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BEFORE YOU APPLY [Return to top of page]

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ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION..   [Return to Subject List]

CAN I HAVE PRINTED MATERIALS MAILED TO ME?

In the past we did have printed application forms and bulletins. These materials are no longer available so prospective students are now referred to our website (http://gradadmissions.osu.edu); or, to directly contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions for assistance.

Some graduate programs still have materials for mailing. For program contact information see: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp


HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT JOB OPENINGS FOR ON-CAMPUS OR OFF-CAMPUS POSITIONS?

To find out about available job openings, please visit: www.sfa.osu.edu/jobs.


HOW DO I USE THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL REFERENCE FORM?

IF USING THE PAPER REFERENCE FORM

You should complete the front side of The Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form (http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/refer.pdf). Recommenders complete the back of the form, and attach it to their recommendation letter. These forms are not used with electronically submitted letters. Additionally, some programs have their own specific paper reference forms.

It is very important to provide direct contact information of references so the graduate program is able to contact them via phone, mail, email, or fax, to ask questions. The completed reference forms and letters should be sent directly to your intended graduate program by your recommenders.

IF USING ONLINE REFERENCES

Please list the names and addresses of persons you are asking to complete letters of recommendation on page 6 of the online application. Some Graduate Programs require paper recommendation letters and have specific forms for this purpose. Check your graduate program website, gradadpply.osu.edu/gri.asp, before electing to use electronic references. To use electronic references, answer "Yes" to the question, "Use Online Reference form?" You must list valid email addresses for your recommenders.

Please confirm in advance your references have agreed to submit the reference letter electronically. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their reference letters have been submitted by the deadline. If you use the online process, instructions will be emailed to your references when you submit your application. Electronic references do not require a paper recommendation form.

Public Law 93-380, Educational Amendments Act of 1974, grants students the right to have access to letters of recommendation in their placement files. If, however, you elect to waive access to your letters of reference, select the "Waive Access" checkbox

I AM CONSIDERING POST-DOCTORAL WORK; WHO DO I NEED TO CONTACT?

1. You will want to contact a professor in a department offering your area of research interest. Discuss with them whether any research opportunities are available for you within their department.

2. Additionally, you will need to contact the Office of International Affairs:International Students & Scholars(OIA-ISS), for assistance in obtaining a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. OIA-ISS can be contacted via e-mail at iss@osu.edu

I FORGOT MY OSU USERNAME OR PASSWORD.

You can request assistance or access the information needed at the following websites:


1) http://my.osu.edu: *Go to : “Forgot UserName” or "Forgot Password" Link on this page

- or -

2) Contact 614-688-4357 (8-Help) http://ocio.osu.edu/help/ - to request assistance


If you have additional questions, please contact our office at: gradadmissions@osu.edu. We will be happy to provide assistance.

I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, BUT I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING MY VISA STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES.

If you are an international applicant who has an immigration-related question, please contact the Office of International Affairs(OIA): International Students and Scholars ISS). Their contact information is: Office of International Affairs:International Students and Scholars, Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1219 USA, telephone number 614-292-6101, fax number 614-292-4725, e-mail: iss@osu.edu; or, website: http://oia.osu.edu/. In addition, ISS advisors are happy to discuss the services they provide to over 7,600 international students and scholars at The Ohio State University.

MAY I WRITE TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

The Ohio State University's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions does not respond to correspondence written in a language other than English.

WHAT KIND OF BANK STATEMENTS SHOULD I SEND IN ORDER TO GET A STUDENT VISA DOCUMENT?

Applicants for a student visa must present proof to their University and the U.S. Consulate /Embassy that they have enough funds on deposit to pay for one year of tuition and living expenses. Please refer to the budget sent to you for current tuition figures. When international students are recommended for admission to The Ohio State University, an email is sent inviting them to provide bank statements and an affidavit form (http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/ig-affad.pdf)

An Ohio State University Graduate Fellowship or Associateship award can serve as complete or partial funding. Sometimes Fellowships and Associateships are not sufficient to pay all estimated expenses, particularly when bringing dependents. If you know you are receiving funding, contact Admissions to confirm we have knowledge of your award.

Acceptable Bank/Financial Statements:

- Must document at least our total estimated annual expenses. (See International Graduate Student Budget emailed from our office)
- Must be in English, including the account holder’s name. Handwritten translations are not accepted.
- Must specify the currency type clearly
- Must be from an official of the bank.
- Must be on bank stationery.
- Must be dated no earlier than 12 months before the date you begin your studies.
- The total amount on collective statements must be enough to cover expenses for the first year of study.
- The account holder’s name must match the sponsor’s name on the Affidavit of Support.

Unacceptable Financial Statements:

- Insurance Policies (unless loan or cash value is stated)
- Certified Chartered Accountant Statements
- Real Estate
- Jewelry
- Charge Accounts
-Web financial documents (unless printed on bank letterhead, signed by bank official)
- A completed Ohio State Affidavit of Support form is also needed for admission.

WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO DISABLED STUDENTS AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Applicants with any permanent or temporary disability who may require special assistance, are urged to contact the Office for Disability Services at: 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1297, telephone: (614) 292-3307 (http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu). This office coordinates academic support services and accommodations for individuals who have special needs as a result of a permanent or temporary disability.

Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those individuals with: attention deficit disorder, mobility, hearing, visual, speech, psychiatric, or learning disabilities. If you would like more information about these support services and accommodations, please contact the Office for Disability Services at http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu. Your self referral is required to communicate your interest and need of these services.

WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY REFERENCES AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE? MAY I SEND EVERYTHING TO THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS?

References and the statement of purpose are reviewed by your prospective graduate program. If sending these items via regular mail, send them directly to the graduate program office. Address information may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Letters of reference, CV, and the statement of purpose may be submitted electronically via our online application.


ADMISSIONS PROCESS   [Return to Subject List]

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WHEN I APPLY?

Domestic applicants: A US Social Security number is required if you want to be considered for governmental aid from the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Otherwise, submission of a U.S. Social Security number is optional.

If you opt not to include your social security number on your admissions application and still wish to receive US Federal and State financial aid, please contact our office so we can determine a safe way for you to transmit that information. Never send us your social security number, or name and date of birth via email.

HOW DO I ACTIVATE MY OHIO STATE EMAIL ACCOUNT?

Visit http://my.osu.edu to activate your Ohio State Username; i.e., lastname.#

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE GRADUATE PROGRAMS?

Some graduate programs use a centralized application service. Check, http://gradapply.osu.edu, to know if your program uses one of these services. If it does not, to apply to additional graduate programs you log onto your CollegeNET application account at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osugrad/index.html. Once in your account, you can update information as needed, and select your intended graduate program(s).

Applying to multiple programs (3 maximum) requires the following:

I. For Graduate Program offices: Each program requires a separate on-line application and fee, plus general and department specific admission documents such as:

A. A revised Statement of Intent, CV, and other materials attached to the online application.

B. You must submit new requests to your references via the online application because previously submitted references cannot be viewed by your new program.

C. Check individual program websites for any additional department specific requirements: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp


II. For Graduate Admissions: a separate on-line application and fee is required for each program, but only one set of transcripts is needed.

HOW DO I CALCULATE MY GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)?

