Follow these instructions for freshman applicants if you are (or will soon be) a high school graduate who has never enrolled at a college or university (don’t count college classes you may have taken in high school), and you are a U.S. resident.
We must receive your complete application by the deadline: The online application (STEP 3) plus all required materials (STEP 4).
How do I submit scores?
When you register for the ACT or SAT, indicate that you want your scores sent to Ohio State. If you already took the test but didn't send your scores to Ohio State, you can order them for a fee. Order in advance to be sure scores reach us by the application deadline.
Ohio State’s ACT code: 3312
Ohio State’s SAT code: 1592
We must receive standardized test scores by your application deadline (either November 1 or February 1 for autumn semester applicants). Or, if you are competing for a merit scholarship, we must receive scores by the scholarship deadline.
Plan to test at least six weeks prior to deadlines to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State.
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.
Which test should I take?
Autumn 2017 or spring 2018
ACT, SAT or New SAT
Should I take a standardized test more than once?
Ohio State looks at the highest composite score from a single test date. Taking the test (and having scores sent to us) more than once, while not required, works to your advantage.
Do I qualify for a test fee waiver?
If your family has economic need, talk to your school counselor to determine your eligibility for a fee waiver.
How does Ohio State look at scores?
When considering students for admission, scholarships, or Honors and Scholars selection, we consider the best official composite / combined score from a single test administration. Ohio State does not mix sub-scores from multiple tests or adjust scholarship values for higher test scores submitted after the scholarship’s published deadline.
November 1: Early actionWhat is early action?
We must receive your complete application (by that we mean your online admission application and all required materials) by midnight (EST) on November 1 if you wish to be considered for most university merit scholarships (larger awards require additional steps). While not required, we strongly recommend meeting the November 1 deadline if you wish to be considered for:
Majors within the College of Engineering
By meeting the early action deadline, you’ll get an admission decision no later than mid-January.
February 1: Regular decision
February 1 by midnight (EST) is the final date by which we must receive your complete application. You’ll get an admission decision by the end of March.
Oct. 1, 2016
Early action: Nov. 1, 2016
Priority date for financial aid
Feb. 1, 2017
Feb. 1, 2017
Acceptance fee deadline
See your Acceptance Fee Statement
May 1, 2017
The online admission application plus all required application materials (STEP 4) make up a complete application.
Apply here: Common Application (open Aug. 1)
A note about the Coalition Application: Ohio State will go live with the Coalition Application next year, on August 1, 2017. The Ohio State University is a proud member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, along with more than 90 public and private colleges. The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience for students who wish to pursue higher education. Watch a brief video about the Coalition.
Common Application prep
Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.
Preferred admission plan
Select "Early Action" if you are applying for autumn semester and plan to meet our November 1 early action deadline (See STEP 2). Otherwise, select "Rolling Admission."
Your planned major
"Opportunities beyond the undergraduate level"
Ohio State offers
pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.
Alternate campus (Ohio residents)
If you are not admissible to the Columbus campus, you will have the option of starting your Ohio State degree at a
regional campus and changing to Columbus later.
Honors and Scholars Programs
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program and respond to the H&S essay prompt. You must apply for Honors if you wish to be considered for the Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship.
Morrill Scholarship Program
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the Morrill Scholarship Program and respond to the MSP essay prompt. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement under Activities.
Ohio State requires a personal essay in response to one of the prompts provided.
Application fee and fee waivers
Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a $60 NONREFUNDABLE application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT, TRIO and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families (the application will walk you through eligibility requirements).
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 online admission application (STEP 3) make up a complete application. We must receive all items by the application deadline.
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 you took college courses while in high school, request that your college or university send official electronic transcripts of your college course work. (Exception: You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.)
If this course work 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 scoresHow do I submit my scores?
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.
Optional: Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
Additional test scores
If English is not your native language, submit one of the following scores:
TOEFL: 79 or higher on Internet-based test, 550 or higher on paper-based test
IELTS: 6.5 or higher
ACT: 21 or higher on the English section
SAT: 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section
New SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test
February 1: Priority financial aid date
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. The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year, and filing by Ohio State’s priority date will provide you maximum aid consideration.