Deadlines, requirements, the application … this section walks you through the process of applying.
Follow these instructions to apply as a freshman to the Mansfield campus. You must be a resident of Ohio and a high school graduate (or soon to be) who has never enrolled at a college or university (don’t count college classes you may have taken in high school).
STEP 1 – Plan to test early
While required for the Columbus campus, the ACT & SAT are optional for the Mansfield campus. However, if you test, you must report your scores. When you take the ACT or SAT, indicate that you want your scores sent to Ohio State.
Ohio State’s ACT code: 3312
Ohio State’s SAT code: 1592
Applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment are not required to submit scores.
STEP 2 – Know the deadlines
We strongly encourage you to apply by the deadline, as courses and financial aid are subject to availability. After the deadline, please contact the admissions office directly to schedule an appointment to apply in-person (subject to applicable admission rules and requirements).
Priority date for financial aid
Acceptance fee priority deadline
|See your Acceptance Fee Statement||May 1||See your Acceptance Fee Statement|
STEP 3 – Submit the online application
Your planned major
Application fee and fee waivers
Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a NONREFUNDABLE $60 application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families.
Planning to apply for financial aid?
Supply your Social Security Number on your admission application if you plan to file the FAFSA and want Ohio State to receive it, or if you are the child of an Ohio State employee using the Dependent Tuition Assistance program.
STEP 4 – Submit required application materials
These items plus your online application (STEP 3) make up a complete application.
High school transcripts
Request that your high school counselor send your high school transcript, including your senior year course schedule, to Ohio State (electronically, if possible).
University transcripts (College Credit Plus Students)
If you took college courses while in high school, request that your college or university send final official electronic transcripts of your college course work. (Exception: You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.)
If you have credit from a state (public) university in Ohio or a community college, when ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcript(s) be sent electronically. Sending paper transcripts by mail or overnight delivery will delay processing time.
For all other institutions, if electronic delivery is offered, choose that option to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select, have your transcript sent directly to email@example.com.
If the institution does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to the address below:
The Ohio State University
PO Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official, and a transfer credit evaluation will not be completed.
- Transcripts that have been in the hands of a student are not considered official.
- Faxed transcripts are never considered official.
- College coursework listed on high school transcripts is not sufficient.
- Any college-level coursework helps determine placement testing requirements.
Official ACT or SAT scores
The ACT & SAT are optional for the Mansfield campus. However, if you test, you must report your scores. We must receive your official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency. Scores from transcripts will not be considered. Read more about score requirements in STEP 1.
How do I submit my scores?
When you take your test, you can indicate that you would like the testing agency to send your scores to The Ohio State University. Or, after you’ve taken the test, you can contact the testing agency and ask for them to send your scores to Ohio State. In either case, the testing agency will take care of the rest.
Additional test scores
Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.
STEP 5 – Apply for financial aid
February 1: Priority financial aid deadline
Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid. If you already missed the February 1 deadline, complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.
After you apply
Steps to take after you've applied for admission.
Activate your username and password
Within 1 to 5 days of applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will include your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).
- Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.
- Follow the instructions in the email to set up your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center where you can check on the status of your application.
Check your application status
Log in to your Applicant Center where you can monitor the status of your application. Check regularly to make sure you have no outstanding issues or anything left to do.
- On the left under Admissions, you’ll see a link to Application Status. Click that to view the status of your application.
- On the right, you’ll see a section called To Do List. If there are items listed there, click “More” for all available details, including any follow-up comments from Undergraduate Admissions.
Items missing from your application
It may take several days for received materials to be reflected on your status page -- please wait at least five days before inquiring.
Your admission decision
Once your application is complete, your admission decision will typically post within 4 to 6 weeks.
If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and Mansfield campus competitive scholarship application
Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study).
Apply for the Mansfield campus competitive scholarships.
After you are admitted
You've been admitted to Ohio State! Here's what you need to know.
What to do now
Enable your BuckeyeMail email account
From now on, important business communications from Ohio State – like your housing contract, financial aid offer and orientation information – will be sent to the email address we’ve created just for you.
If you already activated your username and created a password (you may have done this as an applicant in order to check your application status), your final step is to enable your BuckeyeMail account.
- Go to my.osu.edu and log in.
- On the left side of the page, click Change email Delivery.
- Select “Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university’s email service” and click Submit.
- That’s it! Your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have not activated my username? Get instructions.
How do I send my email to my phone? Get instructions.
Check your email regularly
Once you've enabled your BuckeyeMail account, log in at buckeyemail.osu.edu to receive and send email. Your email address is: email@example.com.
Check BuckeyeMail several times a week until school begins, and then daily.
Need help with your email activation? Call 614-688-HELP (4357) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and the Mansfield campus competitive scholarship application
Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study).
Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid.
Mansfield campus scholarships.
Accept our offer of admission by paying your acceptance fee
Pay this nonrefundable $100 fee when you receive your Acceptance Fee Statement, which you will generally receive via email within three weeks of admission to Ohio State.
To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission
Log in to your Applicant Center with your Ohio State Username or OSU ID. In the Admissions section, click on the "Accept/Decline" link (it may take up to two weeks after your admission for this link to appear). You may then accept the offer of admission and pay the acceptance fee online.
To delay your admissions term
Contact Undergraduate Admissions before the application deadline for your desired term to discuss your options.
What to do after you pay your acceptance fee
Register for orientation
Orientation is held prior to the opening of each term and is required for all students.
You will receive an email invitation to register for New Student Orientation once it opens. Orientation registration opens based on the term you are admitted:
Autumn Admit: Mid-May
Spring Admit: Mid-October
Summer Admit: Mid-March
Be sure to check your Ohio State email regularly!
What if I want to change my major?
Select your intended major during online orientation registration.
Apply for housing
On-Campus University Housing - Molyet Village Apartments
Submit Your Housing Application
If you requested on-campus housing, an email will be sent to your Ohio State email account providing you a web link containing an online application for your completion. A housing application fee is required for the application to be processed.
Students admitted for autumn semester
Housing information for autumn semester students is emailed to students’ Ohio State email accounts starting in mid-March, based on the date acceptance fees are paid. We process housing contracts in the order we receive them.
Students admitted for spring or summer terms
Housing information is emailed after you have been admitted but no sooner than two months before the start of the desired term.
Off-Campus Housing - Buckeye Village Apartments & more
Receive your financial aid notification
If you are admitted for autumn semester, financial aid packages are generally available by late March. For others, notifications are rolling. Learn more about accepting aid. You will receive an email in your BuckeyeMail account when your financial aid package is available. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by the priority date of February 1.
Students who have paid the $100 Acceptance Fee by May 1 will receive email instructions in early June. This email will only be delivered to Ohio State email accounts. Since demand for these football tickets may exceed the supply, students are encouraged to order early. Once the supply of tickets has been exhausted, the sale will end. For ticket information, visit ohiostatebuckeyes.com and click “Tickets.” Direct further questions to the Athletic Ticket Office: 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) or email@example.com.