The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Transfer Students

Admission criteria

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.

Apply step-by-step

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

Follow these instructions if you are a U.S. resident applying to transfer to Ohio State.

STEP 1 – Know the deadlines


Summer Term
(May - July)

Autumn Semester
(Aug. - Dec.)

Spring Semester
(Jan. - Apr.)

Application deadline
Deadline for all required application materials.
Late registration

Mar. 1

July 1

Nov. 1

Priority date for financial aid
Financial aid step-by-step.

Feb. 1

Feb. 1

Feb. 1
(previous year)

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


Application prep

Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.

Your planned major

To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read Undecided? if you're not sure what to major in.

Personal statement

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.

Pre-professional programs

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.

Application fee

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.

Official transcripts

University transcripts

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
  • 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 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 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.

Check out this helpful financial aid Apply Checklist.

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.

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. On the left side of the page, click Change email Delivery.
  3. Select “Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university’s email service” and click Submit.
  4. That’s it! Your email username is Check your email at 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.

  1. Go to and log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.
  2. Click Academics and Records.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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

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

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.