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OSU Admissions Questions

When is the deadline for submitting an application for freshman admission to Ohio State? 

There are two ways to apply to Ohio State. Select the option that is right for you. Ohio State has no preference for which application you submit. Submit one – and only one – application per admissions cycle. The application plus all required materials make up a complete application. Ohio State must receive all items by the application deadline – November 1st for Early Action.  For further information on specific requirements and deadlines please visit: apply.osu.edu.

How much does it cost to go to Ohio State and are there extra fees to be in the Honors Program or the Scholars Programs?

There are not any additional fees associated with being in the Honors Program or any of the Scholars Programs.

  • Estimated TOTAL costs for the 2017-18 academic year living on campus (2 semesters of full-time enrollment).
    • Ohio Resident Total = $27,036 [Tuition and Fees ($10,564), Room and Board ($12,292), Books, supplies, other misc./personal expenses (4,180)].
    • NON-Resident Total = $43,834 [Tuition and Fees ($29,668), Room and Board ($12,292), Books, supplies, other misc./personal expenses ($4,874)].  

What merit scholarships are available?

Information on merit awards can be found on the following website: meritawards.osu.edu. Ohio State offers a range of scholarships that reward academic merit. Admitted students are automatically considered for most merit awards if they meet minimum eligibility criteria and submit a complete admission application, including all required materials, by November 1. Scholarships are not guaranteed; they are awarded on a competitive basis. Published criteria represent the minimum qualifications for consideration. Please read each scholarship description carefully for additional deadline information.

The following scholarships require additional steps or have different deadlines:

  • Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship
  • Morrill Scholarship Program
  • Land Grand Opportunity Scholarship

Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible for additional funds. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for need-based aid, including student loans and other special-eligibility scholarships (visit http://sfa.osu.edu/incoming-freshmen/about-aid for more information). 

What are the test taking deadlines, and do we combine ACT/SAT scores?

Standardized test scores are among the factors considered in Ohio State's competitive admissions process, but we do not have a minimum cutoff score. Students should plan to test at least six weeks prior to their admission deadline to allow sufficient time for scores to be sent to Ohio State.

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 combine or average ACT or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores from multiple test dates, mix sub-scores from multiple tests or adjust scholarship values for higher test scores submitted after the scholarship's published deadline (for most, this is November 1).

Official scores from the testing agencies are required; we will not consider scores sent on a transcript as official. Students can request to have score reports sent from the testing agency to Ohio State when they register for the SAT or ACT. Students can also have the score sent at a later date by contacting the testing agency. Ohio State's college codes: ACT=3312; SAT=1592

 

About the Honors & Scholars Programs

What is the difference between the Honors Program and the Scholars Program?

The University Honors Program and the Ohio State Scholars Program are specialized programs for high ability students interested in joining academically stimulating communities within the larger Ohio State community. Both programs are open to students in any of Ohio State's 200+ majors. The basic differences between the two programs are as follows:

  • The Honors Program is primarily a curricular experience, designed for students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and promise.  Honors students should have a desire to pursue a more rigorous curriculum and have a strong interest in conducting research during their undergraduate career.
  • The Scholars Program focuses mostly on experiential learning outside of the classroom, and is designed for students who demonstrate strong academic ability with significant involvement.  Scholars should be passionate about the theme of a specific Scholars program and desire a small, close-knit community.

How are the Scholars Programs organized? 

The Ohio State Scholars Program is comprised of 17 theme-based programs. Your intended academic major does not necessarily need to align with the theme of your Scholars Program.  All of our programs are open to students in any of Ohio State's 200+ majors.  Each Scholars Program has at least one professional staff member who coordinates the activities and events designed to enhance each Scholars student's learning and development in that particular program area.

Can I be in both the Honors Program and the Scholars Program?

