Enrollment in your intended major

Freshman enrollment criteria

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Once it is determined that you are eligible for admission to the university, your academic record is reviewed for enrollment in your major program. Some colleges and schools have requirements that are more rigorous than university admission criteria in terms of class rank and test scores.

If you are admitted to the university but not yet eligible for direct enrollment in your major of interest:

  • You will begin your studies in either a pre-major program in your intended college or in University Exploration.

  • Your academic advisor will assist you in meeting your general education requirements and advise you on completing appropriate prerequisites for your intended major.

  • Enrollment in a pre-major program or University Exploration does not guarantee enrollment in your major of interest. In the event that you are not admitted to your intended major, your advisor will work with you to find an alternative that meets your academic goals. With so many majors, Ohio State can offer a variety of pathways to most fields of study.

  • All criteria and standards are subject to change.

Criteria by college and school

Architecture, Knowlton School

knowlton.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major.

Arts and Sciences, College of

artsandsciences.osu.edu

Arts

Admitted students are enrolled as follows: art education, design and moving-image production students are enrolled as pre-majors. Art and art management students are enrolled directly in the major. History of art and theatre students meet with an advisor to establish their enrollment status. Dance and music students are enrolled in the pre-major following a successful audition.

  • Programs with an audition or portfolio requirement are highly competitive.

  • Dance department auditions are conducted two times a year: fall and winter. For music department auditions, students in Ohio audition in person and those unable to audition in person must submit a tape, video or CD, which will be followed up by an in-person audition upon arrival on campus.

Humanities

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major.

Natural and mathematical sciences

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major, except for those in actuarial science, computer and information science, and data analytics, who are enrolled as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Social and behavioral sciences

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major, except for those in international studies and neuroscience, who are enrolled as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Business, Fisher College of

fisher.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major and specialization.

Dental Hygiene, Division of

dentistry.osu.edu/dhy

Admitted students are enrolled as pre-majors.

Admission to the dental hygiene major is competitive, and enrollment in the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Education and Human Ecology, College of

ehe.osu.edu

Admitted students interested in child and youth studies, consumer and family financial services, hospitality management, human development and family science, or fashion and retail studies are enrolled directly in the major. All others are enrolled as pre-majors.

Engineering, College of

engineering.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled as pre-majors.

Environment and Natural Resources, School of

senr.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major.

Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of

cfaes.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major, except for those in culinary science and professional golf management, who are enrolled as pre-majors (admission to these majors is competitive).

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of

hrs.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled as pre-majors.

Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Nursing, College of

nursing.osu.edu

Admitted students who have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math score of 1200 or higher OR who rank in the top 10% of their high school class are enrolled as pre-nursing majors. Students not directly enrolled in NUR are enrolled in the Health and Human Services Exploration program.

Admission to the nursing major is competitive, and enrollment in the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. Note: If you have already completed program prerequisites, you may be eligible to apply directly to this program. Learn more about applying as an undergraduate professional student.

Students admitted to the health and wellness innovation in healthcare major are enrolled as pre-HWIH majors.

Pharmacy, College of

pharmacy.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major.

Public Affairs, John Glenn College of

glenn.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled directly in the major.

Public Health, College of

cph.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled as pre-majors.

Social Work, College of

csw.osu.edu

Admitted students are enrolled as pre-majors.