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If you haven't submitted your application for admission, you will need to do so before submitting your essay responses. You should submit your essay responses
 in your portal. You will be prompted to log in to your application account.


Respond to two of the following questions using no more than 300 words per essay. Please note that the essay questions change every year on July 1.


  • “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome,” Booker T. Washington said. Describe an obstacle you have faced and the steps you took to overcome it.
  • “Sometimes we need someone to turn the flashlight on for us. Other times we need to turn it on for others,” Lizzie Velasquez said. How have you acted as a guiding light for others?
  • Choose one quotation that defines who you are and explain why that quotation describes you so well.
  • Studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories than other senses. Describe a favorite smell of yours and the imagery it evokes.

Essay responses are used in our comprehensive review process if you do not meet assured admission criteria, as well as for select scholarships. You are not required to submit essays if you meet OSU’s assured admission criteria and do not wish to be considered for all scholarships.

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