After you apply

Activate your username and password

Within 1 to 5 days of applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will include your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).

  • Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.

  • Follow the instructions in the email to activate your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center where you can check on the status of your application.

  • If you have problems activating, contact our IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or

Check your application status

Log in to your Applicant Center where you can monitor the status of your application. Check regularly to make sure you have no outstanding issues or anything left to do.

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and Ohio State's Special Scholarships Application

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Check out this helpful financial aid Apply Checklist.

Note: Federal student aid does not automatically transfer between institutions. If you are admitted, be prepared to cancel federal aid disbursements at your previous school and update your FAFSA to include The Ohio State University.

Watch for a decision

While we will notify you as to our admission decision, the decision will also appear in your Applicant Center, reflecting one of the following admission decisions:

Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about enrollment requirements and information about specific college enrollment are on the way.

Deny: At this time, you do not meet our admission requirements. To be considered for another semester, you may remain at your current college or university and improve your academic record. If you are not currently enrolled, you may enroll at another college or university and improve your academic profile. In both cases, you will need to contact us to update your application for a future semester.

Come for a visit

Schedule a visit to the Columbus campus. Ohio residents can visit one of Ohio State’s regional campuses or ATI. If you aren’t able to visit in person, take a virtual tour of the Columbus campus!