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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.


  • Choose one quotation that defines who you are and explain why it describes you so well.
  • Suppose you could start a nonprofit organization to benefit others. Why is your organization important, and what steps would you take to make it a success?
  • “Sometimes we need someone to turn the flashlight on for us. Other times we need to turn it on for others,” author and motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez said. How have you acted as a leading light for others?
  • Imagine you have just won a contest and the prize is a free, personalized airplane banner flown anywhere. Your banner is limited to 40 characters, including spaces. What do you want your banner to say, and where would you want it flown? Explain why.

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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