No, you cannot initially enroll in both programs as an incoming student. As a first year applicant, you should indicate your interest in being reviewed for membership in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program on your university application. We will ask you to specify your choice program as either University Honors or Ohio State Scholars. You will also need to complete the accompanying Honors & Scholars essay prompt. Selection for both programs is competitive.  If selected, you will only be offered acceptance into one program. Please note that your only opportunity to join the Ohio State Scholars Program is as an incoming freshman. However, currently enrolled Ohio State students (including transfer students) can pursue membership in the Honors Program at a later time. Therefore, Scholars students who meet Honors Program criteria after being on campus for at least one semester may apply to the Honors Program directly through their college of enrollment.

Can transfer students pursue membership into the Scholars Program? 

No, unfortunately our Scholars programs are only open to new first year students starting at Columbus campus during fall semester.

How do transfer students pursue membership into the Honors Program?

Students transferring from other institutions should consult with their intended academic college of enrollment for Honors membership information. The Honors & Scholars Center only manages the applications for new first year students starting autumn semester on Columbus campus.


H&S Admission Questions

How do students apply to the University Honors Program or the Ohio State Scholars Programs?

All autumn semester Columbus campus applicants are welcome to apply to the University Honors and Ohio State Scholars Programs. Accepted students typically have impressive academic records; quality essays demonstrating strong analytical and critical thinking skills; sustained extra-curricular involvement and leadership abilities; and unique talents and/or aptitudes.

  • Step One: Apply for admission to Ohio State by November 1.  Note that the application and all required materials (application fee, test scores, transcripts, etc.) are due by the deadline. Visit apply.osu.edu for more information.
  • Step Two: Indicate your interest in being considered for the Honors or Scholars Programs on the university application. Select which of the two general programs you'd like to be considered for, and respond to the Honors & Scholars essay prompt.  The essay prompt for students applying for autumn 2018 admission is as follows:

To what fictional character do you most relate, and why? You may select a character from animation, art, film, literature, television, theater or any other medium.

  • Step Three: If you are admitted to the Ohio State University Columbus campus and indicated an interest in the Honors & Scholars Programs on your Common Application, you will move on to a competitive holistic review process.
    • ​Decisions regarding acceptance into the University Honors or Ohio State Scholars Program will be sent via email to your address on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • We send notifications on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January and ending mid-April.
    • If selected, you will only be offered placement in one of our programs.
    • Please be sure to follow all instructions for further action; failure to complete required steps may forfeit your placement. 

What are you looking for in students for Honors & Scholars? 

Honors & Scholars has a competitive holistic review process. Accepted students typically have:

Strong academic records

    • ​This category includes the academic/quantitative components of the applicant's file including class rank (GPA), standardized test scores, and college prep curriculum.   The student took full advantage of the academic opportunities (e.g., AP, IB, PSEO, etc.) available at their high school.  The student has impressive test scores and class rank.
​​Extracurricular and/or work experience
    • ​This category includes the applicant's extracurricular involvement, honors/awards, and work experiences at the time of entry to the university. The student demonstrates dedicated, sustained involvement and leadership roles. The supporting activities essay conveys positive attributes (e.g., creativity, dedication, initiative, leadership, etc.).  The student has received unique recognition above and beyond traditional awards.         
​​Essay Response
    • ​This category includes the applicant's ability to demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills. The student expresses creativity and willingness to think beyond traditional structures. The essay causes the reader to think and reflect on the topic.  The student is able to organize and articulate their thoughts. The essay is free of grammatical errors and is written in a clear and concise manner.
​​​Other Attributes
    • This category includes the applicant's skills/abilities, and personal/professional characteristics at time of entry to the university. Some examples of personal and professional characteristics include resiliency, integrity, adaptability, persistence, motivation, and intellectual curiosity.

When will students know whether they've been accepted into Honors or Scholars?

If you are admitted to the Ohio State University Columbus campus and indicated an interest in the Honors & Scholars Programs on your university application, you will move on to a competitive holistic review process.

