Undergraduate Admissions

Freshmen, Columbus campus

International applicants, please see International applicants.

  Spring 2016 Autumn 2016
Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.
Oct. 1 Early action: Nov. 1
Regular decision: Feb. 1
Priority date for financial aid
Submit the FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, and complete the Application for Special Scholarships to be considered for the university's special-eligibility scholarships.
Feb. 15 Feb. 15


To apply, submit a complete application by the deadline

Your application is considered complete when we have received your admission application and all required materials, listed below.

Meet Ohio State’s November 1 early action deadline (non-binding) to receive an admission decision by mid-January. If you apply after November 1, you’ll receive an admission decision by end of March. February 1 is the final date to submit your application.
  • You must apply by November 1 if you wish to be considered for university merit scholarships.
  • We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you wish to be considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program as well as Honors and Scholars Programs.
  • We highly recommend applying by November 1 if you wish to be considered for majors within the College of Engineering. After Nov. 1, applications are considered on a space-available basis.
Alert! ACT and SAT score delays Both ACT and SAT have reported technical difficulties in delivering scores to Ohio State. For ACT, scoring for the September 12, 2015, test may be delayed. For SAT, rush scores or other scores sent after October 14 may be delayed. We are working with both agencies to resolve the issue. Please be assured that Ohio State will consider scores that arrive late because of these issues "on time" for our November 1 priority/early action deadline. Please do not send unofficial score sheets. Direct questions to askabuckeye@osu.edu.

Application requirements

1. Common Application

2. $60 application fee (nonrefundable)

3. School forms

  • Official high school transcripts, including your senior year course schedule
  • Optional: Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • If you took college courses while in high school, you must submit official transcripts of your college course work.
  • If you have completed any course work at a school outside of the United States, you must submit an official transcript from that institution. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly. Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language.
4. Official ACT or SAT scores with writing

ACT code: 3312
SAT code: 1592

  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Read important information about test scores.
  • 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.
  • What about the new SAT?

    You may have heard about a new SAT exam coming in March 2016.

    If you're currently a senior, you don't have to worry about the new exam and should continue to follow our current admissions requirements.

    If you're applying for the autumn 2017, summer 2017 or spring 2018 term, Ohio State will accept scores from either the current or new SAT. The essay for either version will not be required.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language, you must submit one of the following scores:
    TOEFL: 79 or higher on Internet-based, 550 or higher on paper-based
    IELTS: 6.5 or higher
    ACT: 21 or higher on the English section
    SAT: 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section

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