According to U.S. News, Ohio State University is considered a more selective school. The Ohio State admissions rate is 53% for regular decision applicants and 59.3% for early action applicants. Fifty percent of students admitted to Ohio State applied with an SAT score between 1340-1480 or an ACT score between 28-33. Although applicants are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT, Ohio State has adopted a test-optional policy for 2024-25 applicants who don’t have test scores or don’t feel that their scores reflect their ability to be successful at OSU.
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The OSU regular decision application deadline is February 1st. For those applying early action, the deadline is November 1st. Although not required, Ohio State Admissions recommends all prospective students applying for the Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP), Honors and Scholars Programs, or majors in the College of Engineering to apply by the November 1st deadline.
Along with their application, students applying for need-based financial aid must file the FAFSA. In order to receive maximum aid consideration, applicants must file their FAFSA by Ohio State’s priority date, February 1st. However, applicants who submit the FAFSA after the priority date will still be considered for financial aid.
Ohio State Admissions is looking for students who embody OSU’s values. They are looking for students who are prepared for the academic rigor of the classroom, who are leaders and collaborators, who will foster diversity on campus, and who will use every opportunity available to thrive at OSU.
All applications are evaluated holistically, meaning Ohio State Admissions will consider every aspect of your application during the admissions process. Your academic achievements, talents, personal interests, and accomplishments will all contribute to your admissions decision. This means Ohio State Admissions will not only review your GPA, college courses, standardized test scores, and extracurriculars but will also take into account your background and your ability to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community.