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 and follow the DACA admission steps.

We must receive your complete application by the deadline: The online application (STEP 3) plus all required materials (STEP 4).

How do I submit scores?

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.

Ohio State’s ACT code: 3312

Ohio State’s SAT code: 1592

Ohio State’s TOEFL code: 1592

  • We must receive standardized test scores by your application deadline (see Step 2, "Know the deadlines").

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

Which test should I take?

Accepted tests


Essay required?


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, works 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 or adjust scholarship values for higher test scores submitted after the scholarship’s published deadline.

November 1: Early action

What is early action?

We must receive your complete application (by that we mean your online admission application and all required materials) by midnight (EST) on November 1 if you wish to get an early admission decision (no later than mid-January). We strongly recommend meeting the November 1 deadline if you wish to be considered for:

February 1: Regular decision

February 1 by midnight (EST) is the final date by which we must receive your complete application. You’ll get an admission decision by the end of March.


Spring 2018

Autumn 2018

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Oct. 1, 2017

Early action: Nov. 1, 2017
Regular decision: Feb. 1, 2018

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

May 1, 2018

The online admission application plus all required application materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application.

Apply using either application:

Common Application (2017-18 app opens Aug. 1)

Coalition Application (2017-18 app opens Aug. 1)

Common Application prep

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

Preferred admission plan

Select "Early Action" if you are applying for autumn semester and plan to meet our November 1 early action deadline (See STEP 2). Otherwise, select "Rolling Admission."

Your planned major

To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read What to major in when you're not sure. For visa application purposes, international applicants are required to select a major that will lead to a degree on the admission application and are not eligible to select an undecided major or a major that is offered by University Exploration.

"Opportunities beyond the undergraduate level"

Ohio State offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.

Honors and Scholars Programs

To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program and respond to the H&S essay prompt.

Personal essay

Ohio State requires a personal essay in response to one of the prompts provided.

Application fee

Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $70 application fee.

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

Official transcripts

High school transcripts

Request that your high school / secondary school send transcripts / documents for course work from the final four years (grades 9-12) to Ohio State.

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 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

Official proof of English language skills

Unless you are exempt, you must request that your testing agency send official scores electronically to Ohio State demonstrating the English proficiency level outlined below. You are exempt from this requirement if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.

  • TOEFL: 79 or higher on Internet-based test, 550 or higher on paper-based test

  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test

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.

Proof of financial support

To show that you can meet the financial responsibilities 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.