Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.
Common Application questions
Writing: Personal essay
Ohio State requires a personal statement essay in response to one of the prompts provided. If you'd like to work on your response before beginning your application, here's a list of this year's essay prompts.
Courses & Grades: Self-reported transcript
Ohio State requires applicants to report their transcript information. A Course Assistant wizard will walk you through the steps. Your counselor is aware of this requirement and can provide you with your high school transcript. You may only skip this step if you are homeschooled and can't get a high school transcript; if your transcript doesn't use grades; or if your high school doesn't use semesters, trimesters, quarters or block scheduling.
Ohio State-specific questions
General: Preferred admission plan
Select "Early Action" if you are applying for autumn semester and plan to meet our November 1 early action deadline. Otherwise, select "Rolling Admission."
General: School-specific fee waivers
If you have been given a fee waiver code for one of the programs listed, please select the program and enter your fee waiver code.
Academics: 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.
Academics: Opportunities beyond the undergraduate level
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.
Academics: Alternate campus (Ohio residents only)
If you are not admitted to the Columbus campus, you will have the option of starting your Ohio State degree at a regional campus and changing to Columbus later. If you don't select an alternate campus, you will be automatically admitted to one.
Academics: Honors and Scholars Programs
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program and respond to the H&S essay prompt. If you wish to apply for the Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship, you must indicate interest in the University Honors Program and complete the Eminence Application.
Academics: Morrill Scholarship Program
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the Morrill Scholarship Program and respond to the MSP essay prompt. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement under Activities.
Application fee and fee waivers
Before submitting your application, you will be asked for a $60 NONREFUNDABLE application fee. Ohio State accepts ACT, SAT, TRIO and other fee waivers meant to assist low-income families (the application will walk you through eligibility requirements).
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.
Writing ability, as demonstrated in The Common Application essay and University of Cincinnati personal statement, is considered during application review. First-year students applying to Cincinnati's Main Campus must complete some writing components.
The Common Application Essay
Students must choose one of the following topics to complete an essay of no more than 650 words:
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
- Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
- Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
Cincinnati Personal Statement
Students must also submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt in approximately 250 words:
- Obtaining a college degree requires persistence and the ability to stay focused on the end result. Share with us a long-term goal that you had, the steps/process you took to obtain that goal, and how you overcame any obstacles that you encountered. This goal could be academic, personal, or extracurricular in nature.
CCM — Many College-Conservatory of Music programs require additional items. Consult the CCM Application Handbook for more information.
Nursing — Students applying to the nursing program must provide a short essay for the following additional essay prompt: Discuss what person, incident, or experience in your life influenced you most to pursue a career in nursing.