To calculate your cumulative GPA from a 4.0
grading scale, multiply the Number value for
letter grades x Hours (see below) = Quality
Points. When you get a total of all quality points
and hours, divide the total quality points by the
total hours. Note: If you have both quarter hours
and semester hours, you will need to first convert
all hours to either semester or quarter hours. To
convert semester hours to quarter hours, multiply
total semester hours by 1.5 to get the equivalent
quarter hours. Or to change quarter hours to
semester, divide quarter hours by 1.5 to find the
equivalent semester hours; e.g., 45 quarter hours
= 30 semester hours
Example Calculation:
Number values for letter grades on a 4.0 scale
A=4.0 B+=3.3 B-=2.7 C=2.0 D+=1.3
A-=3.7 B=3.0 C+=2.3 C-=1.7 D=1.0

Calculation example:
(A) 4.0 x 3 hrs. = 12.0 quality points
(A-) 3.7 x 2 hrs. = 7.4 quality points
(B+) 3.3 x 4 hrs. = 13.2 quality points
Total 9 hrs. = 32.6 quality points

32.6 quality points divide 9 hrs. = 3.62 GPA

I AM A POST-DOC AT OHIO STATE; HOW DO I ENROLL IN GRADUATE COURSES?

1. To enroll in graduate level courses, you will need to apply to the graduate non-degree program. The graduate non-degree application is online at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/nondegree.html

2. To apply for the graduate non-degree program, applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least a 4 year U.S. Bachelor’s Degree. You must attach copies of your Bachelor's degree granting official transcript or diploma to the online application.

3. If you are an international applicant and will need an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States, your ability to be admitted graduate non-degree at Ohio State is restricted. Eligibility is extended to those who are enrolled in a graduate program in another U.S. university who wish to study for one
term as a transient student and transfer the credit back to their home institution, and to those enrolled in established exchange programs or special university-sponsored workshops. Please note: Prospective international students should contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions to confirm eligibility. If you will need a student visa, your application and all supporting documents will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate
School. The Graduate School must approve the application before the University will offer graduate non-degree admission.

4. If you are an international student, recent immigrant, refugee, or asylee, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree outside of the United States, you are required to demonstrate English Proficiency unless you qualify for a waiver. Please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions regarding this requirement. If required, applicants may take an institutional MELAB test to prove English Proficiency through our American Language Program (ALP). Please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions to arrange a time to take the MELAB test. 614-292-9444, gradadmissions@osu.edu. Applicants must have a referral from Admissions in order to take the test.

5. International graduate non-degree applications are subject to a graduate school review. If applicable, note in your application that you are doing research work for The Ohio State University. Proof of the equivalent to at least a 4 year U.S. Bachelor's degree, and English proficiency requirement must still be provided.

I AM PLANNING TO VISIT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AND I WOULD LIKE TOUR INFORMATION.

If you would like to visit campus, please contact the graduate program to which you plan to apply. Contact information may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

I CAN'T ACCESS THE ONLINE APPLICATION. MY USERNAME AND PASSWORD ARE CORRECT.

From: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osugrad/index.html

If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on the "Forgot Password," "Forgot Username," links under "Manage Your Account" section of the log in page.

Ohio State students should be aware that your username and password for the Graduate online application is separate from the OSU Webmail system. Your username and password will not be the same, unless you created it to match your OSU Webmail account information.

I FORGOT MY ONLINE APPLICATION PASSWORD OR USERNAME.

The online application password and username used to apply to The Ohio State University is not the same as the Ohio State password and username you are given subsequent to applying or becoming a student.

You can write help@applyweb.com for general assistance. If you have lost your username, please visit https://www.applyweb.com/public/lostlogin

If you have lost your password, please visit
https://www.applyweb.com/public/lostpass

WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF THE ADMISSION PROCESS?

An applicant should apply online at http://gradapply.osu.edu. You will receive an email immediately acknowledging the receipt of your application. If you are a new applicant with no prior or current affiliation with The Ohio State University, you receive a second email 24-48 hours later from the Office of the Chief Information Officer that assigns an Ohio State ID Number, and username(lastname.#). Applicants with prior affiliation to Ohio State do not receive this email because they already have an ID and username. When the ID and username are not active, they can be activated at: http://my.osu.edu. A third email is sent that instructs applicants to check the status of their application online at http://appstatus.osu.edu.

Most applicants scan and send their transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions via the online application. Their graduate program can also access these uploaded transcripts. To submit transcripts, please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.

Reference letters, and statement of purpose, along with any other required materials such as a portfolio, or departmental applications, are sent to the program office. Reference letters, CVs, Statements of purpose can also be sent to the program via the online application. Please refer to http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for more graduate program information regarding where to send application materials. Applicants should check their status periodically to confirm materials have been received.

Once the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions and graduate program have received all required materials, the Graduate Studies Committee of your program will review your application and make an admissions decision.

The Graduate & Professional Admissions Office will prepare and send either a Notice of Admission or non-selection letter.

If admitted, international students receive an email informing them of their academic admission, and requesting proof of financial support required for a student visa. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reviews all Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and financial statements, before issuing international students a Notice of Admission and visa document.

The entire application process may take several months. Applicants are urged to apply in fall for admission the following Fall Semester. Most Admission decisions are made between January and April.


APPLICATION FEE   [Return to Subject List]

CAN A FRIEND IN THE UNITED STATES PAY MY APPLICATION FEE?

Yes, a third party can pay your application fee. You must give a friend access to your online application where they can pay using Visa, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, or electronic check if they have a U.S. bank account.

CAN I USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION THEN SEND A PAPER CHECK OR MONEY ORDER?

No. Do not complete the on-line application and then send a paper check in the mail to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office or Apply Web.

While you cannot send us a paper check, you can select the "Pay Online with Electronic Check" option if you have a U.S. bank account. No paper checks can be accepted by regular mail.

When you pay by check on-line, it is similar to using a debit card (https://www.applyweb.com/documentation/check.html) Use the Apply Web Secure Check Input Form, fill in your check account number and the bank routing number, along with, all other required information.

Please note, the preferred method of payment is a credit card. Using the online check feature can delay the processing of your application up to 6 business days because we must wait for the check to be cleared by your banking institution.

CAN I USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION WITHOUT A CREDIT CARD?

Yes, but only if you intend to pay by electronic check. Pay By Check is only available to those with U.S. Bank accounts. See https://www.applyweb.com/documentation/check.html

Please note that payment by electronic check may delay the initial processing of your application by a week while your check is cleared by your banking institution.

CAN MY APPLICATION FEE BE WAIVED?

No. University policy states payment of the application fee cannot be waived or postponed. Your application materials will not be received, nor processed without the online payment of the application fee.

Participants in the following programs may be eligible for a fee waiver: CIC Free Apps, McNair Scholars Program, National Name Exchange, STARS, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) or the Graduate & Professional Student Visitation Day (GPSVD), Teach for America (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only),City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), City Year (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), Americorps (John Glenn School of Public Affairs applicants only), ABRCMS/SACNAS (IBGP-PHD applicants only), USAID or DIKTI, PGD Program.

If you are a domestic student and feel that you qualify for a waiver of the application fee based on economic hardship, please click on this link to review the guidelines for this fee waiver:
http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/pfwf.pdf

HOW CAN I PAY THE APPLICATION FEE?

Payment of your application fee must be made on-line in order for your application to be submitted. When you have completed the application and are ready to send it, click "Submit" at the bottom of the last page. This saves your data in its final form and takes you to the payment page where you pay your application fee online. Your application is not sent to The Ohio State University until you pay your application fee and it is authorized.

On the payment page, you can pay your application fee by debit/credit card or electronic check (US bank accounts only). If you are paying by debit or credit card, provide all information including the complete credit card number, expiration date, and card billing information. For payments to be processed, please carefully verify the billing address entered is exactly as it appears on your credit card statement, then click "Submit". Payment by electronic check is available online to those with U.S. bank accounts only. Do not send a paper check or credit card information by mail when applying online.

