Additional types of applicants

Find application instructions for more types of applicants below. If you still can't find what you're looking for, email us at askabuckeye@osu.edu.

To take classes while in high school

Ohio residents, apply to Ohio State's College Credit Plus program, the Ohio State Academy.

Home-schooled / alternative education students

Ohio State welcomes applications from alternatively educated students, including home-schooled students. These students follow the same admission process as freshman applicants or transfer applicants (if college credit was earned after high school) and are reviewed for admission based on the same criteria as students from public and private high schools.

In addition to the required application materials, which include ACT or SAT scores, home-schooled students must submit:

  • Written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education. Students applying from states that do not require school districts to issue a statement excusing the student from compulsory attendance may have this application requirement waived.

  • A detailed curriculum, including course content descriptions and assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) with an explanation of any applicable grading scales.

ACT or SAT scores are required no matter which campus you are applying to. Contact Undergraduate Admissions if you have further questions.

Veteran or military applicants

Start at the veterans welcome page.

Students from other universities

If you're interested in attending Ohio State for one term and transfering credit back to your home college or university, you'll apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) as a "Transient / Visitor." Find the application and step-by-step instructions on ODEE's Apply to Extended Education page.

Non-degree enrollment

If you're interested in taking a class(es) at Ohio State but you are not seeking a degree, you'll apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) as an "Undergrad Non-Degree Continuing Status" student. Find the application and step-by-step instructions on ODEE's Apply to Extended Education page.

Ohio State students who want to change campuses

Start at the campus-change welcome page.

Applicants interested in professional programs

Students looking at undergraduate professional programs in nursing, dental hygiene, public health, and health and rehabilitation sciences should start at Graduate and Professional Admissions.

To apply to graduate or professional school

Apply through Graduate and Professional Admissions.

To complete prerequisites

Apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) if you are completing prerequisites for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree.

Online programs

View the list of Ohio State's highly ranked online degree programs at online.osu.edu. Ohio State alumni applying to an online degree or certificate program are eligible for an application fee waiver.

Returning students

Start by contacting your college of enrollment.

Adult learners

Apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) if you are an adult student who wants to take undergraduate courses (non-degree enrollment). For information and access to the application, visit Admissions & Criteria.

Learn online from the #1 public college in Ohio. You'll have meaningful access to Ohio State's world-class faculty through programs designed to help you reach your educational goals on your terms. View the list of Ohio State's highly ranked online degree programs at online.osu.edu.