Admission criteria

Columbus campus

Applicants who have earned 30 or more U.S. semester hours (or 45 U.S. quarter hours)

If you've earned 30 or more semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation at the time of application, admission to the Columbus campus is based on your cumulative college or university academic performance.

  • Grade trends and performance in courses key to the chosen major are considered in the admissions decision.

Non-academic factors may also be considered:

  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community

  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement (e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)

  • Status as a first-generation college student

  • Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area

  • Eligibility for and likelihood of benefiting from organized support services at Ohio State

Applicants who have earned fewer than 30 U.S. semester hours (or 45 U.S. quarter hours)

If you've earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation at the time of application, admissions staff will determine if you are eligible for admission through a holistic review of your academic record, including performance at all colleges or universities attended after high school graduation, as well as your high school record and ACT or SAT scores.

Non-academic factors may also be considered:

  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community

  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement (e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)

  • Status as a first-generation college student

  • Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area

  • High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors

  • Eligibility for and likelihood of benefiting from organized support services at Ohio State

Enrollment in your intended major

Once it is determined that your application is admissible, you will be considered for enrollment in the college of your intended major. Read about enrollment criteria.

Transfer student profile

Enrolled transfer students, autumn 2021

New transfer students2,013
Average # of hours transferred41
Average GPA3.22
Average age22
# who are veterans53