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University scholarships
(For the 2016-17 academic year)

Merit scholarships

Ohio State offers a range of scholarships that reward academic merit. Admitted students are automatically considered for most merit awards if they meet minimum eligibility criteria and submit a complete admission application, including all required materials, by November 1. Scholarships are not guaranteed.

These scholarships require additional steps or have different deadlines:

  • Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship
  • Morrill Scholarship Program
  • Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship

Please see details below.

Unless otherwise indicated, merit scholarships::

  • Are awarded on a competitive basis to domestic freshmen admitted to the Columbus campus for autumn semester.
  • Are available for eight semesters of full-time undergraduate enrollment, and only during terms for which a student is enrolled.
  • Are renewable for up to eight semesters of full-time enrollment, provided the recipient maintains a 3.2 or higher GPA (earned by no later than the end of the second year).
  • Cannot be combined. Exception: the National Buckeye Scholarship; see description for details.

Merit scholarships
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Special-eligibility scholarships

Requires additional application
The university offers several thousand special-eligibility scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria. File the FAFSA and complete the Application for Special Scholarships by February 15 for priority consideration. The 2016–2017 special scholarships application opens in August 2015.

Other scholarships

Departmental scholarships
(May require additional application)
If you are interested in a particular major, you may contact your college of interest for scholarship availability and deadline dates. See departmental listings.

Regional campus/ATI scholarships
If you plan to attend a regional campus or ATI, contact the financial aid office at the appropriate campus for information about scholarships. See regional campus contact information.