Apply step-by-step

Follow these instructions to apply as a freshman to a regional campus. You must be a resident of Ohio and a high school graduate (or soon to be) who has never enrolled at a college or university (don’t count college classes you may have taken in high school).

Submission of test scores for regional campus applicants is optional but strongly encouraged. Scores must come directly from the testing agency. When you take the ACT or SAT, indicate that you want your scores sent to Ohio State.

  • Home-schooled applicants must submit an approved “excuse from attendance” verification (or equivalent) provided by a local school district or state official.

  • Students who attend a non-chartered high school must have an official ACT, SAT or GED score sent directly from the testing agency.

  • Applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment are not required to submit scores.

    • Ohio State has adopted a one-year TEST-OPTIONAL policy for most 2021 applicants. Please read the Testing FAQs.

      Is the essay required?

      The essay is not required for either the ACT or SAT.

We strongly encourage you to apply by the deadline, as courses and financial aid are subject to availability. After the deadline, please contact your regional campus directly to schedule an appointment to apply in-person (subject to applicable admission rules and requirements).


Deadlines

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Autumn 2021

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.

Dec. 1, 2020

Mar. 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

Priority date for financial aid
Financial aid step-by-step.

Feb. 1, 2020

Feb. 1, 2021

Feb. 1, 2021

Acceptance fee deadline
Learn more about steps for admitted students.

See your Acceptance Fee Statement

See your Acceptance Fee StatementMay 1, 2021

This application plus all required materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application.

APPLY HERE: Admission application for regional campus freshmen

Application prep

Your planned major

You'll be asked to select a major. To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read Undecided? if you're not sure what to major in.

Application fee and fee waivers

Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $60 application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families.

Planning to apply for financial aid?

Supply your Social Security Number on your admission application if you plan to file the FAFSA and want Ohio State to receive it, or if you are the child of an Ohio State employee using the Dependent Tuition Assistance program.

These items plus your application (STEP 3) make up a complete application.

Official transcripts

High school transcripts

Request that your high school counselor send your high school transcript, including your senior year course schedule, to Ohio State (electronically, if possible).

If this coursework was completed at a school outside of the United States, note that foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.

Official ACT or SAT scores

How do I submit my scores?

Submission of test scores for regional campus applicants is optional for most applicants but strongly encouraged. We must receive your official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency. Scores from transcripts will not be considered. Read more about score requirements in STEP 1.

Additional test scores

If English is not your native language, submit one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL (internet-based test or internet-based test Home Edition*): 79 or higher

  • IELTS or IELTS Indicator*: 6.5 or higher

  • ACT: 21 or higher on the English section

  • SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test

  • Duolingo*: 105 or higher

You are exempt from this requirement if you have completed three full years of school at a U.S. regionally accredited high school or if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from, Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States or Wales.

Ohio State has an intensive English program for students who wish to improve their language skills called the American Language Program. A separate application is required for this program. Ohio State does not offer conditional admission to students who enroll in the American Language Program.

*To accommodate applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University will accept Duolingo, the IELTS Indicator and the TOEFL internet-based test Home Edition from any international student applying for spring 2021 or autumn 2021 admission. All Duolingo test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival to campus. TOEFL Home Edition and IELTS Indicator test takers are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival unless they qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS score exemption.


Don't forget financial aid

The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year, and filing by Ohio State’s priority date of February 1 will provide you maximum aid consideration. Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid. If you can't make the February 1 priority deadline, complete the FAFSA as soon as you can.