HOW MUCH IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

With the exception of some Fisher College of Business programs, the Graduate School application fee is US$60 for US citizens, permanent residents or asylees, and US$70 for International students. The fee is paid by credit card or e-check at the time an applicant submits the online application. Payment should not be sent separately to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE   [Return to Subject List]

HOW CAN I APPLY ON-LINE TO YOUR INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAM?

Our on-campus intensive English-as-a-second language program is called the American Language Program (ALP). Answers to most of your questions can be found on their website. http://esl.ehe.osu.edu/programs/alp To apply, visit their website.

IF I ENROLL IN THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM, AM I GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY?

No. Please be aware that admission to or enrollment in the American Language Program (ALP) does not guarantee admission to a graduate program at The Ohio State University. You will not be able to register for courses outside the ALP curriculum during your enrollment in ALP. If you have any questions, please contact:

American Language Program
The Ohio State University
196 Arps Hall
1945 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Phone: 614-292-1364
Fax: 614-292-4054
e-mail: alp@osu.edu


FINANCIAL AID   [Return to Subject List]

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR US FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID?

US Federal Financial Aid is restricted to the following groups:
U.S. citizens
U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card)
Citizen of the Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands
Have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showing one of the following designations:
“Refugee”
“Asylum Granted”
“Cuban-Haitian Entrant”
“Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder “Parolee”

Please direct your financial aid inquiries to the Student Service Center (SSC) at The Ohio State University. Contact information for the SSC is:

Student Services Center
http://ssc.osu.edu/

Student Academic Services Building, 1st Floor, 281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-0300 | Toll-free: (800) 678-6440 | E-mail: ssc@osu.edu


SSC Hours:
Phones and Walk-ins:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday


HOW CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR FINANCIAL AID?

Several graduate programs have applications for Associateships, but generally speaking there is no separate application form to complete. For graduate applicants, most financial aid is available in the form of University Fellowships and graduate associateships. To apply for Fellowships and associateships, check the appropriate box(es) on the admission application. You may also want to contact your graduate program to express your interest in financial support. Contact information may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp However, please be aware that only a limited number of awards are available; therefore, not all those who apply for Fellowships or associateships receive them.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN ASSOCIATESHIP?

Some graduate programs have a separate application
for associateships. Please contact your intended
graduate program to determine if this is required.
Program contact information can be found at:
http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp .

To indicate interest in funding consideration it
is usually sufficient to check the boxes on the
graduate school application under, "Funding
Opportunities." Your selections will be: Graduate
School Fellowship, Administrative Associateship,
Research Associateship, and Teaching
Associateship. Most applicants are automatically
considered for Fellowships if they qualify.

I HAVE AN H VISA. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID?

No. H-visa holders are not eligible for federal financial aid from the U.S. government. Since the H-1 visa holder pays taxes in the State of Ohio, they may be eligible for in-state tuition. See the Office of the Registrar's website for information on Ohio residency criteria at: http://registrar.osu.edu. For information on how to change your visa type, contact the International Students and Scholars Office. http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html

WHAT ARE YOUR CRITERIA FOR A UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP?

For information on University Fellowships, please visit the Graduate School's website at: http://www.gradsch.osu.edu/

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION?

The final deadline for the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions to receive an application and supporting documents for Fellowship consideration is December 13th for domestic applicants and November 30 for international applicants. Please note these are the Graduate School's deadlines, some graduate programs have established earlier deadlines. Applicants should contact their prospective program directly to confirm their Fellowship deadline. Please be aware Fellowships are very competitive and only a limited number of awards are available. Consequently, not all applicants who apply for Fellowships or associateships receive them.

Note: The Fellowship deadlines are receipt deadlines, not postmark deadlines. Any application arriving in our office after the deadlines will not be considered in the University Fellowship competition.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FELLOWSHIP AND AN ASSOCIATESHIP?

The Graduate School administers internal
university fellowships as well as graduate
fellowships and traineeships funded through
national and local agencies. Some academic units
have their own endowed fellowships as well. By
far, the largest form of financial assistance
comes to graduate students in the form of graduate
teaching, research, or administrative
associateships. If you are interested in applying
for a financial award, check the “funding
opportunities” box(es) of choice on the admission
application. Consult with your intended graduate
program about any special financial aid
application forms, requirements, deadlines, and
procedures.
In the Graduate School Handbook, the Fellowship is
defined as "... a financial award made by the
university directly to a graduate student to
provide support during a portion of the graduate
degree program. Graduate fellows cannot be
required to perform a service in return for
receiving a stipend. Fellows are selected on the
basis of academic merit through a university-wide
competition without respect to financial need."
The purpose of the First-Year Fellowship is to
attract and retain a diverse and high quality
graduate student population. The Presidential
Fellowship provides support to students so that
they may complete the dissertation unencumbered by
other duties. The award recognizes the student’s
research potential and scholarly achievements.
Regarding Graduate Associateships, the Handbook
explains that "...a graduate student’s principal
objective is to earn a graduate degree.
Appointment as a GA contributes to that objective
by providing an apprenticeship experience along
with financial support. This apprenticeship
complements formal instruction and gives the
student practical, personal experience that can be
gained only by performing instructional, research,
or administrative activities. It is expected that
GA responsibilities will not interfere with a
student’s reasonable progress toward completion of
the graduate degree. The three Graduate Associate
titles are: Graduate Administrative Associate
(GAA), Graduate Research Associate (GRA), and
Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA). Specific GA
responsibilities are determined by the appointing
units. These may include teaching classes,
recitations, and labs; advising and counseling
students; grading papers; gathering and analyzing
data; writing reports; and assisting faculty
members and administrators.


FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS.   [Return to Subject List]

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FOR THE SECOND TIME SAYING THAT I NEED TO SEND FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS, BUT I ALREADY HAVE SENT THEM. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that the documents received did not meet our requirements. To know what we found wrong with the documents please check your status at http://appstatus.osu.edu Use the OSU ID Number and password sent to you after you applied. If you do not find the email, write our office at gradadmissions@osu.edu and ask that we resend it. If you forgot your password, please call 614-688-4357 and have the 8HELP line staff reset your password. Write gradadmissions@osu.edu if you have further questions.


GRADUATE PROGRAMS   [Return to Subject List]

DOES OHIO STATE OFFER HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL?

Yes. For information on our Hospitality Management Program please see http://ehe.osu.edu/human-sciences/graduate/consumer-sciences/

DOES OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY OFFER COURSES VIA THE WEB, OR VIA CORRESPONDENCE?

The Ohio State University is developing a comprehensive model for online/distance education. At this time it is possible to locate information on “Distance Learning” courses at the Office of Distance Education and eLearning : http://www.ced.osu.edu/credit_online.php. Presently, there is no comprehensive list of complete or partial on-line degrees available.

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE MBA PROGRAM?

To obtain application materials for the MBA program at The Ohio State University, visit the Fisher College of Business website for more information at: http://fisher.osu.edu

I WANT TO STUDY LIBRARY SCIENCE.

The Ohio State University does not offer a graduate degree program in Library Science. However, the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science has a Columbus Campus at the State Library of Ohio. For more information visit: http://www.slis.kent.edu/content/view/55/133/

I WANT TO STUDY MEDICINE AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.

The Ohio State University's graduate program Masters of Science in Medical Science limits its admission to students who have either completed an M.D. or D.O. and who are in training at the Ohio State University Medical Center as a clinical Resident or Fellow. For more information, please visit :http://medicine.osu.edu/research_ed/medical_fellows/Pages/index.aspx

MY GRADUATE PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED.

