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To be a Buckeye is to be part of something special for the rest of your life.

Schedule an on-campus visit or even take a virtual tour – when you finally find yourself standing on the beautiful, historic Ohio State Oval or standing next to our historic Mirror Lake, you may just feel like you’ve found your home.

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How to apply

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State seeks students who are not only successful in the classroom, but willing to lead; who see strength in diversity of people and ideas; who seek collaboration when solving problems; and who make use of all opportunities to figure out what kind of impact they want to have in the world.

Here’s everything you need to know about applying to Ohio State, from understanding the acceptance process, to applying step-by-step, to what happens after you apply and what happens after you’re accepted.

Financial aid opportunities

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences awards approximately $1 million dollars in scholarships to undergraduate students who are pursuing a major in the arts and sciences and are currently enrolled on the Columbus campus. These scholarship opportunities are competitive, and include merit and need-based scholarships, scholarships that support research and creative activity, and scholarships that support education abroad.

FAFSA is also available starting October 1 of each year. Filing by Ohio State’s priority date of February 1 will provide you with maximum aid consideration for scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study.

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Information for first-generation students

Being a first-generation college student is something to be incredibly proud of and we are here to support you every step of the way. Take a look below at guides for applying to the university and what happens once you've been admitted.

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Application information for the perfoming arts

Students interested in pursuing a major within the Department of Dance and/or School of Music will need to audition for their intended program in addition to submitting a written application. Students are encouraged to prepare and submit both applications, though the two decisions operate on independent timelines that coordinate efforts. 

Undergraduate audition dates (2021-22):

BFA in Dance
October 1-2, 2021 (In-person autumn audition)
October 18-22, 2021 (Online autumn audition)
February 7-11, 2022 (Online spring audition)
February 11-12, 2022 (In-person spring audition)

School of Music
December 4, 2021 on campus (no cello on this date)
January 22, 2022 live virtual audition*
February 12, 2022 on campus

*Percussion or Jazz Drum Set applicants — If you are unable to attend one of the in-person audition dates, and you choose the Virtual Audition date of January 22, 2022, you will be asked to upload a recorded audition video in advance as part of your application. This audition video will be used in lieu of a live performance audition, however you will still be scheduled for a virtual interview appointment on January 22 to be used as a chance to meet with faculty (no playing/instrument needed). Requirements for recorded video audition submissions are available at Audition Requirements. You may also contact Tanya Sparks to request an alternate in-person audition date — on weekdays only.

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This is an exciting time in your life; we encourage you to discover the unparalleled educational possibilities that our highly ranked programs, vast resources and beautiful, accessible campus can offer.

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