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Greetings from Ohio State!

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I hope you enjoyed a productive spring and are looking forward to summer break.

As we head into summer, we're staying busy! We're getting ready to add a new admission application this fall: the Coalition Application. Ohio State is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, along with nearly 100 public and private universities and colleges across the United States. The Coalition is looking at the admission process in terms of how universities can make college more affordable and accessible for students from diverse backgrounds, and help students to be successful in completing their education. Read more about the Coalition Application -- and the Locker -- below.

And we're very excited to welcome counselors to our favorite city of Columbus for the NACAC Conference this fall! We are preparing some Ohio State events for you, and the city of Columbus is getting ready to shine for you, too! Read more below.

Please read on for more important updates. And thank you, truly, for all you've done this year to help college-bound students make those tough choices (even those not bound for Ohio State).

Have a wonderful summer,

Vern Granger
Associate Vice President and Director of Admissions

P.S. We want to stay connected. If you have questions for us, or information to share, just email your territory manager!









Coalition Application update

Ohio State will accept both the Common Application and the new Coalition Application

Ohio State's Coalition Application -- like the Common Application -- will be available on August 1 for freshmen applying to the Columbus campus for fall 2017. More Ohio State-specific information is to come, but you can learn more about the coalition at

Ohio State has three applications for undergraduates, all found at

Population Common App or
Coalition App
Internal App
New freshmen applying to Columbus x  
New freshmen applying to regional/ATI   x
Transfer students   x


The Locker is open

The Locker, one of the tools in the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Platform, opened in April at The Locker is a free, private, online space for students to collect and organize materials throughout their high school journey.


Whether they use the Locker to collect information about colleges or store classwork and projects, students can confidentially save documents that may be useful later in the college search and application process. While only the student will have access to the Locker, they will be able to share documents with their counselors, teachers and mentors who can provide guidance along the way. The Locker is not visible to universities and colleges, but students can use the information from the Locker as a resource when applying to institutions via the Coalition App (available August 1) or the Common App.

How can a student use the Locker?

  • Store or record proudest moments and best work in high school, such as a personal journal, awards, list of part-time jobs and summer work, videos or pictures from competitions or service projects, essays and research papers worth noting, audio and video files.
  • Get feedback on individual items in the Locker from school counselors, trusted mentors and parents via the Collaboration Space tool.

Who can access the Locker?

  • The Locker is controlled by the student and will not be visible to Ohio State.
  • While a student may upload documents or materials required to complete his or her application and may use the Locker to identify universities and colleges of interest, the Locker and its contents will not be used to measure demonstrated interest or factor into admissions decisions.

How students create a Locker

  1. Go to and select "Create Account."
  2. Enter an email address, password and legal name. This basic information can be transferred directly to the Coalition Application, saving time and effort later.
  3. Verify the email address entered after receiving an email from the Coalition.
  4. Sign in to Locker using the address and password.

Note: Once an account is created and the profile started, the student can access his or her Locker. The profile is saved automatically and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Learn more about the Locker and Coalition Application:










Get ready for NACAC on September 21!

Make plans to join us in Columbus for the national conference

While here, we know you'll see why Columbus is such a great city for college students -- and why so many recent graduates continue to call Columbus home.

Additionally, we invite you to visit Ohio State by arriving early to participate in a campus visit program on Wednesday, September 21. Visit the Ohio State NACAC page for details.

We are also hosting a welcome reception the evening of Wednesday, September 21, at the iconic North Market. More information about this reception will be sent at a later date.









Important new financial aid deadlines

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.

By moving the date up, applicants will no longer have to use estimated income and tax information or rush to file their taxes. Instead, they can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to retrieve current data that already has been reported to the IRS.

Ohio State is also moving the early filing date for the FAFSA and the Application for Special Scholarships 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.









No writing required

Reminder: We're eliminating writing from our ACT and SAT requirements

Ohio State will no longer require ACT or SAT scores "with writing," starting with the autumn 2017 application.

In addition, for students applying for the autumn 2017, summer 2017 or spring 2018 term, Ohio State will accept scores from either the current or new SAT exam.









New websites are student-focused

Student Financial Aid site is live; Undergraduate Admissions site will go live in July

These important sites have been redesigned with plenty of student testing. While a financial aid website may not be your idea of a good beach read this summer, we think you'll be impressed with The new site is responsive (meaning it looks great and works well even on a phone), accessible (it's built to play well with screen readers) and it's organized by student type, to give a student just what he or she needs when it's needed.

The Undergraduate Admissions site will follow suit, and introduce a new majors search tool and step-by-step application instructions by audience. Look for it in July at

And 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)
  • Find useful links to admissions information

Go to the counselor website