International student enrollment criteria
for Ohio State’s colleges and schools
Enrollment in your intended major
All academic major programs at Ohio State are offered by degree-granting colleges or schools. If you are eligible for admission to Ohio State, your academic record will be reviewed for eligibility to enroll in your major area of interest.
See below for descriptions of the academic requirements for each degree-granting college and school. Applicants must meet the stated criteria in addition to meeting the requirements for admissibility to Ohio State.
Students who enroll as pre-majors will have additional criteria to meet once they enroll at Ohio State and will not be eligible to enter the major until all prerequisites are met. Some majors are competitive and/or have enrollment limitations, so completion of prerequisites is not a guarantee of enrollment in the major.
Criteria by college
Architecture, Knowlton School of (AHR)
The Knowlton School of Architecture offers three undergraduate degree programs: a pre-professional BS in Architecture, an accredited BS in Landscape Architecture and a BS in City and Regional Planning.
Freshmen: Admitted students enroll as pre-majors.
Transfer students: Admitted transfer students with at least 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent) and a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) enroll in AHR. Those who are interested in city and regional planing enroll as majors. Those who are interested in architecture or landscape architecture typically enroll as pre-majors; students who pass a portfolio review and have completed prerequisite course work enroll as majors. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours (or the equivalent) are considered using the freshmen criteria.
Arts and Sciences (ASC)
The following comprise the College of Arts and Sciences and
collectively offer more than 80 majors.
Majors in the arts: art, art education, arts management, dance, design (industrial, interior and visual communication), history of art, music (composition, education, jazz studies, musicology, performance, and theory and voice), and theatre
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students in the Arts
enroll either as pre-majors in art education or design, as majors in art or arts management, or as majors following successful auditions in dance or music. History of art and theatre advisors meet with students to establish their majors. Art, art education, dance, design and music require an audition or portfolio review (see more below). These programs are highly competitive. Transfer students must have their prior courses in performing or visual arts carefully reviewed by faculty for credit in their majors.
Art, art education and design: A portfolio review is required for transfer students. Contact the Arts at +1-614-292-2090 or visit artsandsciences.osu.edu.
Dance: Auditions are conducted two times a year: fall and winter. Contact the dance department at +1-614-292-7977 or visit dance.osu.edu for more information.
Music: All music majors require an audition. Students in Ohio audition
in person. Non-Ohio residents who are unable to audition in person may submit a tape, video or CD, which will be followed up by an in-person audition upon arrival on campus. Visit music.osu.edu for more information.
Majors in the humanities: African American and African studies; ancient history and classics; Arabic; Chinese; classics; comparative studies; English; film studies; French; German; globalization studies; Hebrew; history; Islamic studies; Italian; Japanese; Jewish studies; Korean; linguistics; medieval and Renaissance studies; modern Greek; philosophy; Portuguese; religious studies; romance studies; Russian; sexuality studies; Spanish; women's, gender and sexuality studies; and world literatures
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll as majors.
Natural and mathematical sciences (ASC)
Majors in natural and mathematical sciences: actuarial science, astronomy and astrophysics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer and information science, data analytics, earth sciences, evolution and ecology, mathematics, microbiology, molecular genetics, physics, and zoology
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll in their intended majors, except for those in actuarial science, computer and information science, and data analytics, who enroll as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive). A strong record of very good to excellent performance in mathematics and science is essential for success in the natural and mathematical sciences majors.
Social and behavioral sciences (ASC)
Majors in social and behavioral sciences: anthropological sciences, anthropology, atmospheric sciences, communication, criminology and criminal justice studies, economics, geographic information science, geography, globalization studies, international studies, journalism, neuroscience, political science, psychology, social sciences air transportation, sociology, speech and hearing science, and world politics
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll in their intended majors, except for those in communication, international studies, journalism and neuroscience, who enroll as pre-majors. Pre-majors who have completed prerequisite courses are eligible to apply to enroll in their majors; admission is competitive.
Business, Fisher College of (BUS)
The Fisher College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations available in accounting, economics, finance, human resources, information systems, insurance, international business administration, logistics management, marketing, operations management, real estate and urban analysis, and special major (includes aviation management).
Freshmen: To enroll as pre-majors, admitted freshmen must (1) have an ACT composite score of 27 or higher or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1210 or higher AND (2) rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class (or equivalent).
Transfer students: To enroll as pre-majors, admitted transfer students must have less than 60 semester hours (or the equivalent) and at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous college course work.
Note: Admitted students (freshmen and transfers) enter the college as pre-major program students. After successful completion of the college application requirements, eligible students will apply to the major program and specialization through a competitive application process. A limited number of freshmen will be offered direct admission to the major program, specifically those who have been admitted to University Honors, Business Scholars or Fisher's Global Business Learning Community. For additional information please visit, fisher.osu.edu/undergraduate/admissions.
Dental Hygiene (DHY)
The Dental Hygiene Program at Ohio State is the only program in dental hygiene in the state of Ohio that is affiliated with a college of dentistry.
Freshmen: Admitted students enroll in dental hygiene as pre-majors.
