New Applicants

Who is eligible to apply as a New Applicant?

Important: Alumni, graduating seniors and former transient/visitor students should follow the instructions outlined on the Returning Students page to apply.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens, permanent residents or political asylees who have a high school diploma or GED, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on any previous college coursework, AND fit any ONE of the following categories are eligible Extended Education applicants:

Undergraduate, non-degree students (more than one term)

  • Are 24 years of age or older
  • Have been out of high school for at least 4 years
  • Have bachelor's degree or higher

Transient/visitor students (one term per year)

  • Are currently enrolled at another college or university and wish to transfer credits back to their home institution (Please note that transient/visitor students are limited to one term of enrollment per 12 consecutive months.)
  • Note: Recent high school graduates entering their first term of college after high school are ineligible for Extended Education.
International Students

Generally, international students must demonstrate the following academic achievements:

  • Secondary school diploma or GED
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or your country's equivalent as determined by Undergraduate Admissions) for all post-high school and university-level coursework
  • In good standing with other colleges or universities attended

In addition, international applicants must:

  • Be 24 years of age and have graduated from high school to enroll as undergraduate, non-degree students
  • OR Be in a degree-seeking program at another university and wish to transfer Ohio State credit back to that institution to enroll as transient/visitor students

Deadlines for New Applicants

Be sure to apply well before the start of the semester or session you wish to attend. It may take up to three weeks for your application to be processed. Late applicants assume the risk of missing the deadline to enroll into courses.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or Political Asylees

Note: Dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 Pandemic


Autumn 2022

Full Autumn Semester and First Session

  • Classes begin: August 24, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

​Second Session

  • Classes begin: October 18, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

Summer 2022

Full Summer Term

  • Classes begin: May 10, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

8, 6, and 4-week Session 1

  • Classes begin: May 10, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

8 and 4-week Session 2

  • Classes begin: June 7, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: May 13, 2022 

 6-week Session 2

  • Classes begin: June 21, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: May 27, 2022

 4-week Session 3

  • Classes begin: July 5, 2022
  • Online Application Deadline: June 10, 2022


International Students

Autumn 2022

Full Autumn Semester and First Session

  • Classes begin: August 24, 2022

Second Session

  • Classes begin: October 18, 2022

Autumn Semester International Application Deadline: July 29, 2022


Summer 2022

Full Summer Term

  • Classes begin: May 10, 2022

8, 6, and 4-week Session 1

  • Classes begin: May 10, 2022

8 and 4-week Session 2

  • Classes begin: June 7, 2022

 6-week Session 2

  • Classes begin: June 21, 2022

 4-week Session 3

  • Classes begin: July 5, 2022

Summer Term International Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

How to Apply as a New Applicant

Important: The application process is different depending on your qualifications. Please take our short questionnaire to confirm that you are eligible and following the correct steps to apply. This may also save you from paying the $60 non-refundable application fee.

International Students

To start the application process, international applicants should contact an international counselor in Undergraduate Admissions at and must pay a $70 application fee.

U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Political Asylee Students

For U.S. citizens, permanent residents and political asylees, there is a $60 non-refundable application fee required upon submission of your application. If you have paid an undergraduate application fee to Ohio State within the last 12 months, you may not need to pay another application fee. Call 614-292-8860 to speak to an admission counselor to verify if you must pay the fee.

If you're ready to apply and have confirmed your eligibility, complete the online application.

If you do not meet eligibility requirements, your application is subject to cancelation even after admission.

If you need assistance completing the application, please review our Tips to Complete the Application which will open in a new window. We recommend keeping the tips in a separate window to reference while completing the application.