  • Decisions regarding acceptance into the University Honors or Ohio State Scholars Program will be sent via email to your address on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • We send notifications on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January and ending in April.
  • If selected, you will only be offered placement in one of our programs.
  • Please be sure to follow all instructions for further action, failure to complete required steps may forfeit your placement.
  • If you are offered placement into one of our programs, additional steps are needed.​

If you are offered placement into the Honors Program:

  • ​You will be given Honors affiliation automatically once you pay your acceptance fee to The Ohio State University.
  • The deadline to submit the university acceptance fee is May 1st.

 If you are offered to move further in the Scholars Program process:

  • You will be instructed to complete an online Scholars Program Interest Form.
  • You will be asked to rank your interest in our 17 Scholars programs. 
  • Failure to complete the Scholars Program Interest Form by the indicated date will forfeit your chance for applying for Scholars. 
  • Once you have completed the interest form, you will be notified if you have been accepted into an individual Scholars program placement no later than early April.
  • You will be awarded your individual Scholars affiliation automatically once you pay your acceptance fee to The Ohio State University. 
  • The deadline to submit the university acceptance fee is May 1st. 
Please Note:

Selection for Honors & Scholars is competitive and placement is not decided or guaranteed based solely off of your academic record.

  • If selected, you will only be offered acceptance into one of our programs.
  • All official communication from the Honors & Scholars Center will be sent via email. Notifications will not be mailed to your home address.

Is there a minimum test score or class rank/GPA to be considered for the Honors or Scholars Programs? 

There is not a minimum set of requirements to be considered for either program. We highly encourage all academically motivated students to learn more about our programs and to submit an application.


Scholars Program Requirements

What are the requirements to stay in the Scholars Program? 

In order to remain in good standing in the Scholars Program, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be an active participant in your individual Scholars Program by meeting the requirements outlined by your individual Scholars Coordinator. You must also enroll in a 1 credit hour Scholars Seminar during the fall semester of your first year. 


Scholars Housing Requirements

Do I have to live in a Scholars residence hall if I am admitted to the Scholars Program? 

Yes, you are required to live in the residence hall that is specific to your Scholars Program during your first year as a Scholars student unless you are commuting to campus from home, or you are required to live in specific housing due to a financial scholarship.  We are also unable to allow students to request roommates.

What else do I need to do in regards to Scholars housing? 

In order to be correctly placed with your Scholars program, you must complete your residence hall contract and submit your housing fee on or before May 25, 2018.  Housing assignments are made based upon the date when students submit their residence hall contracts online. Depending upon demand for Scholars housing, it is possible for it to reach capacity. Therefore, Scholars housing is not guaranteed. While contracts submitted after the May 25th deadline will still be accepted, housing will be unable to accommodate these late submissions with their scholars cohort. 

When will I get information about campus housing and learn about my roommate? 

Housing contracts are sent via email from University Housing based upon when students pay their $100 acceptance fee to Ohio State. Students may receive housing contracts as early as March. The contract asks students to indicate the area of campus in which they would prefer to live. If you have been admitted into a Scholars Program you should indicate your Scholars Program on the contract and select the correct area of campus for that program.  Actual housing assignments that specify residence hall, room number, and roommate(s) are sent to students' Ohio State email address in July.

Additional Questions

Can a student receive a Morrill Scholars Program scholarship AND be in either the Honors or Scholars Program?

Absolutely! About 40% of MSP recipients last year took part in our Honors and Scholars Programs. Students can also participate in the ODI Scholars Program run through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and belong to University Honors Program or one of our 17 Scholars Programs.

When will I receive information about orientation? 

Orientation information is mailed to students from University Orientation based upon when students pay their $100 acceptance fee to Ohio State. Students begin receiving information packets in early spring that will allow them to schedule orientation dates.  


Can you provide me with some additional contact numbers?

  • ​Status of freshman applications: 614.292.3980
  • The OSU Academy Program: 614.292.3930
  • Orientation: 614.292.3324
  • Housing Contracts/Assignments: 614.292.8266
  • Financial Aid: 614.292.0300
  • Young Scholars: 614.292.4884
  • Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP): 614.292.0964​