Transfer students: Direct admission to the DHY major requires a
separate application. Admitted students who have fewer than 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent) enroll as pre-majors. Admitted students with more than 30 semester hours (or the equivalent) are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Admission to the dental hygiene major is competitive, and enrollment in the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major.
Note: The prerequisite course work and admission criteria for the dental hygiene major can be found at dent.osu.edu/dhy. If you believe you meet the requirements described on the website, apply using the
application found on the site.
Education and Human Ecology (EHE)
The College of Education and Human Ecology offers majors in consumer and family financial services; early and middle childhood studies; early childhood education; exercise science education; fashion and retail studies; foreign language education; health promotion, nutrition and exercise science; hospitality management; human development and family science; human nutrition; integrated language arts/English education; middle childhood education; physical education, sport and physical activity; science and mathematics education; special education; sport industry; teaching English to speakers of other languages; and technical education and training.
Freshmen: Admitted students enroll in these programs as pre-majors.
Transfer students: Admitted students enroll in these programs as pre-majors.
The College of Engineering offers majors in aeronautical and astronautical engineering; aviation; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer science and engineering; electrical and computer engineering; engineering physics; environmental engineering; food, agricultural and biological engineering; industrial and systems engineering; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering; and welding engineering.
Freshmen: Admission to the college of engineering is competitive and requirements are designed to identify students who are prepared for the rigors of engineering study.
Admitted students enroll as pre-majors.
There are no stated cut-offs for test scores or grades. Factors considered include:
- ACT/SAT* scores with emphasis on Math
- Strong college prep curriculum with emphasis on math and science and rigorous courses
- Class rank or GPA*
* For the autumn 2014 incoming class, the middle 50% of directly enrolled pre-majors had an ACT Composite range of 28-32 and 96% were in the top 10% of their high school classes.
Transfer students: Admitted students with at least 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent), including credit for at least one calculus course, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) enroll as pre-majors. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours are considered using the
Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
The School of Environment and Natural Resources is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and offers majors
in environment, economy, development, and sustainability; environmental policy and decision making; environmental science; forestry, fisheries and wildlife; and natural resource management.
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll in their intended majors.
Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (AGR)
The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers majors in agribusiness and applied economics, agricultural communication, agricultural systems management, agriscience education, animal sciences, community leadership, construction systems management, culinary science, entomology, food business management, food science and technology, meat science, plant health management, plant pathology, professional golf management, and sustainable plant systems.
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll in their intended majors, except for those in culinary science and professional golf management*, who enroll as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).
* International students are eligible to enroll in this program if they meet all admission requirements. Read about Professional Golf Management program requirements.
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS)
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers accredited undergraduate degree programs in athletic training, health information management and systems, health sciences, medical dietetics, medical laboratory science, radiologic sciences and therapy, and respiratory therapy. Admission to majors is competitive.
Freshmen: Admitted students enroll in HRS as pre-majors.
Transfer students: Admitted students with at least a 2.5 GPA on all
previous college course work enroll in HRS as pre-majors.
Note: The prerequisite criteria vary for each program; see medicine.osu.edu/hrs for specific information. If you believe you will meet the criteria for your selected major as described on the website, apply using the
application found on the site.
The College of Nursing offers undergraduate majors in health and wellness innovation in health care, and nursing.
Freshmen: Admitted students who have ACT composite scores of 25
or higher or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1150
or higher enroll as pre-nursing majors.
Transfer students: Admitted transfer students with at least 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent) and at least a 3.2 GPA on all previous college course work enroll as pre-nursing majors. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours (or the equivalent) are considered using the freshmen criteria.
Admission to the nursing major is competitive, and enrollment in the
pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major.
Note: The prerequisite course work and admission criteria for the
Bachelor of Science in Nursing can be found at nursing.osu.edu. If you meet the application requirements described on the website, apply at gpadmissions.osu.edu/programs/program.aspx?prog=0230.
The College of Pharmacy offers an undergraduate major in pharmaceutical sciences. This major does not lead to licensure.
Freshmen: Admitted students who (1) have ACT composite scores of 25 or higher or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1150 and (2) rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes (or equivalent) enroll in the major.
Transfer students: Admitted students with 30 or more transferable semester hours (or the equivalent) and at least a 2.7 GPA who have earned credit for a set of prerequisite courses enroll as majors. A complete list
of prerequisites can be found at pharmacy.osu.edu.
Public Affairs, John Glenn College of (JGS)
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers an undergraduate major in public affairs.
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll as majors.
Public Health (PBH)
The College of Public Health offers an undergraduate major in public health.
Freshmen: Admitted students who have ACT composite scores of 26 or higher or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1170 or higher enroll as pre-public health majors.
Transfer students: Admitted transfer students with at least 30 transferable semester hours (or the equivalent) and at least a 2.8 GPA on all previous course work enroll as pre-majors.
Social Work (SWK)
The College of Social Work offers an undergraduate major in social work.
Freshmen and transfer students: Admitted students enroll as
Graduate and professional programs
Learn more about applying to Ohio State's wide range of graduate and professional programs at gpadmissions.osu.edu.