Students applying for autumn 2021

General FAQs

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Are there changes to Ohio State's application process and deadlines for spring, summer and autumn 2021?

To give students additional time to complete their early action applications, Ohio State's early action deadline is now November 15, 2020 (previously November 1) for new first-year students applying to the Columbus campus. The regular decision deadline remains February 1, 2021.

The application deadlines for transfer students remain the same.

In addition, submitting ACT or SAT test scores is optional for most students — learn more under "Testing FAQs" below.

What application can I use to apply for admission?

First-year students applying to the Columbus campus may use the Common Application, beginning August 1, 2020. To streamline our admissions process, Ohio State will discontinue accepting the Coalition for College application in the 2021 admissions cycle.

Students applying to regional campuses or as a transfer will continue to use our Ohio State application.

What is the impact of having pass/fail grades on my transcript this spring?

When we review a transcript as part of the application next year, we will be aware of the reason for these grades. We encourage schools to include a notation on the transcript and the school profile indicating any change to a pass/fail option.

Will Ohio State still award AP credit with the new exam option?

Ohio State will continue to grant college credit under the university’s AP guidelines for scores 3, 4 and 5, recognizing the circumstances under which students will be testing this year. Remember to have your scores sent to Ohio State using code #1592.

Can I still apply for the Academy Program?

The application deadline for students interested in the Academy Program at Ohio State’s Columbus campus continues to be May 1. AUTUMN 2020 ONLY: Due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, students who are not able to provide standardized test scores will be eligible to participate in College Credit Plus. Additional information is available on the Academy website.

Interested in CCP at the regional campuses? Visit your regional campus website for information about the application process and deadlines.

Testing FAQs

Is there any change to the ACT or SAT requirement?

Because of the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests in the 2021 admissions cycle, Ohio State will make the submission of ACT or SAT test scores optional for most applicants to the Columbus campus for the 2021 spring, summer or autumn semesters. This decision underscores Ohio State’s commitment to reducing barriers for students who plan to apply to Ohio State but are unable to access an ACT or SAT testing date.

Applicants are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT and submit test scores if they are available, as we believe that standardized test scores provide useful information about a student’s potential for success at Ohio State.

  • Applicants who have taken the ACT or SAT and feel their scores reflect their abilities should submit them.

  • Applicants who do not have scores, who had limited opportunities to take the ACT or SAT more than once, or who feel that their scores do not reflect their ability to be successful at Ohio State should select the score waiver option when completing the Common Application. Note: See below for which students are still required to send scores, including home-schooled students.

  • Applicants will receive full consideration in the admissions process and in review for scholarships, direct enrollment to their college or school, Honors and Scholars Programs, and the Morrill Scholarship Program even if they are unable or choose not to submit a score.

How do I tell Ohio State that I do not plan to submit a test score?

First-year applicants will be asked if they plan to submit SAT or ACT scores on the Common Application.

Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) earned at the time of their application will be able to indicate on the Ohio State application if they plan to submit SAT or ACT scores (inclusion of test scores is recommended).

When do I need to decide if I am submitting a test score?

You should indicate your choice when submitting your application. Changes will not be possible after application submission for the decision plan (early action or regular decision) you choose, with the exception that you are allowed to update to a test optional preference if you are impacted by a canceled test. Any change should be made by the application deadline.

How will my application be evaluated without a test score?

Applicants to Ohio State’s Columbus campus are considered for admission on a competitive basis. Our holistic review process looks for evidence that an applicant is prepared for the academic rigor of the Ohio State classroom and is ready to contribute to the Ohio State community.

I'm applying to be a first-year student. Do I need to submit a test score to be considered for Honors and Scholars Programs, merit scholarships or the Morrill Scholarship Program?

No. First-year applicants will receive full consideration for these programs and scholarships even if they are unable or choose not to submit a test score.

Are test scores required for consideration for direct enrollment into my college or school of interest?

No. You will receive full consideration for direct enrollment even if you are unable or choose not to submit a test score.

I am a recruited student-athlete. Do I need to submit a test score?

As a recruited student-athlete, submitting a test score as part of your application for admission is optional. However, you are still required to follow all initial eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you have questions, please contact Ohio State's Office of University Compliance and Integrity.

I am or was home schooled. Do I need to submit a test score?

No. Home-schooled applicants must submit an approved “excuse from attendance” verification (or equivalent) provided by a local school district or state official. Alternatively, Columbus campus applicants may submit ACT or SAT scores instead. This policy also applies to transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation.

My high school uses narrative or mastery evaluations. Do I need to submit a test score?

Yes. Applicants whose high school transcripts supply narrative or mastery evaluations are required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. Transfer applicants whose high school uses narrative or mastery evaluations and who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation are required to submit a test score.

I attend or graduated from a non-chartered high school. Do I need to submit a test score?

No. Applicants who attend a non-chartered high school are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. For transfer applicants, submission of a test score is encouraged but optional in 2021 for those who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation.

I have a GED. Do I need to submit a test score?

No. Applicants who earned a GED are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. For transfer applicants, submission of a test score is encouraged but optional in 2021 for those with a GED who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after receipt of the GED.

I graduated from high school more than two years ago. Do I need to submit a test score?

No. Test scores are not required or considered for students who graduated from high school more than two years ago.

I am a transfer applicant. Do I need to submit a test score?

Submission of test scores is encouraged but optional in 2021 for transfer applicants with fewer than 30 hours after high school graduation at the point of application (with the exceptions noted above). Test scores are never required for transfer applicants who have completed 30 semester hours or more (after high school graduation) at the point of application.

I am an international applicant. Do I need to submit a test score?

No. International applicants applying for 2021 are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. However, proof of English language proficiency is still required. Read more COVID-19-related admissions FAQs for international students.

I am applying to an Ohio State regional campus. Do I need to submit a test score?

Submission of test scores for regional campus applicants is optional but strongly encouraged.