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Freshman scholarships

How to apply

  • When you apply for admission to OSU, you are automatically considered for scholarships. 
  • Scholarship selection criteria vary, but can include academic performance, test scores, class rank, and your essay responses on the application for admission. Academic criteria are based on the cumulative unweighted GPA (4.0 scale). 

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarship deadlines

  • Nov 1-Early opportunity scholarship deadline

    Make sure you've submitted every part of the admissions application and submitted the FAFSA with OSU's school code of 003170. Meeting this deadline assures you have taken the best steps towards all the financial aid and scholarship resources OSU has to offer. Getting things done by November 1 means you are at the front of the line. 

  • Feb 1-Priority scholarship deadline

    Applications received after February 1 may not be considered for all scholarship programs and will be considered only if funds remain. Make sure you have sent a new transcript from your high school showing your Fall grades. Keep an eye on your for updates. 

  • June 1-OSU Decision Date*

    Some scholarships and financial aid must be accepted by June 1* or they may be cancelled. It's also important for incoming freshmen to register for housing and New Student Orientation.


    *Dates have been modified for fall of 2020 to provide relief for students due to COVID-19.


  • August 14-Absolute scholarship deadline*

    Once this date has passed we will no longer make scholarship offers to entering students. Make sure to have any information postmarked by August 14. OSU will accept the July 18 national ACT test scores for scholarship consideration for fall 2020.*


    *Dates have been modified for fall of 2020 to provide relief for students due to COVID-19. 


  • Entering in the Spring semester? 

    The absolute scholarship deadline for entering OSU in the Spring is the Friday before the semester begins, which is January 10, 2020. All information must have been postmarked prior to this date as well. See the academic calendar here.


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