After you apply

Activate your username and password

Within five days of applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application that includes your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).

  • Follow the instructions in the email to activate your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center where you can check on the status of your application.

  • Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.

  • If you have problems activating, contact our IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or 8help@osu.edu.

Check your application status

Log in to your Applicant Center to check the status of your application and all requirements. Required application materials must be received by Ohio State by the application deadline.

Applicant Center FAQ

Log in to your Applicant Center. Once you’re logged in, look for two things:

  1. On the left under Admissions, you’ll see a link to Application Status. Click that to view the status of your application.

  2. On the right, you’ll see a section called To Do List. If there are items listed there, click “More” for all available details, including any follow-up comments from Undergraduate Admissions.

There are two likely possibilities:

  1. Lag time: When transcripts, test scores, fees or other items are submitted, they must be processed and matched to your application. It can take up to 10 days for us to complete this step. 

  2. Problem with an item: If we receive an item but it does not meet our requirements, we will add a “Comment” to your Applicant Center telling you what we need. You can find the comment by logging in and clicking the “More” link in the To Do List.

Once an item is processed, it will be marked “complete” or it will no longer appear in the To Do List. Even after an item is processed, continue to monitor the To Do List in case we require additional documents.
As long as an item is received by midnight (EST) of your deadline day, we will count it as being on time, even if we haven’t finished processing it.

Your decision will first be posted in your Applicant Center, so keep an eye on that for the most up-to-date information. See decision terms in the callout on this page.


Transfer student dates by entry term

Application completion deadline Decision release Reply date
Autumn May 1 rolling 3 weeks after offer of admission
Summer March 1 rolling 3 weeks after offer of admission
Spring November 1 rolling 3 weeks after offer of admission

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and Ohio State's Special Scholarships Application

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Check out this helpful financial aid checklist.

Note: Federal student aid does not automatically transfer between institutions. If you are admitted, be prepared to cancel federal aid disbursements at your previous school and update your FAFSA to include The Ohio State University.

Watch for a decision

While we will notify you as to our admission decision, the decision will also appear in your Applicant Center, reflecting one of the following admission decisions:

Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about enrollment requirements and information about specific college enrollment are on the way.

Deny: At this time, you do not meet our admission requirements. To be considered for another semester, you may remain at your current college or university and improve your academic record. If you are not currently enrolled, you may enroll at another college or university and improve your academic profile. In both cases, you will need to contact us to update your application for a future semester.

Meet with us (virtually)

Drop in to ask your questions during Zoom advising hours Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or attend one of our online Transfer Overviews. Ohio residents, if interested, can also be in contact with Ohio State’s regional campuses. Or, take a virtual tour of the Columbus campus!

Decision terms

Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about enrollment requirements and information about specific college enrollment is on the way.

Deny: At this time, you do not meet our admission requirements. To be considered for another semester, you may remain at your current college or university and improve your academic record. If you are not currently enrolled, you may enroll at another college or university and improve your academic profile. In both cases, you will need to contact us to update your application for a future semester.