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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.


  • Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Describe a time you focused on helping others feel empowered.
  • Advice is sometimes easier to give than to follow. Share a piece of advice you ignored and why you should have followed it. What happened?
  • Describe an experience that changed your life. What did you learn? How will this experience influence you moving forward?
  • Stan Lee once said, “If you're writing about a character… unless you give him vulnerability, I don't think he'll be as interesting to the reader.” What makes you feel vulnerable and how has it shaped your personality?

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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