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General FAQs

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Are there changes to Ohio State's application process and deadlines for spring, summer and autumn 2023?

Submitting ACT or SAT test scores is optional — learn more under Testing FAQs below.

Note that Ohio State's early action deadline is November 1, 2022 for new first-year students applying to the Columbus campus. The regular decision deadline is February 1, 2023.

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.

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?

We understand there may have been a change to your school's learning environment in response to COVID-19, and that this may be one reason for pass/fail grades to appear on your transcript. Courses graded as pass/fail meet our admission requirements, and passed courses do count toward the minimum required units we look for from applicants. Since pass/fail courses present no grade, most schools will not include them as part of your GPA calculation.

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 (College Credit Plus)?

The application deadline for students interested in the Academy Program (College Credit Plus) on any Ohio State campus is May 1.

Testing FAQs

Are standardized test scores required?

Ohio State has made the submission of ACT or SAT test scores optional for applicants to the Columbus campus for the 2023 spring, summer and autumn semesters due to the uncertain testing landscape related to COVID-19. We recommend applicants take the ACT or SAT and submit test scores if they are available, as we believe that standardized test scores provide useful information and predictive value about a student’s potential for success at Ohio State.

Policy summary:

  • Applicants are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT, when possible, and if they feel their scores reflect their abilities should submit them (note that testing near an application deadline will require students to submit scores to Ohio State without first reviewing them).

  • Applicants who do not have scores, have limited opportunities to test more than once, or feel that their scores don't reflect their ability to be successful at Ohio State should select the "do not consider ACT or SAT scores" option when completing the Common Application. The selection at the time of applying is the option that Ohio State will follow, unless a planned test is canceled.

  • 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'll be asked to indicate your choice when completing the Common Application. Changes to that decision can be made until the deadline for your decision plan (November 1 for early action or February 1 for regular decision). After that deadline, you may only update to a test optional preference if you are impacted by a canceled test. Note that testing close to an application deadline will require you to submit scores to Ohio State without first reviewing them.

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.

If I indicated that I didn't want my test scores considered, how will I be placed into English and math courses?

If you’re a new, first-year student who didn't submit ACT or SAT scores as part of your admissions application, you won't be able to submit scores for placement purposes. Instead, there are three options for assessing your placement for English and math:

  1. We'll use any applicable AP scores (3 or higher) or IB scores (4 or higher).
  2. If you've earned college credit, we'll use your applicable transfer credit (C or higher in equivalent courses).
  3. Or, you'll take placement test(s) before orientation.

Since you'll need to know your English and math placement to schedule courses at orientation, we'll let you know if you need to take placement tests. If you do, be sure to do your best: you won't be able to repeat them.

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?

No. Applicants whose high school transcripts supply narrative or mastery evaluations 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 2023 for those who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) after high school graduation.

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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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.