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Greetings from Ohio State!

Gail Stephenoff

Dear colleagues:

We're writing with some important updates. It's a busy time of year, so we'll keep them brief!

First, it has been a pleasure to serve as the interim executive director the past year; it has been an honor working with and getting to know many of you. I am excited to share that Beth Wiser will be joining the Ohio State team as the new executive director for Undergraduate Admissions, effective November 18. Read more about Beth below! I’ll continue to serve Ohio State as special assistant to the associate vice president for Strategic Enrollment Planning.

Second, we want your feedback on our visits to your high schools; please take a moment to comple the post high school visit survey sent by your admissions counselor. Your responses help us make future visits even better.

Remember, we are always available to answer your questions — just reach out to your territory manager or email us at


Gail Capel Stephenoff
Interim Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Welcome, Beth Wiser

A Buckeye returns home

Beth Wiser has accepted the position of executive director of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning on November 18. Beth has an impressive track record in the field of admissions and enrollment, and we are excited for her to bring this experience back to Ohio State.

Beth comes to us from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was most recently the director of visitor experience. In this role, she developed and led the implementation of the visitor experience strategic plan and oversaw the creation and operation of the university’s first Welcome Center.

Previously, Beth was the executive director of admissions for the University of Vermont, where she increased first-time, first-year applications by 15 percent, exceeded university goals for entering class academic quality, grew campus visit programs, built an international enrollment plan, and worked collaboratively with colleges and units to develop and meet first-year and transfer enrollment goals.

Prior to her time at Vermont, Beth served as associate director of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience at Ohio State, where she provided leadership to outreach and recruitment staff and worked collaboratively with campus visit and marketing teams, as well as recruitment partners.

Beth received her BA in educational studies from Emory University and holds an MA and PhD from Ohio State in education policy and leadership. She has served the admissions profession as chair of the ACT Statewide Assembly and was an executive board member of both the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling and the New England Association for College Admission Counseling.


Campus visits

The welcome mat is out!

We encourage you and your students to join us on campus this fall for a campus visit and tour! Students can schedule a campus visit online.

Do you have a class or group you’d like to bring to campus? Request a group tour for your 9th-12th grade students.


Do you have students waiting to hear from us?

"I've applied to Ohio State. When will I get a decision?"

Here's the short answer:

  • Applicants who submit a complete application by our November 1 early action deadline will receive a decision by the end of January.
  • Those who meet our final application deadline of February 1 will receive a decision by the end of March.

But as you know, it’s more complicated in reality. Students who meet our November 1 deadline will get a decision, but that decision might be “defer.” Defer means that we have not yet made a final decision. Following the application deadline, deferred applications are reviewed a second time, giving particular consideration to academic performance, competitiveness of the applicant pool and available space.


Financial aid

2020-2021 financial aid timeline

October 1: 2020-2021 FAFSA opens

November 1: Students must submit completed admissions applications to be considered for merit scholarships

February 1: Students must complete the FAFSA and Special Scholarships Application (Ohio State username and password required)

End of March: Students are notified via email of a complete financial aid package


College updates

Fisher College of Business

The Fisher College of Business always appreciates the opportunity to share information with our school counselor partners. Please reach out to our Fisher Admissions and Recruitment team to:

  • review the college's newly created School Counselor information page
  • learn about a variety of visit options for students, business class groups and student organizations
  • ask about visits, admissions and academic opportunities

Email us or call 614-292-7191.

College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy has a new viewbook that allows counselors and students to learn more about our offerings.

For students interested in the College of Pharmacy Early Assurance Program: EAP applications are now available and must be submitted by January 31. The EAP guarantees admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program without the Pharmacy College Admissions Test if EAP requirements are met by graduation.


NEW Alumni Scholars Program

Financial assistance from your local alumni club

The Ohio State University Alumni Scholars Program is intended to recruit, recognize and financially assist outstanding incoming freshmen. The Alumni Association coordinates this program with the support of local alumni clubs, the offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, and University Development.

Successful applicants will:

  • apply to the university by November 1 (preferred)
  • be accepted to The Ohio State University (preferred)
  • demonstrate academic merit
  • demonstrate involvement in their school and community
  • show a sound interest in and positive attitude toward college work
  • be residents of or attend high school in a district where a participating alumni club’s membership is based

Varsity student-athletes (even walk-on status) may be eligible, but Ohio State Compliance must approve the award on a case-by-case basis.

Interested students should complete the Alumni Scholars Program Application between November 1 and February 1. Most recipients will be notified of their award in spring.

If you have questions, contact Leslie Smith at 614-292-6576 or


Our school counselors website is for you!

At, you can:

  • Check the application status of your students (click "Counselor login"; if needed, request login credentials by following the instructions on the site)
  • Find useful links to admissions info
  • Read previous issues of Admissions News