Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

What is the Ohio State Academy?

The Ohio State Academy Program is an opportunity for outstanding high school students to enroll in Ohio State classes. The Academy Program is the Ohio State implementation of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program that has been created by the State of Ohio. This program is a partnership between Ohio State, the high school, and the student and his or her parents.

There are two options for enrolling in the Academy Program.

  • Option A – Students enroll in courses to receive college credit, and the students’ family is responsible for all costs.  This option is available autumn, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Option B – Students enroll in courses to receive both college credit and high school credit, and the local school district is responsible for the cost of tuition and books.  This option is available autumn and spring semesters, but not during the summer.

The Ohio State Academy is limited to students who have achieved at the highest levels while in high school. Admission to the Academy will be based on class rank, grade point average, and standardized test scores. The majority of students who enroll in the Academy are in the 11th or 12th grade, although exceptional students in the 9th and 10th grade may also apply.

Applying to the Academy (Post-Secondary Students)
Students who wish to participate in the Academy program should first meet with the high school counselor or principal to discuss the opportunities and risks offered by the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program. The Ohio State Academy program has a selective admission process in which students are considered for admission based on their academic performance. Students applying for admission to the Academy program should meet the following criteria:

Columbus Campus:

  • Grade point average: 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • High school class rank: top 15%
  • One of the following test score requirements:
    • ACT composite score of 26 or higher
    • SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1180 or higher
    • PLAN composite score of 26 or higher
    • PSAT Critical Reading and Math score of 118 or higher

Ohio State ATI Campus in Wooster, for students in 11th and 12th grades:

  • High school class rank: top 20%
  • Grade point average: 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • One of the following test score requirements:
    • ACT composite score of 24 or higher
    • SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1110 or higher
    • PLAN composite score of 24 or higher
    • PSAT Critical Reading and Math score of 100 or higher

Ohio State ATI Campus in Wooster, for students in 9th and 10th grades:

  • High school class rank: top 10%
  • Grade point average: 3.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • One of the following test score requirements:
    • ACT composite score of 26 or higher
    • SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1180 or higher
    • PLAN composite score of 26 or higher
    • PAT Critical Reading and Math score of 118 or higher

Application Process

The application and additional details for the Ohio State Academy can be found on the Academy website

To be considered for admission to the Academy Program, students must submit the following materials by the deadline (see "Application Deadlines" below):

  1. Completed online application
  2. Completed High School Information Form, signed by the high school counselor or principal
  3. $60 nonrefundable application fee
  4. Official transcript of high school course work
  5. Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT, or PLAN)

Admission to OSU after High School
The Ohio State Academy Program is designed for talented high school students wishing to take college courses while still in high school. Admission to the Academy Program does not imply or guarantee admission to the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University as a degree-seeking student. An Academy participant who desires admission to Ohio State's Columbus campus as a degree-seeking student must complete a separate application and participate in a competitive admission process.

Course Registration
Students who are admitted to the Academy Program will be invited to an orientation program several weeks before the start of their first semester of enrollment. Students will meet with the Academy advisor and schedule classes during this orientation program. 

Students must complete the college preparatory requirements in the subject area of interest before enrolling in a course in that subject through the Academy.

Students wishing to take... Must complete these high school courses

English

 4 units college prep English

Math

 The highest level of math available at the high school

Natural Science

 3 units of science with a lab

Social Science

 2 units of social science

Foreign Language

 2 units of foreign language (can be different from the language you wish to take through the Academy)

Visual or Performing Arts

 1 unit of visual or performing art

One unit = Carnegie Unit/ year-long course in high school

Students also need to meet course pre-requisites (e.g., math placement scores for a math or science course). Course enrollment will be limited by the number of seats available in the course. Students who are pursuing their Ohio State degree will be offered first choice of courses before Academy students are able to register for classes.

Important Application Deadlines:

  • February 1 - online application is available on the Ohio State website
  • March 30 - deadline to submit letter to your school counselor/district of your intent to participate in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program
  • May 1 - deadline to apply for the autumn semester 
  • Late June through August - autumn semester orientations (dates to be be determined)
  • Late August - first day of Autumn Semester classes
  • November 1 - deadline to apply for spring semester classes 

ATI PSEOP handout 2014A.docx