Admission criteria

Columbus campus

To determine if you are eligible for admission to the university, admissions staff review your academic record. These 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 you are admissible, you will be considered for enrollment in the college of your intended major. Read about enrollment criteria.

Regional campus

If you are an Ohio resident, you may apply for admission to a regional campus. If you have earned at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on your college course work, we will review your academic performance in college to determine your eligibility for admission.

Depending on the number of credit hours you are transferring and your desired major, a regional campus may be a great option. Each regional campus also offers a number of complete, four-year degree programs.

Tip: If you’ve completed a lot of course work already, be sure your campus of choice offers the courses you need to progress toward a degree. Contact your regional campus for more information.

Transfer student profile

Enrolled transfer students, autumn 2015

New transfer students2,721
Average # of hours transferred54
Average GPA3.18
Average age21
# who are veterans 106