Admission Criteria

Please first review important dates and deadlines for the term for which you wish to apply. 

Who is an Extended Education Student?

The following individuals are eligible to apply to Ohio State Extended Education:

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents or Political Asylees

U.S. citizens, permanent residents or political asylees who have a high school diploma or GED, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on any previous college coursework, AND fit any of the following categories:

  • Are 24 years of age or older
  • Have been out of high school for at least 4 years
  • Have a 4-year degree
  • Are currently enrolled at another college or university and wish to transfer credits back to their home institution

International Students

Generally, international students must demonstrate the following academic achievements:

Secondary school diploma or GED

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or your country's equivalent as determined by Undergraduate Admissions) for all post high school and university level coursework
  • In good standing with other colleges or universities attended

In addition, international applicants must:

  • Be 24 years of age and have graduated from high school or
  • Be in a degree-granting program at another university and wish to transfer Ohio State credit back to that institution

If you fit these requirements, you may apply as an extended education student.

Who is not an Extended Education Student?

The following individuals are not eligible to apply to Ohio State as extended education students:

Graduate students

Those interested in graduate-level courses, please visit gpadmissions.osu.edu for graduate non-degree information.

High school students, including recent graduates, and those over 18 without a high school diploma or GED

Recent high school graduates wishing to take courses during the summer term before their first semester/term at their home institution may not apply as extended education students.

Current high school students interested in taking college courses may consider the Academy Program/College Credit Plus or Stone Laboratory. Those over age 18 who do not have a high school diploma or GED may take Stone Laboratory workshops.