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 participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB. While Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, admitted students generally are in the top 10 - 15% of their high school class. 
  • Standardized test score (ACT or SAT). CCP students must meet the state college readiness guidelines, and admitted students tend to score well above the state minimums. (Middle 50% range on ACT is 28 - 32 composite.)
  • 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
  • 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