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Greetings from Ohio State

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Welcome back to another exciting year!

In this issue, we want to share important admission updates for 2017 that will impact your college-bound students. These include scholarship changes, reminders about the new application, new dates for applying for financial aid, and our ACT/SAT writing requirement (we no longer require it).

On behalf of the entire staff, we are enthusiastically looking forward to the new school year and to working together with you. Please let us know how we can help you and your students and families as they embark on their college-exploration journeys.

Vern Granger
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services

P.S. We hope to see you at NACAC in September! See details below.









Time and change …

Admission updates for 2017

The Coalition Application *POSTPONED*

Due to a functionality issue that may impact early action applicants, Ohio State will not use the Coalition Application this year.

The Common Application will be the only application for freshmen this year; all students should start at

Ohio State will go live with the Coalition Application August 1, 2017. The Ohio State University is a proud member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, along with more than 90 public and private colleges. The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience for students who wish to pursue higher education. Watch a brief video about the Coalition.

Population Common Application Ohio State Internal Application
New freshmen applying to Columbus x  
New freshmen applying to regional/ATI   x
Transfer students   x


Merit scholarship changes

Changes to eligibility criteria and award amounts for merit scholarships can be found at


How should a student pursue these valuable scholarships?

Freshmen admitted to the Columbus campus for autumn semester are automatically considered for most merit awards if they submit a complete admission application by November 1. However, three scholarships require additional steps or have different deadlines:

  • Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship
  • Morrill Scholarship Program
  • Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship.

Merit scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed.

Can these awards be combined?

Generally not. The National Buckeye Scholarship (for nonresidents) is an exception and can be combined with the Maximus, Provost or Trustees Scholarship.

Does Ohio State offer other aid beyond merit scholarships?

The majority of Ohio State students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and student loans. Students should file the FAFSA by February 1 to receive priority consideration. If they can't make the deadline, they should file as soon as they can.

In addition, Ohio State offers several thousand special-eligibility scholarships with a variety of eligibility criteria. Students should file the FAFSA and complete the Special Scholarships Application, found at, by February 1 for priority consideration.

Helping students understand aid eligibility: By entering a little information about their families and themselves, students can get an estimate of the aid for which they may be eligible at Ohio State. Net Price Calculator:

What's behind changes to this year's merit scholarship offering?

Values of some scholarships were reduced so that Ohio State could offer merit scholarships to more students, and so that we could shift $2 million in funds to need-based aid. The value of National Buckeye increased to assist with recruitment of nonresident students, a goal of the Access, Affordability and Excellence Enrollment Plan. In a few cases, test-score or class-rank minimums changed to more accurately reflect the rising quality of Ohio State applicants and the competitive nature of these awards.

Will AU16 merit awardees who take a gap year receive AU16 values or the new AU17 values?

As stated in Ohio State's Gap Year Policy, if a student is approved for a gap year, merit scholarships are honored at the value of the award for the original term of admission.

FAFSA season to start earlier

As you likely know, families will now be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 application cycle beginning on October 1, 2016, instead of waiting until January 1, 2017. Ohio State is also moving the early filing date for the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application to February 1, 2017, from February 15. Applicants who file by February 1 will be packaged for financial aid earlier, which will help them compare their Expected Family Contributions as they go through the college application and selection process.

ACT and SAT essay no longer required

Starting with the autumn 2017 application, Ohio State will no longer require the essay portion of the ACT or SAT and will accept scores from either the current or new SAT exam.









Get ready for NACAC on September 21!

Make plans to join us in Columbus for the national conference

Ohio State is excited to welcome this year's NACAC National Conference to Columbus! For those high school counselors attending the conference, we encourage you to join Ohio State at one of two different programs:

  • Wednesday, September 21
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Join us on campus for a special visit program just for you.

  • Wednesday, September 21
    6:30 – 10 p.m.
    Ohio State will host a NACAC National Conference Welcome Reception at the historic North Market. Join us for food, drinks, conversation and entertainment.

Please visit to learn more about all visit opportunities and to register.









Admissions staff update

Keith Gehres, director of outreach and recruitment

Undergraduate Admissions was very pleased this summer to announce Keith Gehres as its new director of outreach and recruitment. Keith is known in the counseling community for his outstanding leadership, responsiveness and accountability, skills he honed in his last position of associate director of recruitment. In his new role, he oversees domestic and international freshmen and transfer admissions counseling and territory management, access and diversity initiatives, admissions events, and high school counselor relations. Keith brings a tremendous wealth of experience in student service, student recruitment, admissions and territory management. Please join us in congratulating Keith on this well-earned achievement!

Mark Cortez, associate director of outreach and recruitment

Mark Cortez brings significant experience and leadership to his new post, having served in a variety of admissions roles at Ohio State. Most recently, Mark was assistant director for Transfer Recruitment, and before that, he was an admissions counselor on the Columbus campus (serving Columbus/Central Ohio) and at Ohio State Lima. Mark is now directing efforts that include domestic in-state recruitment, our Cleveland Recruitment Office, transfer and veteran initiatives, international recruitment, and our telecounseling program. Please help us welcome Mark to his new role!

Find your territory manager

You can easily find the territory manager for your area, if you don't yet know him or her. Just browse the list at









New websites are student-focused

Check out the new Undergraduate Admissions site

The sister-site to newly redesigned, our Undergraduate Admissions website has launched. The new site is responsive (meaning it looks great and works well on all devices), accessible (it's built to play well with screen readers) and it features a more robust majors search tool and a step-by-step approach to the application process.

Please let us know what you think!






Our School Counselors website is for you!

  • Check the application status of your students
    (request login credentials by following the instructions on the site)
  • Access useful links to admissions information
  • Find previous issues of Admissions News

Go to the counselor website