The following website contains a list of graduate programs offered at The Ohio State University: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Please type in your area of interest in the "Search Programs" box. This keyword search will allow you to find in which Graduate Program your area of interest may be offered. Graduate Programs have become more inter-disciplinary. While your specific program of study might not be available, your area of interest may be found in one of the other graduate programs offered at Ohio State. To get more information about a particular graduate program, please visit their website. If you feel your educational objective can be met at Ohio State, we encourage you to apply at http://gradapply.osu.edu


IMMIGRATION.   [Return to Subject List]

I HAVE AN H VISA. AM I CONSIDERED A "DOMESTIC APPLICANT?"

No. You are considered an International applicant. International applicants must meet Ohio State's English language proficiency requirements. http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/TOEFL_requirement.html

There are many potential immigration issues to consider when applying to The Ohio State University. If you would like to change your visa type from an H to an F or J, then you will have to submit financial support documents. Some students on H visas pay in-state tuition. If, however, you have an H visa and wish to accept a graduate associateship, you will need to change your visa to an F or J. If you have an H-1 visa and wish to quit your job to enroll full-time , you will also have to change your visa to an F or J. Applicants with immigration questions at any point in the application process should contact the Office of International Affairs ; International Students and Scholars at http://oia.osu.edu/, for assistance.

WHY DO YOU NEED MY "ADDRESS OUTSIDE THE U.S."? I LIVE IN THE U.S. NOW.

Your home country address is needed for SEVIS
(Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
It is a requirement for your I-20 document to be
issued.

Note: This SEVIS address does not necessarily need
to be your mailing address, unless you inform us
the address provided is where you wish to receive
mail. The address should be your permanent home
country address.

Although not preferable, a P.O. Box address is
acceptable. Please know though a P.O.Box cannot be
used for Express Mail delivery.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.   [Return to Subject List]

CAN I USE AN EMPLOYER TO WRITE A RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR ME?

You should contact your prospective graduate program to determine suitable recommenders for your admissions application.

WHERE IS THE ONLINE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FEATURE ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION?

Some graduate programs do not accept online letters of recommendation. For these programs, the online letter of recommendation section will not appear in the application.

If you have questions about your graduate program’s letter of reference policy, program contact information is available at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp.


REQUIREMENTS/DEADLINES   [Return to Subject List]

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION IF I HOLD A THREE YEAR BACHELOR'S DEGREE

The Ohio State University does not recognize a three year bachelor's degree to be comparable to the four year U.S bachelor's degree. One of the basic requirements for admission to Graduate School is the completion of the equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor's degree. To determine if you meet the degree requirements for admission to The Ohio State University, please contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. Our contact information is available online at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gpcontacts.html.


CAN I SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS AFTER THE DEADLINE?

Communicate directly with your intended graduate program regarding the late receipt of application materials. Some graduate programs adhere strictly to deadlines while others allow more flexibility. Graduate program contact information may be accessed at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

WHAT ARE YOUR GRADUATE ADMISSION DEADLINES?

Deadlines are set by individual graduate programs. Deadlines may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Graduate programs make decisions primarily between December and March. With some exceptions, the financial aid deadline for International applicants is November 30th. The financial aid deadline for domestic applicants is January 7.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL?

Admission criteria are established both by the Graduate School and graduate programs. An applicant must submit documentation that
demonstrates fulfillment of the following criteria:

1) Credentials documenting prerequisite academic work showing evidence of ability to pursue a graduate program in a chosen area of study.

2) Completion of a four-year baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

3) A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) in all prior undergraduate and graduate level course work. The university uses the following grades to reflect academic level of performance: A=excellent, B=good, C=fair or average, D=poor, and E=failure.

4) Submission of GRE or GMAT test scores if the cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0; or, if you hold a degree from an unaccredited college or university.

5) International applicants and applicants who have held U.S. asylee, refugee or permanent resident status for less than one year must provide evidence of English language proficiency: 550 on the paper based TOEFL test, 79 on the Internet Based TOEFL, 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam, or 82 on the MELAB.

Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

All other requirements are set by the graduate programs themselves, and are often much higher than these minimum requirements. To review these program requirements go to: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

WILL I STILL BE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP IF MY GRE AND TOEFL TEST SCORES ARRIVE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE?

Official test scores should arrive by the fellowship deadline. Official test scores are required of Fellowship candidates. It is the applicant's responsibility to have scores reported directly to Ohio State by the appropriate testing agency. It takes several weeks for scores to arrive from Testing Services. Consequently, scores should be sent well in advance of the fellowship deadline for them to arrive in time.

If your scores will not arrive before the fellowship deadline, contact your prospective graduate program. You may still be able to compete for research and teaching positions which can have more flexible deadlines than fellowships.


TESTING   [Return to Subject List]

ARE GRE SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP CONSIDERATION?

Yes. A GRE or GMAT score is required for Fellowship consideration and admission to most graduate programs with some exceptions. Please confirm whether your program requires a GRE or GMAT score at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp. Specific GRE/GMAT section percentiles are required for consideration for many Fellowships (http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/graduate-school-fellowships-for-first-year-graduate-students.html).

You will be considered for a Fellowship by your graduate program and the Graduate School if your application is complete, you are a strong candidate, and you fit the Fellowship criteria outlined on the Graduate School website.

GRE/GMAT Scores are not required for students pursuing a tagged degree in Art; Dance; Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design; Music and Theatre performance.

ARE OFFICIAL TEST SCORES REQUIRED FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS?

Yes. To receive consideration for University Fellowships, applicants are required to have the testing agency report their scores directly to The Ohio State University (ETS institution code #1592). Photocopies of TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, GRE or GMAT scores are not considered official, and do not fulfill the requirement.

The only exceptions to this policy are for those applying to the MFA in Dance, Art or Theatre, the Master of Music (performance), Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design, and Doctor of Music.

CAN I DEFER TAKING THE TOEFL?

For the majority of students, The Ohio State University does not admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency. If your TOEFL score might (or will) arrive after a published application deadline, you should discuss this matter with your program. See http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp for contact information. Conditional Admission pending receipt of an acceptable toefl, is an option for applicants whose program deems it to be appropriate.

CAN THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE WAIVE MY GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIREMENT?

No. The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions cannot waive a GRE or GMAT test score requirement. When a graduate program has listed the GRE or GMAT as an admissions requirement, applicants are required to take the test. You may contact the Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson to discuss whether your application could be considered without the test scores.

Note: If you have below a "B" average on all undergraduate university level work, then a GRE or GMAT score is required and cannot be waived under any circumstances. This is a Graduate School requirement.

CAN YOU FORWARD A COPY OF MY TOEFL OR GRE SCORE REPORT TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION?

It is our policy not to forward copies of score reports to other institutions. We also do not accept such scores sent from another institution.

Official scores are reported to Ohio State in electronic format. A score report is considered official only if it is sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Additional score reports can be ordered by contacting ETS.

Please be aware that TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years, and may not be re-ordered after they expire. GRE and GMAT scores may be re-ordered for 5 years.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE AN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST?

Most international students are required to take a written English composition placement test when they arrive at The Ohio State University. You may be exempt from this requirement if you:

1) Were previously enrolled in an academic program at Ohio State University.

2) Are a citizen of the following countries or regions: Australia, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Liberia, United Kingdom (English, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), The Commonwealth Caribbean, and the United States

3) Score 650 or higher on Paper-based TOEFL(PBT)or score 610 or higher, and a 5.0 on the writing section.

4) Score a 114 on the Internet-based TOEFL(IBT) or 101 or higher and a 28 on the writing section.

5) Score 95 on the MELAB test, or 90 or higher and 90 writing subscore

6) Score 9.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score)
Score 8.0 on the IELTS (Overall Band Score) and 8.0 Academic Writing module

HOW DO I KNOW IF I MUST TAKE THE GRE OR GMAT TEST?

