Frequently Asked Questions
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.
This means that the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions has reviewed your transcripts, calculated your GPA, and notified your intended Admissions 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have forgotten your username.
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.
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."
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 email@example.com 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.
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."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone, (614)292-6101
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 email@example.com; phone, (614)292-6101.
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.
In order for your recommenders to be notified, you will need to "set up your recommenders". Our application explains once you submit your application you would be emailed instructions on where to set up your references online and how to send them recommendation requests. You should receive this email 1-3 business days after submission of your application. The email subject line reads: Your Ohio State University Application. Instructions for notifying recommenders follow for both current Ohio State students and non-Ohio State students:If you are a current Ohio State student use your OSU username.#, to log into the system.If you are a non-Ohio State student, after submitting your application you received an acknowledgement email for "Your Ohio State University Application". This email provided instructions to activate your Ohio State username.# at, my.osu.edu. Note: After activating your username.#, you will need to wait 24-72 hours before it is fully functional.After your Ohio State username.# is activated and functioning, you can log-in to set up/invite, or add recommenders as follows:• To set up recommenders and send recommendation requests: set up your recommenders• Read the "Application References - Instructions" and click "ACCEPT", to opt to use electronic references. Click "DECLINE", if your program requires paper references. Go to, gradadmissions.osu.edu/gri.asp, to verify whether your intended graduate program accepts electronically sent letters or prefers hard copies. • Select the application and term for which the recommender will direct their letter, and indicate whether you wish to "Waive Access" to view recommendation letters after they are submitted.• On the "Application References - Details" page: Enter recommender contact name, organization phone, mailing address, and most importantly their correct contact email address.• When these steps are completed, click the green "SAVE" button. After clicking "SAVE", an email will be sent to your recommenders asking them to complete a reference letter.• To add additional recommenders: Click the yellow "OK" button to access the "Application References - Summary" screen then click the green button, "Add a Reference to an Application", to add another recommender.• NOTE: Inform your recommenders to expect the invitation email because it may get caught in their spam or junk mail filter.
After submitting your application you received an acknowledgement email with instructions to "set up your recommenders", in order to invite them to submit a letter on your behalf. The subject line for the email reads: Your Ohio State University Application. If you have completed this process, you can send a reminder depending on the status of the letter:I. Send reminder for letters not yet started.• Log in at application status then click: applicant center>main menu >self-service > osu app > app recommendation• At the "Application References - Summary" page, identify the reference you wish to edit.• Click the green "Edit" to the right of the reference's name.• Edit any incorrect information.• Copy the recommender's contact email address and paste into "Confirm email address"• Click the green "Re-send Email" button at the bottom right to re-send the invitation email requesting a letter of recommendation.• Note: If the green Edit button is not available, this means the recommender has already accepted or started their letter and the reference information cannot be changed.II. Send reminder for letters already started but not completed: In this case, you will need to send a reminder to the recommender from your personal email account. Your email should include the following information:• Identify yourself and explain you recently sent an email requesting a recommendation letter be written on your behalf.• Inform recommender your application to The Ohio State University indicates they started but have not yet completed a recommendation letter.• Be sure and send your reminder to the recommender's email address you listed on your application.• To complete the letter, refer recommenders to the email they received explaining who is asking for a recommendation, with a link to a webpage where they created an account. The email subject line reads: A student (name) has asked for your recommendation"•The email address they used to create their account is used to validate the account if the userID or password are forgotten. If forgotten, recommenders can request a new password or to retrieve their userID. This request will prompt an email sent from firstname.lastname@example.org with re-set/retrieval information.• Recommenders should add the email@example.com email to their address book and/or safe list to prevent the message from being blocked as spam.