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Ohio State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Shishant Kumar

Ohio State University (OSU) starts its admission process in autumn and spring season. In 2018, the university received 52540 applications for undergraduate admissions out of which only 24943 were offered admission.

The admission in 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.

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, Master Card or Discover
Acceptance rate54%
Test scoresUG: ACT/SAT
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.

Language requirements - TOEFL/IELTS/SAT (Reading test)/ACT(English section)

IELTS6.5 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

Ohio State University Undergraduate Admissions 

Ohio State University offers 200+ major undergraduate programs. To enrol in the intended major major program you have to fulfil 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 has their own academic requirements.

Academic requirements - SAT/ACT, Official transcripts

Scores must come directly from the testing agency.

ACT (middle 50%)27-32
SAT (middle 50%)1280-1410

Supporting documents - Letter of Recommendation(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.

  • Some graduate programs 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 post-graduate diploma.
  • If the applicant is fully funded by OSU, the university will review the funding and passport to finalize admission, and issue 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.

Exam typeMinimum requirements

Ohio State University MBA Admissions

The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on a rolling admissions basis. It is always better to apply early for scholarship considerations and to get admission in the desired field.

Application DeadlineApril 15
Application PortalFisher College of Business
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGMAT/GRE, Official transcripts
Supporting DocumentsResume, Essay, Letters of Recommendation, Video Interview, Live interview(by invitation only)
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL/IELTS, Passport copy
Course Fee53,642 USD

Ohio State University CSE Graduate Admissions 

To get admission in CSE graduate program of OSU, the applicant will need an undergraduate degree in computer science engineering or have done courses in the same field.

Application DeadlineDecember 1(Admission seeking financial support)
January 31(Admission not seeking financial support)
Application Portalhttp://www.gradapply.osu.edu
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE, Official transcripts
Supporting DocumentsThree letters of recommendation, Statement of purpose, Resume/CV, Proof of financial support
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, MELAB
Course Fee38,691 USD

Ohio State University Law Admissions 

Application DeadlineFall: April 15
Spring: October 15
Application PortalLSAC/University application
Application Fee50 USD
Academic RequirementsOfficial Transcripts
Supporting DocumentsLetters of recommendation, Resume, Personal Statement
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS
Course Fee49058 USD

Ohio State University M.S. in Dentistry 

Application Portalgradapply.osu.edu
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE/GMAT
Supporting DocumentsOfficial transcripts, Three letters of recommendation, Resume, Statement of Purpose
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL/IELTS/MELAB
Course Fee38,181 USD

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 the admission you need to exceed the minimum requirements.

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