To determine if the GRE or GMAT test scores are required, contact your graduate program. Graduate requirements, deadlines, and contact information may be found at: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

Applicants are required to submit GRE or GMAT scores if their undergraduate GPA is below the minimum 3.0/4.0; or, if they hold a degree from an unaccredited college or university. In this case, the Graduate School requires a GRE or GMAT score even if the graduate program does not, and the requirement may not be waived.

MAY I BE CONDITIONALLY ADMITTED BEFORE RECEIVING AN ACCEPTABLE SCORE ON THE TOEFL, MELAB OR IELTS TESTS?

Yes, if you meet the requirements. Conditional admission is initiated by the Graduate program to which you apply. On the recommendation of the Graduate School, Ohio State is implementing a graduate conditional admission policy for international applicants whose English language proficiency is marginally below the university’s required levels; i.e., below TOEFL 79-80 iBT, or 550 PBT.

Such conditional admission is premised on the applicant’s successful completion of Ohio State’s American Language Program (ALP).

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the admission of academically qualified, degree-seeking international graduate students that have not yet met Ohio State’s English proficiency requirement but are otherwise qualified and are being considered for admission by an Ohio State graduate program.

At their discretion, graduate programs can decide if they wish to pursue students in this category. Graduate programs are expected to be selective when pursuing students whose English language proficiency falls within this category; that is, within the 61-79 iBT or 500-550 PBT range.

Graduate programs will need to petition the Graduate School to conditionally admit a student based on English language proficiency in the same manner as with petitions for other conditional admission. Further, conditional admission can only be granted by the Graduate School if Ohio State’s ALP program has confirmed that ALP can accommodate the student.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, working with the American Language Program, will facilitate jointly the processing of conditional admission. The terms of this conditional admission require that the student will :

• study full-time in Ohio State’s American Language Program for a period of one semester
• complete the ALP satisfactorily;
• demonstrate proficiency on the basis of TOEFL or an alternative standardized test.
• Further, the student cannot enroll in any other Ohio State course while studying in Ohio State’s American Language Program.

Following attainment of the required proficiency certification, the student will then enroll in the admitting degree program not later than the second semester after starting in ALP.

For those conditionally-admitted applicants who do not fulfill their language proficiency requirement during the specified period, the conditional admission is revoked. Such students may choose to continue studying at ALP or elsewhere and reapply for regular admission at a later time.


MY "DEPARTMENT CODE" IS NOT LISTED ON THE ETS WEBSITE WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please use code 1592 for The Ohio State University. Do not send scores directly to the graduate program office. If you do, they will not be attached to your applicant record.

MY ENTIRE EDUCATION WAS IN ENGLISH. MUST I TAKE THE TOEFL TEST?

You are exempt from taking an English proficiency test such as, TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and The United States. US Green Card holders are exempt from taking the test if they have held the Green Card at least one year prior to their term of enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive a 4 year bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the countries listed above, then you are also exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Please note: It is not required that you have your degree completed at the time you apply for admission. However, you must have completed your degree prior to your term of enrollment.

If your country is not listed as any of the exempt counties, the English proficiency test is required.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM GRE OR GMAT SCORE REQUIRED BY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

The Ohio State University Graduate School does not specify minimum scores on the GRE or GMAT. However, the graduate program to which you are applying may have a minimum test score requirement. Contact information for all graduate programs may be found at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

WHAT IS THE TOEFL/ENGLISH REQUIREMENT OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Success at The Ohio State University depends upon the student's ability to converse in, write, and understand English. To assure such competence, the University normally requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit recent, official scores of:
  • at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 79 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • at least 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB),
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System(IELTS)exam.
The test must have been taken within the last two years. Your intended graduate program may require a higher score.

Applicants who have been educated primarily in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL or MELAB requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States.

Permanent residents, Asylees, and Refugees are exempt from taking the test if they have held the status at least one year prior to matriculating.




WHEN I SEND MY ETS TEST SCORES TO OHIO STATE, DO I NEED TO SELECT A DEPARTMENT CODE AS WELL AS AN INSTITUTION CODE?

No. Selecting only institution code 1592 ensures that the scores for GRE and TOEFL are received centrally, quickly, and are available to any graduate program to which you apply.

WILL THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ACCEPT AN INSTITUTIONAL TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS TEST THAT I TOOK AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

No. We do not accept score reports of institutional tests from other institutions.


TRANSCRIPTS   [Return to Subject List]

DO I HAVE TO SEND A TRANSCRIPT, IF THE WORK APPEARS AS TRANSFER CREDIT ON MY CURRENT TRANSCRIPT?

Yes. Coursework from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript does not meet Ohio State's definition of a transcript.

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office


DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS FOR POST SECONDARY OPTION CLASSES I DID IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Yes. The Graduate School requires documentation of all post-secondary coursework completed for which college credit was awarded – except for AP (Advanced Placement) credit. If college level coursework was completed while attending High School and later transferred to a college or university, an official transcript from the institution that awarded the credit must be submitted to complete your admission. Even if this coursework represents minimal hours of transfer credit, the transcript is still required.

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office


DO I NEED TO SEND OHIO STATE TRANSCRIPTS FOR MY GRADUATE APPLICATION?

No. If your graduate program uses the regular graduate school application, please do not send Ohio State University transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, or to your intended program. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will obtain a copy from the University Registrar at no cost to you after your application arrives.

If, however, you are applying to Public Health, Physical Therapy, or another program that uses a centralized application service such as SOPHAS, PTCAS, Dent PASS, CSDCAS, etc.; you may be required to send an Ohio State transcript to the application service. Programs using such services can be found at: http://gradapply.osu.edu

MAY I SEND FAXED OR ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS TO OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF MY GRADUATE APPLICATION?

Please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.


MUST I SEND SEPARATE TRANSCRIPTS TO MY GRADUATE PROGRAM?

Please check your graduate program website to confirm whether they require a separate copy of transcripts (http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp). Many programs use the transcript copies sent to Graduate & Professional Admissions. When applying, please use the “Upload Transcript” button to send copies (front and back) of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended where college credit was earned – even if you attended while in high school. International Credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations.

Send only scanned images of paper official transcripts issued by your institution’s Registrar or order electronic transcripts. Make sure to mark out all U.S. social security numbers before scanning. Ohio State will not accept web reports, advising reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credit on another school’s transcript.

If you are admitted to the university as a graduate student, you will be required to submit final official transcripts. Do not send the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office paper official transcripts unless specifically requested by our office.




AFTER YOU APPLY [Return to top of page]

| Accept/Decline/Defer Admission | Application Fee | Application Status | Immigration Visa Issues | Letters of Recommendation |



ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION.   [Return to Subject List]

I WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FINANCIAL AID, BUT I DID NOT MARK THE CORRECT BOX ON THE APPLICATION.

If you have already applied for graduate admission and did not request consideration for financial aid, you will need to contact your prospective graduate program regarding Fellowship and associateship opportunities. If you are a domestic student, you can also contact the Student Service Center about applying for federal loans.

MY APPLICANT CENTER READS THAT MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN "SENT TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM FOR ACADEMIC REVIEW." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions has reviewed your transcripts, calculated your GPA, and notified your intended Graduate Studies Committee to begin the formal academic review process that leads to a decision on your application.

To check the status of your decision and to make sure that the program has received your letters of recommendation, personal statement and other required materials, please contact the graduate program to which you applied. When a decision is made on your application, you will receive a letter, or email. Prior to receiving a letter you may periodically check on your application status at http://appstatus.osu.edu.

MY APPLICANT CENTER STATUS READS; "YOUR APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF BEING EVALUATED AND PREPARED FOR AN ACADEMIC DECISION." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This message means that all items have been received, but your graduate program has not yet asked the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions to evaluate your transcripts. Some programs are able to review your application dossier without our review, but our review is a necessary step when the decision is to admit. It is possible for the graduate program admissions committee to make a decision to reject without asking the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions for an evaluation of your transcripts. This would occur if your overall academic dossier falls short of departmental requirements.

