a one-year TEST-OPTIONAL policy for 2021 applicants. Learn more.
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 Application.

If an electronic option isn’t available, your counselor may email your letter(s) to esue-studugt@osu.edu; the letter must include your first and last name and OSU ID number, found on the email we send acknowledging receipt of your application. 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 (internet-based test or internet-based test Home Edition*): 79 or higher

  • IELTS or IELTS Indicator*: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test

  • Duolingo*: 105 or higher

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.

*To accommodate applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University will accept Duolingo, the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL internet-based test Home Edition from any international student applying for spring 2021 or autumn 2021 admission. All Duolingo test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival to campus. TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless they qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption.


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.

Test-optional policy

Ohio State has adopted a one-year ACT and SAT test-optional policy for 2021 applicants.

Learn more

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