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Greetings from Ohio State!

Beth A. Wiser, PhD

Dear colleagues:

Greetings from Undergraduate Admissions! I am thrilled to reconnect with many former school counseling colleagues, and equally excited to meet and work with new colleagues.

One compelling reason I chose to return to Ohio State is that I firmly believe in the transformative experience that students have here. We're meeting students where they are in their educational journey, giving them numerous paths to earn an Ohio State degree. The fact that we are grounded in creating an inclusive and diverse student body illustrates for me that the university is committed to academic excellence and providing an enriching and supportive campus experience for all students.

In my initial months, I am spending time listening and learning. Specifically, I am listening to the ways our relationship with you is working well and where there may be opportunities for strengthening. We, along with our regional campus partners across Ohio, are committed to sharing the information you need.

Please take a moment to read about important updates from our office.

We are here to answer your questions, and encourage you to reach out to your admissions counselor or email us at Need Ohio State participants for a panel or case study? Reach out to your admissions counselor!

Wishing you and your students all the best in this new year. Thank you for all you do to support your students in their pursuit of postsecondary education!


Beth A. Wiser, PhD
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Application timelines and updates

Plus our test score policy

Our final, regular decision admissions application deadline for the autumn 2020 semester is fast approaching. Please remind your students that all required application items must be received by February 1.

Ohio State continues to require an official test score be sent from the testing agency to our office as part of our admissions review. We consider the highest composite score received from a single test sitting. We are working with ACT to better understand the dynamic changes recently made to the ACT and will appropriately assess impacted areas and share any updates as soon as possible.

As a reminder, our regional campuses do not require a test score.

If you’re working with former students who are considering transfer opportunities, know that our autumn 2020 transfer application deadline is May 1.


Do you have students waiting to hear from us?

About our decision timeline

We anticipate that applicants for autumn 2020 who met our November 1 early action deadline will hear from us by the end of January. Those who meet the February 1 deadline should hear by the end of March.

We know it can be a tough waiting game for those students who haven't heard from us. We anticipate that this year's applicant pool will once again be larger than the previous year's and more competitive than any in university history. The admissions committee has the immense honor and challenge of building an exceptional and diverse incoming class, and they are working as quickly as they can.

Some dates of note:

  • Merit scholarship awards for early action applicants will be posted by the end of February.
  • Students who applied for the Honors Program will have a decision by the end of February.
  • By the end of March, admitted students will be notified via email of a complete financial aid package and final offers for the Morrill Scholarship Program.
  • All final Scholars Program decisions will be out by the beginning of April.

Upcoming financial aid deadlines

February 1 is key

February 1 is the:


Campus visits

The welcome mat is out!

Admitted students for the autumn 2020 semester will begin receiving invitations to on-campus open house programs in mid-January. Please help us encourage all admitted students to join us on campus for Buckeye Bound to get an inside look at the Buckeye community! Students should register early as we anticipate space will fill quickly across the five Buckeye Bound dates.

In select areas, students may also be invited to join us for dinner or to grab a coffee.

Admitted and prospective students can also schedule a traditional admissions overview and tour as their schedules permit.

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

In all cases, we are here to serve as a resource for students who want to learn more about Ohio State. Don't hesitate to contact us if you or a student have questions or need assistance.


Buckeye Student Leadership Academy

June 22-25

Ohio State’s Buckeye Student Leadership Academy is accepting applications for our special summer program for rising Ohio high school seniors who are high achieving, first-generation, rural and/or underrepresented minority students.

BSLA is a free opportunity for students to learn more about the expectations of college life and discover their leadership style.

Participants will also:

  • Attend personal development workshops
  • Meet faculty, staff and students
  • Participate in sample classes
  • Hear about the admissions process and how to afford a college education

Encourage interested students to apply early. Applications are due Saturday, February 1, at 11:59 p.m.


College updates

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is unique in that it offers students interdisciplinary academic programs, allowing them to combine their specific interests across academic areas to design and meet their own vision for the future.

We encourage counselors and prospective students to use our explore tool to research the 80+ major and 100+ minor programs offered within the College of Arts and Sciences, including seven new carefully designed undergraduate majors — Integrated Major in Math and English, Italian Studies, Medical Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Sociology (BS) and Statistics.

We also encourage the use of our future students webpage for students to explore those opportunities outside of the classroom — education abroad, service learning, research and internship opportunities — that serve to enhance the opportunities inside the classroom.

Fisher College of Business

The Fisher Admissions and Recruitment team always appreciates the opportunity to share information with our school counselor partners about the Fisher College of Business. Of note:

  • Review our new School Counselor information page.
  • We offer a variety of visit options for students, business class groups, student organizations and summer programs.
  • If you have questions about Fisher visits, college of business admissions or academic opportunities, please reach out! Email us or call 614-292-7191.

College of Pharmacy

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


Celebrating 150 years

And learning to pronounce "sesquicentennial"

Since its founding in 1870, The Ohio State University has epitomized the belief that in educating our citizenry, we ensure a better tomorrow for ourselves and as a society. In 2020, Ohio State will mark 150 years with a global celebration for all Buckeyes.

Visit the Ohio State Sesquicentennial website to learn how we are exploring our history, celebrating who we are today and envisioning our future. Take a few minutes to view the stories and add your voice to the global performance of "Carmen Ohio." And please encourage your students to do the same! We also invite you to join the community open house and celebration on March 21 in Columbus.


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