The Common Application

The Common Application is one of two ways to apply to Ohio State for freshman admission to the Columbus campus.

Ohio State is a member of the Common Application, an application platform offered by more than 600 diverse colleges and universities around the world. Last year nearly one million students used the Common Application.

  • The Common Application is accepted at the greatest number of colleges and universities.

  • Applicants may submit the same Common Application to as many colleges and universities as they like. Note that Ohio State also requires applicants to complete Ohio State-specific supplemental questions.

  • Many counselors and teachers are already familiar with the Common Application and, based on their experience, can provide guidance to students who wish to apply with it.

  • Many counselors and teachers have previously completed Common Application forms for recommendations or transcripts, and thus already have online accounts.

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

Common Application questions

Writing: Personal essay

Ohio State requires a personal statement essay in response to one of the prompts provided. If you'd like to work on your response before beginning your application, here's a list of this year's essay prompts.

Courses & Grades: Self-reported transcript

Ohio State requires applicants to report their transcript information. A Course Assistant wizard will walk you through the steps. Your counselor is aware of this requirement and can provide you with your high school transcript. You may only skip this step if you are homeschooled and can't get a high school transcript; if your transcript doesn't use grades; or if your high school doesn't use semesters, trimesters, quarters or block scheduling.

Ohio State-specific questions

General: Preferred admission plan

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

General: School-specific fee waivers

International applicants are not eligible for application fee waivers.

Academics: Your planned 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. For visa application purposes, international applicants are required to select a major that will lead to a degree and are not eligible to select an undecided major or a major that is offered by University Exploration.

Academics: 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.

Academics: 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.

Application fee

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

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