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Ohio State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Ohio State University (OSU) starts its admission process in autumn and spring. In 2019, Ohio State university saw a total enrollment of 68,262 students out of which 53,669 were undergraduate students and the remaining were enrolled into graduate and professional programs. About 61% of the admitted students were in the top 10% of their high school class.

The admission to OSU is selective. The university reviews the applications holistically and admits applicants who have the ability to lead, contribute and engage with a diverse campus community. February is the application deadline for admission to the autumn semester, although December applications are given full consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

Over 75% of students receive some form of financial assistance. As per the survey conducted by Ohio State University, the average ACT for the enrolled freshman in 2019 ranged from 20.6 to 29.5 for all five campuses. The university’s ranking, location and large international community are few of the many reasons which makes it a great place to study in the US.

Factors affecting admissions in OSU are -

  • Successful completion of a college preparatory high school curriculum, class rank or GPA, and ACT/SAT scores.
  • Advanced high school coursework, ethnic, racial, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity affect the admission of an applicant
  • It is always better to apply early to enhance the chances of getting admission. The early acceptance rate is 62.4%


Application formUG: Coalition Application and the Common Application
PG: University’s website
Intake seasonsSpring, Autumn
Application feeUG: 70 USD
PG: 70 USD
Mode of PaymentVisa, MasterCard or Discover
Acceptance rate54%
Test scoresUG: ACT/SAT
Average GPA (2019)3.45
Average GMAT (2019)680
Average GRE (2019)309 (composite score)
Graduation rate64.6%
Average retention rate94.5%
International students6739

Ohio State University Deadlines

Undergraduate program
SpringOctober 1
AutumnEarly action: Nov. 1
Regular decision: Feb. 1
Graduate programVaries with program

Ohio State University International Admissions

The university welcomes more than 6000 international students from 100 countries. The initial point of contact for international students is the Office of International Affairs.

International students do not receive U.S. federal financial aid. However, they are eligible to be considered for University Fellowships and aid offered by the specific graduate program in the form of teaching, administrative and research assistantships. Also, the Office of International Affairs provides a few Graduate/Professional Student Grants and Scholarships.

English Language requirements

It is necessary for international applicants who don’t have English as their native language to provide proof of proficiency in the language of teaching at Ohio State University.Applicants must provide scores of either TOEFL/IELTS/SAT (Reading test)/ACT(English section)

79 (iBT)
IELTS7.0 or higher
SAT (Critical reading section)500
ACT (English section)21

Academic requirements – ACT/SAT scores, Official transcripts (translated into English)

Additional documents – Letter of recommendation(optional), Proof of financial support, Passport

After admission, all students of Ohio State University are required to purchase an Ohio state student health insurance.

Visa Process

Admitted applicants will be reviewed by the admissions office to check their funding for a financial review.

If not funded fully by Ohio State University, international applicants must present clear evidence of having sufficient funding to afford their tuition and other expenses.

Form I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued once the admitted applicant has completed their financial review.

Students will be required to pay the required SEVIS fee before they visit the US consulate/embassy for obtaining their F-1 or J-1 visa.

Ohio State University Undergraduate Admissions

Ohio State University offers 200+ major undergraduate programs. To enroll in the intended major major program you have to fulfill prerequisites of the desired program. However, some majors are competitive and have only a limited number of seats, so fulfilling the minimum requirement doesn’t guarantee admission.

All academic major programs at OSU are offered by degree-granting colleges or schools and have their own academic requirements.

Academic requirements

  • Official transcripts from the final four years of high/secondary school(9-12)
  • Required standardized tests scores sent directly from the agency
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Proof of financial support

Supporting documents - Recommendation from a teacher/counselor(optional)

Ohio State University Graduate Admissions

Each graduate program sets its own application deadlines and review schedule. The applicant must complete the application with all supporting credentials by the application deadline.

Top Graduate Courses Opted in 2019
  • Some graduateprograms have their own specific reference/recommendation form, so be sure to confirm their requirements.
  • Most programs make their admission and financial aid decisions between the months of January and March for the following autumn term.
  • OSU requires the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Three-year degrees are not generally recognized to be equivalent. If the applicant has a three-year degree then the applicant must complete a master’s degree or an approved postgraduate diploma.
  • If the applicant is fully funded by OSU, the university will review the funding and passport to finalize admission, and issue a student visa.
  • However, if the applicant is not fully funded, the university will ask for a copy of the passport and the Affidavit of Support to begin an applicant’s financial review. The applicant must pass this review before the university can finalize the admission and issue student visa.

Academic requirements - GRE/GMAT scores, Official Transcripts/ Academic record.

Depending on the program, an audition, portfolio, sample of written work, GRE or GMAT test score, etc., may be required.

Additional documents - Three letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose.

Language requirements - Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to OSU. The requirement may vary from program to program.

Some of the most popular programs offered by Ohio State University along with their admission requirements and international deadlines are tabulated below:

RequirementsMBACSELawM.S DentistryMS Biomedical Engineering
DeadlinesRound 1: December 1
Round 2: January 12
Round 3: February 16
Round 4: May 10
December 1(Admission seeking financial support)
January 31(Admission not seeking financial support)
March 31September 15Fall- May 1;
Spring- October 1
Application PortalFisher College of BusinessApplyYourselfLSAC/University applicationAADSASApplyYourself
Application Fee70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD
LOROptional, Three if applying for a FellowshipThree requiredTwo requiredThree requiredRequired
Additional RequirementsVideo Interview, Live interview(by invitation only)Statement of purpose, Resume/CVResume, Personal Statement, Essays(optional)MELAB, Resume, Statement of Purpose, Minimum GPA- 3.6, Minimum scores in DAT(AA,PAT,TS)- 20Minimum GPA >3.0; Some relevant coursework in life science

Admission to Ohio State University is competitive. The university analyses the application on various parameters such as academic records and soft skill set of the candidate. So, to secure admission you need to exceed the minimum requirements. Admission decisions timeline may vary from program to program.

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