Admission Criteria for Columbus Campus and Online Students

The Ohio State Academy at the Columbus campus follows the same competitive admission process as undergraduate admissions for new freshmen students. Middle and high school students who wish to be considered for the Academy at the Columbus campus will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Successful completion of courses within the college prep curriculum: English, Math, Natural Science, Social Science, Foreign Language and Visual & Performing Arts
  • High School performance (class rank and GPA), including participatation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
  • Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores.
  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement (e.g., co-curricular activities and work experiences)
  • Status as a first-generation college student
  • Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area
  • Academic competitiveness of the high school understanding that different high schools provide different levels of opportunity
  • High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
  • Eligible for and will benefit from organized support services at Ohio State