WHEN WILL I KNOW MY ADMISSION DECISION?

After your graduate program has made an admission decision, the program informs the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. We then inform you of the decision by sending a notice of admission, or email if you are an international student.

To know if a decision has been made on your application, please go to: http://appstatus.osu.edu. You must reference your OSU Student ID number to use the Applicant Center. Contact 614-688-HELP to reset your password. Contact gradadmissions@osu.edu, if you have forgotten your username.

WHO MAKES THE FINAL ADMISSION AND FINANCIAL AID DECISIONS ON MY CASE?

Your prospective graduate program makes the final admission and financial aid (funding) decisions on your case. The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions will send you a letter notifying you of your graduate program's decision. International students will receive an email notice of their admission.


APPLICATION FEE.   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I GET A REFUND OF MY APPLICATION FEE?

University policy states the application fee is
non-refundable. Applicants are clearly informed
the fee is non-refundable and non-transferable at
the top of each page of the on-line application,
and before you enter the online application on the
click-through agreement page, where it reads: "If
you choose to submit this application, you will be
charged a NON-REFUNDABLE application fee. If you
submit an application in error, you will not
receive a refund of your application fee."


APPLICATION STATUS   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

The status of your application can be viewed online at http://appstatus.osu.edu.

After submitting an application, first time applicants are sent an email from The Ohio State University’s Information Technology(IT)Service Desk, assigning an OSU ID and Internet Username(lastname.#).

Important: Applicants who have or had an affiliation with Ohio State do not receive the above-mentioned email since they already have an OSU ID and Internet Username. The Username is used to access the self-service page. When the Username and password are not active, it can be activated at: http://my.osu.edu. Or, if the OSU ID, username, or password are forgotten, assistance is also available at http://my.osu.edu.

New applicants with no prior or current affiliation with Ohio State who know their OSU ID and Username must activate their Username and create a password by requesting an activation code at: http://my.osu.edu . If you do not remember your ID, Username, or password, help is available at http://my.osu.edu. For assistance with the activation code request process, please visit 8help.osu.edu; or, contact the IT Service Desk by e-mail at 8help@osu.edu or calling (614) 688-HELP (4357).
For those applicants who do know their current password, passwords may be changed or reset by following the instructions at: http://my.osu.edu, or by contacting the IT Service Desk.


IMMIGRATION VISA ISSUES   [Return to Subject List]

DO CANADIAN CITIZENS NEED A STUDENT VISA TO STUDY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Citizens of Canada are not required to obtain a U.S. visa at an Embassy or Consulate to enter the United States. However, an officer of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will inspect your visa documents either at a pre-inspection site in Canada or upon entry to the U.S. You must have with you proof of Canadian citizenship, proof of admission to The Ohio State University, your Ohio State Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20, or DS2019 and proof of the financial support that is listed on your I-20/DS2019 as your source of funding; namely, the bank statement, Fellowship award, sponsorship, or letter granting you an associateship. It is imperative that you enter the U.S. as a "student" rather than a "tourist."

HOW DO I ASK AN URGENT IMMIGRATION QUESTION?

You should contact the Office of International Affairs:International Students and Scholars (OIA:ISS). They have many counselors on staff qualified to answer immigration questions. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions does not answer immigration-related inquiries. If you want to contact the OIA:ISS, their e-mail address is: iss@osu.edu; phone, (614)292-6101

HOW DO I TRANSFER MY I-20 FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

The website of the Office of International Affairs:International Students and Scholars (http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html), provides information on this topic. Their e-mail address is iss@osu.edu; phone, (614)292-6101.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE VISA INTERVIEW AT THE U.S. EMBASSY?

The Office of International Students and Scholars(ISS), has excellent information for new and prospective students regarding how to obtain a student visa for study in the United States. Visit: http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html, for more information.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I CHECK ON THE STATUS OF A RECOMMENDATION LETTER?

To check the status of your letters of reference, go to https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osu/grad_files/menu.html, under "Manage your Account", select "Review Your Activity." From here you may access your application to check the status of your letters, resend the email to your recommenders, or make corrections. Make sure that your recommenders are looking for the email because it could get caught in their spam or junk mail filter. Use the "Edit recommender" feature to update the recommender's information. A new message is automatically sent when you save the change to the recommender's email address.
Important to note: If a recommender has already noted online they "accept" your request for a letter, it is no longer possible for you to make any edits.

HOW DO I CORRECT A RECOMMENDER'S INFORMATION?

In order to correct a recommender's information, resend the initial email to a recommender, send a reminder, change your waiver to access, or check the status of your letters of reference, go to https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osu/grad_files/menu.html, under "Manage your Account", select "Review Your Activity." From there, you may access your application’s activity log to resend the email or make certain changes. When you first reach the Activity Log, you will see the name of your institution listed as a submitted form. You will need to click on the institution name to bring up the form details which will include the online recommenders and the tools for reminding and editing.

It is important to make sure that your recommenders are looking for the email because it may get caught in their spam or junk mail filter. Use the "Edit recommender" feature to update the recommender's information. A new message is automatically sent when you save the change to the recommender's email address.

Important to note: If a recommender has already noted online they "accept" the request for a letter, it is no longer possible to make any edits. Reminders may be sent, but edits are no longer possible.


HOW DO I SEND A REMINDER EMAIL TO A RECOMMENDER?

In order to send a reminder email, correct a recommender's information, resend the initial email to a recommender, change your waiver to access, or check the status of your letters of reference, go to : https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osu/grad_files/menu.html, under "Manage your Account", select "Review Your Activity." From there, you may access your application’s activity log to resend the email or make certain changes. When you first reach the Activity Log, you will see the name of your institution listed as a submitted form. You will need to click on the institution name to bring up the form details which will include the online recommenders and the tools for reminding and editing.

It is important to make sure that your recommenders are looking for the email because it may get caught in their spam or junk mail filter. Use the "Edit recommender" feature to update the recommender's information. A new message is automatically sent to recommenders when you save the change to their email address.

Important to note: If a recommender has already noted online they "accept" the request for a letter, it is no longer possible to make any edits. Reminders may be sent, but edits are no longer possible.




AFTER YOU ARE ADMITTED [Return to top of page]

| Accept/Decline/Defer Admission | Arrival Information | Bring Family Members | Financial Documents | Housing | Immigration | Immigration Visa Issues | Miscellaneous | Registration/Orientation |



ACCEPT/DECLINE/DEFER ADMISSION   [Return to Subject List]

CAN I USE INTERFOLIO TO SEND REFERENCE LETTERS TO OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

If you listed interfolio email addresses for your
references, on the regular Graduate School
application please change them at
https://www.applyweb.com/apply/osugrad/index.html
or contact help@applyweb.com for assistance.

HOW CAN I DEFER MY ADMISSION TO A FUTURE TERM?

1. If your application was approved for admission, any request to change your admission to a different term must be approved by your graduate program. If approved, the graduate program office will notify the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. If you were awarded funding, you will also need to confirm whether the funding is deferred. For graduate program contact information visit: http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp

2. If your application was not completed in time for your desired term of admission or was not approved for admission, it is necessary to submit a new on-line application and fee to be considered for a future term. To reapply visit: http://gradapply.osu.edu.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions typically maintains transcripts and test scores received for one year; therefore, it may not be necessary to re-submit all application materials. Even so, with any re-application it is still the applicant's responsibility to confirm with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and their intended Graduate Program(s) whether application materials previously submitted are still available and current.

