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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.


  • “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others,” Jack Welch said. Describe a time when your leadership helped someone else improve or be their best.
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it? Who would be your archenemy, and what would their superpower be?
  • “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated,” Maya Angelou said. Explain a time when you overcame an obstacle. What did you learn? How will this experience influence you moving forward?
  • You are nominating your most influential teacher for an award. What lessons did you learn, and how will those lessons impact your life moving forward?

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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