Undergraduate Admissions

   
 
   
 
Admission criteria

Ohio State has a competitive admission process in which students are considered for admission based largely on their academic performance and credentials.

Some majors have different criteria; read more about enrollment criteria.

For international freshmen

Ohio State has a competitive admission process in which students are considered for admission based on their academic performance and other credentials, including

  • High school curriculum
  • High school performance (class rank, GPA)
  • ACT/SAT scores with writing (see more information about test scores below)
  • Accelerated curriculum (Honors, AP, IB)
  • Ability and desire to contribute to a diverse campus community
  • Leadership, co-curricular and work experiences
  • Competitiveness of high school
  • Status as a first-generation college student
  • Outstanding talent in a particular area
  • High school performance was adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
  • Eligible for and will benefit from organized support services at Ohio State

For international transfer students

If you have fewer than 30 semester hours (fewer than 45 quarter hours) of earned credit from a previous university, the application process considers four primary factors:

  1. Performance in high school/secondary school as shown by class rank or grade point average
  2. Successful completion of a university preparatory curriculum
  3. Overall university grade point average
  4. Performance on the ACT or SAT (required only of students who have graduated from high school/secondary school in the last two years)

If you have 30 or more semester hours (45 or more quarter hours) of earned credit from a previous university, the competitive academic admission review process considers these primary factors:

  • Overall university grade point average
  • Strong grades in courses related to your desired major

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter (30 semester) hours of upper-division course work in their majors at Ohio State in order to graduate with an Ohio State degree. Students at other universities who have already completed upper-division course work in their majors should seriously consider finishing their degrees at their current university and may wish to consider graduate degree programs at Ohio State.

Note: Regardless of how many years you have already studied at other universities, most international transfer students typically spend an additional three to four years at Ohio State in order to fulfill all of our graduation requirements.

Some majors have more rigorous requirements; read more about enrollment criteria.

Attention applicants from China!

If you have taken university courses in China, in order to be considered for admission and/or transfer credit you MUST arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. Any transcript not mailed by the CDGDC will not be considered.


 
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