HOW DO I ACCEPT MY OFFER OF ADMISSION?

1. Activate your Ohio State Username(lastname.#). If you have not already done so, visit, http://my.osu.edu, to activate your Username.

2. To accept admission students go online to their student center : http://appstatus.osu.edu. For graduate programs requiring a tuition deposit, payment can be made online after accepting admission. To avoid payment delays, it is necessary to enter your credit card billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card statement.

Please Note: You will not be able to register for classes unless you accept admission.

HOW DO I DECLINE AN OFFER OF ADMISSION?

1. Activate your Ohio State Username(lastname.#). If you have not already done so, visit, http://my.osu.edu, to activate your Username.

2. Please decline your admission on-line at: http://appstatus.osu.edu


HOW LONG IS AN ADMISSION VALID?

If you are admitted for a particular term, you must attend and pay fees that specific term or your admission is canceled.

In some instances admission may be deferred. Please consult your graduate program for permission to defer your admission to a future term. If you were awarded funding, you will need to confirm if the funding also can be deferred.


IS MY ADMISSION STILL VALID IF I ACCEPT ADMISSION AFTER THE INDICATED DEADLINE?

The Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions will not rescind your admission if you accept admission after the deadline. You will need to directly contact your graduate program to know if your admission is still valid.

This does not extend to offers of financial aid such as University Fellowships or associateships. If you were offered an associateship from your graduate program or a Fellowship from the University, it is very important to adhere to the deadlines written in the offer letter. We recommend that you keep in close contact with your graduate program regarding the acceptance of financial aid offers.

You cannot register for classes until you have formally accepted your admission.

WHAT IS A "PROVISION?"

Students admitted as regular, special, and conditional may also be held in provisional status for official transcripts and/or degree statement(s) that were not received at the time of admission. Provisional documents are listed in the Admission Notice and are to be submitted by the first day of the first term of enrollment. If the provision has not been satisfied by the 15th day of the first term, a provisional warning email is sent to the student. A hold will be placed on the student's record during the sixth week of the term that will inhibit further registration if the provision is not satisfied by that time.


ARRIVAL INFORMATION   [Return to Subject List]

HOW CAN I ARRANGE A HOMESTAY OR AIRPORT PICK UP?

The Ohio State University has nearly 1,000 student organizations. In some cases someone from your country’s student organization or an international or religious student organization, may be able to arrange temporary housing for your first night. You can contact your student organization to see if they might be able to help you. http://www.ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/student_organizations)

In the event that no ethnic, international, or religious student organization is able to provide airport pick-up or temporary housing, please refer to the Office of International Affairs, Office of International Students and Scholars website at http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html

HOW DO I ARRANGE AIRPORT PICK-UP?

Due to the very high number of students attending The Ohio State University, it is not possible to offer an airport pickup service. It is very easy, however, to reach campus from the airport by taxi or by the public bus system (COTA http://www.cota.com/ ). The COTA bus route is #052. The International Students and Scholars Office, http://oia.osu.edu/, offers advice on how to arrange transportation to campus from the airport.

SHOULD I BRING HEALTH/MEDICAL RECORDS WITH ME?

If you are an international student, it is necessary to bring a record of your immunizations. During your orientation program at the Office of International Affairs:International Students and Scholars(OIA:ISS), there is a scheduled international health screening at the Wilce Student Health Center. The website for OIA:ISS provides information on this topic: http://oia.osu.edu/international-students.html The e-mail address is iss@osu.edu

WHAT ARE SOME HOTELS IN THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY AREA?

There are many hotels in The Ohio State University area. Please contact the Office of International Students & Scholars for information: http://oia.osu.edu/int-scholars-life-at-ohio-state/living-in-columbus/temporary-housing.html Most hotels are a 30-45 minute walk to Ohio State's campus on busy streets with limited sidewalks. Van service is listed if it is available. Inquire about any special rates offered to Ohio State students.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ARRIVE ON CAMPUS?

Domestic students are advised to report to their Graduate Program Office upon arrival. Many graduate programs have an orientation program. There is also a general orientation given at the Graduate School each Fall term. See http://www.gradsch.osu.edu/ for details. If you plan to live on-campus, please be aware that residence hall space fills up quickly, so you should complete arrangements for on-campus housing before arrival in Columbus. The office of Housing may be reached at (614)292-8266, http://urds.osu.edu/housing/. Off-Campus Housing may be reached at (614)292-0100. http://offcampus.osu.edu

International students who arrive in Columbus on a weekday between 8am and 5pm, should first come to the Office of International Affairs: International Students and Scholars( http://oia.osu.edu/). It is located on the first floor of Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, except during the summer when the hours are 7:30am - 4:30pm


BRING FAMILY MEMBERS   [Return to Subject List]

HOW CAN I GET F-2 VISAS FOR MY SPOUSE AND CHILDREN TO ACCOMPANY ME TO THE UNITED STATES?

If you were recommended for admission, you will need to inform the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions that you plan to bring dependents. You will be provided information regarding financial documents needed as evidence of adequate funding for the living expenses and health insurance of your dependent(s). If the documents are approved, our office issues dependent I-20's for your family. See http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/ig-affad.pdf

The U.S. embassy should issue F-2 visas to your spouse and children if you present the dependent form I-20 and proof of financial support for your family.


FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I COMPLETE THE AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT FORM?

If you were academically admitted, you should have received the affidavit form, http://admissions.osu.edu/apps/pdfs/ig-affad.pdf. To assist in completing the form, please refer to the following:

1. Fill out the biographical information on the second page. Please include your OSU Student ID number. On the last page, include the biographical information of all family members who will accompany you to the United States. In order to make accurate visa documents, we will need passport copies for every family member.


2. Find your budget amount on the International Graduate Student Budget emailed with the affidavit.


3. Financial sponsors must agree to provide at least the estimated budget amount every year for the duration of your studies at Ohio State.

4. You and all sponsors must sign and date the form in English.

5. After completing the form, attach bank statements and email to the attention of "Financial Review", at gradadmissions@osu.edu


Please Note: The Affidavit of Support form must be signed by whomsoever is providing a bank statement. If you have multiple sponsors, each sponsor needs to provide a set of financial documents and sign and date the Affidavit of Support form. The accompanying certified bank statement only needs to contain the equivalent of one year's estimated budget amount. Documents should indicate one year's funds on deposit and a promise of support for all years.

6. Bank Statements should be in English, and the bank account holder's name provided in English.

Additional clarifications include:

-The date of financial support documents must be dated no more than one year prior to the date that classes begin.
-The available funding must be liquid; i.e., property titles, statements from chartered accountants, or salary statements are not accepted documentation.
-A Government or Sponsoring Agency (i.e., organization, institution, or employer) must provide the following information on a sponsorship letter:

• Are they paying all tuition and fees? How much?
• Are they covering your living expenses? How much?
• How long is your sponsorship valid?
• Will the sponsor be willing to provide extra support for dependent(s) or English preparation courses, if applicable? If so,how much?

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL INFORMING ME I WAS ADMITTED AND ASKING ME FOR FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS? WHAT DO I SEND?

An email was or will be sent to you containing a blank Affidavit of Support form for you to complete and return along with a bank statement or sponsor letter. The Affidavit of Support is a signed pledge of support by one or more persons or sponsors, to support you throughout the duration of your studies. The accompanying bank statement or sponsor letter verifies proof of funds available to cover the cost of the first year of your program's academic and living expenses at The Ohio State University(http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/IGcosts.htm). Financial documents should be emailed to the attention of Financial Review at gradadmissions@osu.edu.

Attached to the email will be information on how much it costs to live and pay tuition at Ohio State for one year. The bank statement you submit should contain the equivalent to your estimated costs for one year of study. The bank statement should also be in English, and the name of the bank account holder in English.

