After you apply

Activate your username and password

Within three days of applying, you will receive an email from Ohio State 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

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 FAQ

Log in to your Applicant Center and click Application Status to view your admissions status and any incomplete To Do items.

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, it will be listed as "incomplete." Log in to your Applicant Center and click Application Status to view details about incomplete To Do items.

Once an item is processed, it will be marked “complete” or it will no longer appear in the To Do List.
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.

First-year applicants – 2025 autumn term entry

Application completion deadline Decision release Reply date
Early action Nov. 1 Dec. 13 for all Ohio residents and Stamps Eminence applicants
Jan. 24 for all non-Ohio residents and international applicants
May 1
Regular decision Jan. 15 March 7 May 1

First-year applicants – 2025 spring term entry

Application completion deadline Decision release Reply date
Nov. 1 rolling 3 weeks after offer of admission

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and the ScholarshipUniverse application

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA and complete the ScholarshipUniverse application by the priority date of February 15 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Check out this helpful financial aid Apply Checklist.

Decision terms

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

Defer: We have not yet made a final decision. Following the application deadline, deferred applications will be reviewed a second time, giving particular consideration to academic performance, competitiveness of the applicant pool and available space.

Options for Ohio Residents: While you are not admitted to the Columbus campus, you have a great alternative: to begin your Ohio State degree at one of Ohio State’s regional campuses (if you didn't choose an alternate campus when you applied, you'll be automatically admitted to one). 

Denial for Nonresidents: You have not been selected for admission. You may apply again later as a transfer student.