Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions if you are a U.S. resident applying to transfer to Ohio State. Are you already attending Ohio State? If you'd like to change to a different Ohio State campus, learn about your next steps at campuschange.osu.edu.

If your immigration status has been deferred under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, read about DACA and follow the DACA admission steps.

Deadlines

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Autumn 2018

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Columbus campus: Oct. 1, 2017

Regional campus: Nov. 1, 2017

Mar. 1, 2018

Columbus campus: May 1, 2018

Regional campus: June 1, 2018

Priority date for financial aid
Financial aid step-by-step.

Feb. 1, 2017

Feb. 1, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

Your academic record may be reviewed for enrollment to your intended major. Some colleges and schools at Ohio State require a minimum GPA, prerequisite course work and/or an audition or portfolio. Before you apply, look up the enrollment criteria for your intended major.

Interested in a professional program? If you already meet certain prerequisites, you may be able to apply directly to one of these programs. Learn more about undergraduate professional programs.

  • Dental Hygiene (BS)

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (BS)

    • Athletic Training

    • Health Information Management and Systems

    • Health Sciences

    • Medical Dietetics

    • Medical Laboratory Science

    • Radiological Sciences and Therapy

    • Respiratory Therapy

  • Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare (BS)

  • Nursing (BSN and RN-BSN)

  • Public Health (BS)

This application plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application.

Apply here: Admission application for transfer students (opens Aug. 1)

Application prep

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

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.

Personal statement

Completing the personal statement is required for students whose academic records include interruptions in education. It is optional for others. Find the personal statement section under the “Program data” tab on the application.

Pre-professional programs

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.

Application fee

Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $60 application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families. Students receiving the Pell Grant are also eligible for a fee waiver (send us a copy of your financial aid award letter to verify this). To request a waiver, check the box in the Application Fee Waiver section of the application indicating the program for which you qualify. You will not be prompted to pay the application fee in order to submit the application. Fee waiver requests will be verified by Undergraduate Admissions.

Planning to apply for financial aid?

Supply your Social Security Number on your admission application if you plan to file the FAFSA and want Ohio State to receive it, or if you are the child of an Ohio State employee using the Dependent Tuition Assistance program.

These items plus your admission application make up a complete application. Your academic record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for admission to the university.

Official transcripts

University transcripts

Request that all colleges or universities you’ve attended send your official transcript to Ohio State. Include a transcript of any college course work taken in high school. You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.

How to send your transcripts to Ohio State:

  • If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.

  • For other institutions, request electronic delivery if available to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, have your school email your transcript directly to esue-studugt@osu.edu.

  • If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646. Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official.

If this course work was completed at a school outside of the United States, note that foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.

Additional requirements if you have earned fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours

High school transcripts

If you have fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours at the time of application, your high school transcript is required. Request that your high school send your official high school transcript to Ohio State, electronically if possible. Faxed transcripts are not accepted.

  • High school transcripts are not required if you are applying to the Associate of Applied Science degree program at ATI.

  • High school transcripts are not required if you graduated from high school before April 1, 1984, and are applying to a regional campus.

Official ACT or SAT scores

If you are a homeschooled student applying to a regional campus, you must have your ACT or SAT score sent to Ohio State directly from the testing agency.

If you have fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours at the time of application, you must submit an official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency.

  • Scores are not required from applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment.

  • Scores are not required from applicants applying to a regional campus.

Is the essay required? The essay is not required for either the ACT or SAT.

Additional test scores

You may be required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident:

  • TOEFL: 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test

  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test


Learn about transfer credit

Course credit will transfer to Ohio State if the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution, the course was non-remedial, and you received a C- or better. In a few cases, a D or D+ may transfer; download Transfer Credit Policy and see page 7 for information.

In many cases, credit for equivalent courses is received when transfer credit is awarded. Visit transferology.com for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.

Ohio State offers credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and DSST Exams. Visit go.osu.edu/creditbyexam for more information.

Military transfer credit will be accepted according to the American Council on Education’s recommendation, as listed on the Joint Services Transcript. Individual colleges determine how this credit is applied. Get admissions information for veterans.

Don't forget financial aid

The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year, and filing by Ohio State’s priority date of February 1 will provide you maximum aid consideration. Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid.

​How much does Ohio State cost? Click for tuition and fees.

Transfer students are not guaranteed housing, but there are great alternatives.
Learn about housing for transfer students.

Interested in a professional program? If you already meet certain prerequisites, you may be able to apply directly to one of these undergraduate professional programs:

  • Dental Hygiene (BS)

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (BS)

  • Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare (BS)

  • Nursing (BSN and RN-BSN)

  • Public Health (BS)