WHAT ARE INTERNATIONALS REQUIRED TO SEND IF THEY ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADMISSION, BUT NOT FUNDED BY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY?

Documents required are a bank statement and an Ohio State University affidavit of support form. An email will be sent containing a blank Affidavit of Support form to complete and return, accompanied by a bank statement or sponsor letter. The bank statement or sponsor letter must be in English, and the name of the account holder also provided in English. Sponsors must pledge to support a student throughout the duration of their studies. The bank statement or sponsor letter must contain or indicate support enough to cover the cost of the first year of your program's academic and living expenses at The Ohio State University. Please note: Both the Affidavit of Support and bank statement must be in the same person's name. The affidavit must be dated and signed by both the student and sponsor(s). Please notify the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions if you will be bringing dependents. Financial documents should be sent to gradadmissions@osu.edu

WHERE DO I SEND FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS?

The fastest method to submit financial documents is via email. You can email scanned financial documents to the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions at: gradadmissions@osu.edu.


HOUSING   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I APPLY FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING?

To apply for graduate student university housing, visit http://housing.osu.edu/living-on-campus/graduate-professional-housing/, to complete an online application. Please be advised, all who apply are not guaranteed a space. After completing the application, the Housing Office then emails housing lease offers according to when students apply. This is done until all spaces are filled. The earlier the application, the greater chance a space will be available. Offers typically are sent several months before your first term begins.

HOW DO I CONTACT THE HOUSING OFFICE?

Housing information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residence and Dining Halls at their web site. http://housing.osu.edu

HOW DO I GET INFORMATION ON FINDING AN APARTMENT OR ROOMMATE?

The Office of Off-Campus Student Housing exists to provide services and information to students of The Ohio State University who do not reside in the campus residence halls. Among other services, this office provides listings of apartments for rent on their website.

Office of Off-Campus Student Services
The Ohio State University
3106 Ohio Union
1739 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel. 614/292-0100; FAX 614/292-4786
website address: http://offcampus.osu.edu
Email address: offcampus@osu.edu

Clubs are another way to find a roommate or apartment. Nationality clubs may be found on the International Students and Scholars Office Web site http://oia.osu.edu/pdf/IntlOrgs.pdf; or, go to the Ohio Union Student Organization website http://ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/student_organizations to connect with other groups on campus.


IMMIGRATION   [Return to Subject List]

WHEN DO I RECEIVE A VISA DOCUMENT AND NOTICE OF ADMISSION?

If your graduate program has not informed the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions that you will receive funding, you will then be sent an email message. This email informs students they have been academically admitted; however, to finalize admission it is necessary to send documents proving adequate financial resources to attend The Ohio State University. NOTE: Sometimes these emails are sent by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions before graduate programs conclude their funding decisions. Consequently, before sending financial documents it is advisable to check your funding status with your graduate program. If you intend to accept an admission offer even without program funding, it is wise to submit early proof of self or sponsored funding if available. Submitting early proof will NOT make you ineligible for funding consideration from your graduate program. Instead, if no funding is awarded, early submission can save significant time in the processing of your admission documents.

After proof of funding has been received, the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will then compare your bank documents, sponsor letter, or university funding against the estimated budget (http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/IGcosts.htm) to determine whether you have enough funding to pay living expenses and tuition at The Ohio State University as required by U.S. Law. If your documents pass financial review, the form I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued. If they do not pass financial review, you will be notified to provide additional proof of funding. Please notify Admissions as soon as possible if you will be bringing dependents.


IMMIGRATION VISA ISSUES.   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I PAY THE SEVIS FEE?

Please visit the Office of International Affairs(OIA) website at http://oia.osu.edu/pre-arrival-and-orientation/sevis-fee.html, for information on paying the SEVIS Fee.


MISCELLANEOUS   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I ESTABLISH RESIDENCY IN THE STATE OF OHIO?

Please contact the Student Service Center for residency rules. Residency is explained at the University Registrar's site, http://registrar.osu.edu

HOW DO I GET GRADUATE TRANSFER CREDIT FROM ANOTHER INSTITUTION?

The program to which you are admitted will determine if your previous graduate level coursework will apply to your program of study at The Ohio State University. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions does not make that determination. Likewise, we do not do course-by-course evaluations of graduate level courses.

The Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form can be found online at http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/Depo/PDF/TransferCredit.pdf. The form requires a signature from your Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson in your graduate program. The Graduate School's Registration Services will review the request to ensure that the proposed coursework is graduate-level, the student was in a graduate program when the coursework was taken, and the grade earned was at least a B.

MUST I PURCHASE OSU HEALTH INSURANCE?

Health care costs in the United States are very expensive. For this reason, it is mandatory that international students and their families have health insurance. For further information about health insurance plans, please visit the Student Health Center website. http://shi.osu.edu


REGISTRATION/ORIENTATION   [Return to Subject List]

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

All newly admitted graduate students must accept their offer of admission before registering for classes. Admission is accepted online at: http://appstatus.osu.edu. To accept, access the Accept/Decline link and follow the instructions. You will be assigned an enrollment appointment sometime after you accept online, or after the receipt of your acceptance fee if required for your program. Acceptance fees are paid online after accepting. Students must contact their graduate program office or advisor regarding classes for registration. Often graduate programs have a "Handbook" online that lists all courses required in a specific program or track. The Graduate School can answer many questions about the actual registration process. The "New Student To Do list" contains very useful information about registration, http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/Depo/PDF/New_To_Do.pdf. Contact information for the Graduate School is the following:

The Ohio State University Graduate School
247 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-6031
Fax: (614) 292-3656


Upon arrival, international students must go to the Office of International Affairs: International Students and Scholars (OIA:ISS), to check-in and receive orientation. The OIA:ISS office is located on the first floor of Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave. and is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, except during the summer when the hours are 7:30am - 4:30pm.

I WAS PROVISIONALLY ADMITTED. MAY I BRING IN MY DOCUMENTS AND HAVE THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS STAFF MAKE COPIES?

No, unless you studied abroad and possess only one original copy of your academic documents. We do not make photocopies of domestic official documents. Documents are considered official if they are sent directly by the issuing institution and arrive in a sealed envelope. If you were provisionally admitted, you must provide official attested copies of all mark sheets, graduation certificates, diplomas or degree certificates needed to fulfill the provision of your admission.

We also consider a transcript official when sent by the applicant in the envelope sealed by the issuing institution. Transcript envelopes that show any signs of tampering will not be considered official. Official documents have either a colored stamp or raised seal affixed to them. When the policy of the institution prohibits issuing the transcripts directly to another institution, a photocopy of the original document certified by an official of that educational institution, an embassy office, the Ministry of Education, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be submitted for review. If you are in possession of the only original transcript your institution issues, you may submit a certified photocopy of that document for our review. Please note you will be required to present the original document prior to enrollment.

We strongly recommend that you obtain attested copies of the needed documents before leaving your country. If you are provisional for a U.S. final degree confirmation or other transcript from a U.S. school, please order a transcript be sent directly from the Registrar's Office of your previous institution.

Note: Documents and test scores submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions in support of a graduate application may not be returned or forwarded to another institution. Application documents are destroyed annually; therefore, do not send original one-of-a-kind documents.



WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF WHICH COURSES ARE BEING OFFERED AT OHIO STATE?

The Ohio State University's course offerings list and master schedule can be found on the website of the University Registrar: http://registrar.osu.edu/courses/index.asp

WHY CAN'T I REGISTER? I HAVE ACCEPTED MY ADMISSION.

Enrollment windows open several months before a term begins, but you cannot register for several days after you have accepted admission. The delay depends on the timing of your acceptance.



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