If you are an Ohio resident, you may apply for admission to the Mansfield campus. If you have earned at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on your college course work, we will review your academic performance in college to determine your eligibility for admission.
Are you pursuing a degree at another college or university? Only apply as a transfer student if you will pursue a degree from Ohio State. Students currently enrolled at another post-secondary institution interested in transferring Ohio State credit back to their home institution should apply through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.
Are you already attending Ohio State? If you'd like to change to a different Ohio State campus, learn about your next steps at campuschange.osu.edu.
Follow these instructions if you are a U.S. resident applying to transfer to Ohio State.
STEP 1 – Know the deadlines
Priority date for financial aid
Acceptance fee deadline
See your Acceptance Fee Statement
See your Acceptance Fee Statement
See your Acceptance Fee Statement
STEP 2 – Know the majors and courses offered on the Mansfield campus
Depending on the number of credit hours you are transferring and your desired major, the Mansfield campus may be a great option. Ten complete, four-year degree programs can be completed on the Mansfield campus.
Tip: If you’ve completed a lot of course work already, be sure the courses you need to progress toward a degree are offered. Contact us for more information.
STEP 3 – Submit the online application
Apply here: Admission application for transfer students
Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.
Your planned major
Completing the personal statement is required for students whose academic records include interruptions in education. It is optional for others. Find the personal statement section under the “Program data” tab on the application.
Ohio State offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.
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. Students receiving the Pell Grant are also eligible for a fee waiver. To request a waiver, check the box in the Application Fee Waiver section of the application indicating the program for which you qualify. You will not be prompted to pay the application fee in order to submit the application. Send us appropriate documentation. Fee waiver requests will be verified by Undergraduate Admissions.
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 admission application make up a complete application. Your academic record will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for admission to the university.
Request that all colleges or universities you’ve attended send your official transcript to Ohio State. Include a transcript of any college course work taken in high school. You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.
How to send your transcripts to Ohio State:
- If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.
- For other institutions, request electronic delivery if available 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 from, have your school email your transcript directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, 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.
If this course work was completed at a school outside of the United States, note that foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.
Additional requirements if you have earned fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours
High school transcripts
If you have fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours at the time of application, your high school transcript is required. Request that your high school send your official high school transcript to Ohio State, electronically if possible. Faxed transcripts are not accepted.
- High school transcripts are not required if you graduated from high school before April 1, 1984, and are applying to a regional campus.
Official ACT or SAT scores
If you have taken either test, in the last two years, you must submit an official ACT or SAT score sent directly from the testing agency. Scores are not required from applicants who will have been out of high school for two or more years by their term of enrollment.
Additional test scores
If English is not your native language, submit one of the following scores:
- TOEFL: 79 or higher on Internet-based test, 550 or higher on paper-based test
- IELTS: 6.5 or higher
- ACT: 21 or higher on the English section
- SAT: 500 or higher on the Critical Reading section
- New SAT: 27 or higher on the Reading Test
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.
STEP 6 – Learn about transfer credit
Course credit will transfer to Ohio State if the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution, the course was non-remedial, and you received a C- or better. In a few cases, a D or D+ may transfer; download Transfer Credit Policy and see page 7 for information.
In many cases, credit for equivalent courses is received when transfer credit is awarded. Visit transferology.com for details about the transferability of course credit to and from Ohio and regional institutions.
Ohio State offers credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and DSST Exams. Visit go.osu.edu/creditbyexam for more information.
Military transfer credit will be accepted according to the American Council on Education’s recommendation, as listed on the Joint Services Transcript. Individual colleges determine how this credit is applied. Get
admissions information for veterans.
After you apply
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.
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.
Watch for a decision
While we will notify you as to our admission decision, the decision will also appear in your Applicant Center.
Your admission decision will also appear in your Applicant Center, reflecting one of the following admission decisions:
Admit: Congratulations, you have been admitted to Ohio State! A notice about enrollment requirements and information about specific college enrollment are on the way.
Deny: At this time, you do not meet our admission requirements. To be considered for another semester, you may remain at your current college or university and improve your academic record. If you are not currently enrolled, you may enroll at another college or university and improve your academic profile. In both cases, you will need to contact us to update your application for a future semester.
After you are admitted
Congratulations on your admission! To keep your admission to Ohio State on track, you have some steps to complete.
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 username is email@example.com. Check your email at buckeyemail.osu.edu several times a week until school begins, and then daily.
What if I have not activated my username? Get instructions.
How do I send my email to my phone? Get instructions.
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.
View your Transfer Credit Report and get credits evaluated
If you submitted a transcript(s) from your previous institution(s) to be evaluated for transfer credit, you may have some action steps to take before orientation.
- Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu and log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.
- Click Academics and Records.
- Look for two icons: Click Run Your Transfer Credit Report to generate your report. Click Understanding Your Transfer Credit Report to download important instructions on reading the report and getting courses evaluated.
- For courses requiring evaluation before orientation, it is your responsibility to contact the coordinator(s). Failure to do so may result in a delay in your ability to schedule courses for your degree program. Contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office for assistance.
Submit your final university transcript
If you have completed courses that would not appear on the transcript your college(s) already sent to Ohio State, please request that a final electronic transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.
What to do after you pay your acceptance fee
Register for orientation
Orientation information for students admitted to the Mansfield campus is sent on a rolling basis as acceptance fees are received. Transfer students must register by phone.
If you are admitted for autumn term
Orientation invitations are sent to Ohio State email accounts beginning May 1, as acceptance fees are paid.
If you are admitted for spring or summer terms
Orientation invitations are sent to Ohio State email accounts beginning in mid-October for spring term admits and mid-March for summer admits.
Before orientation, you will:
Complete required placement testing online. (English and math testing is completed online prior to orientation).
During orientation, you will:
- Complete Spanish, French, or German placement testing (optional).
- Attend a group academic planning and advising session and schedule classes.
- Learn about the diversity of Ohio State resources.
What if I want to change my major?
Select your intended major during online orientation registration.
Apply for housing
Note! On-campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon space availability. Priority, when space is available, is given to transfer students who graduated from high school within the last two years. Learn more about on-campus and off-campus housing at University Housing.
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.
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.Learn more at mansfield.osu.edu/housing
Receive your financial aid notification
If you are admitted for autumn semester, financial aid packages are generally available by late February. 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.