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To align with our mission of affordability and accessibility, we're covering the $60 application fee for first-year applicants who apply directly to Ohio State Lima between October 15 and December 15. We are dedicated to providing Ohio students and families with an excellent college education at one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.

Just enter fee waiver code UFWREG4 on the online application and submit your complete application (online application plus transcript sent from your high school) to your regional campus of choice by December 15 for these big benefits:

  • No application fee
  • Automatic consideration for scholarships
  • Quick admissions decision (typically under three weeks!)

This fee waiver code is exclusively available for first-year regional campus applicants.

Admission criteria

If you have never attended college, you are guaranteed admission to Ohio State Lima if you are an Ohio resident with a degree from an accredited high school or a GED. Note that:

  • Qualified transfer students must have — at the time of application — a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college course work earned after high school graduation.
  • Home-schooled applicants must submit an approved “excuse from attendance” verification (or equivalent) provided by a local school district or state official. Refer to your state’s Department of Education website to determine the specific document your state uses.

Preparing to apply

Read about applying step-by-step: Freshmen applicants  |  Transfer applicants

So, why Lima?

Many campuses. One Ohio State.

When you think of The Ohio State University, think beyond Columbus. With campuses across the state, you’ve got choices. Wherever you attend, your degree will read: The Ohio State University.

Campus-change program

Regional campus students in good academic standing may switch to the Columbus campus any time after they have completed 30 semester hours. Some programs may have more rigorous enrollment criteria, so you’ll work with an advisor to plan and prepare.

Academic programs

Complete a bachelor’s degree in:

Business Management
Education–Child and Youth Studies

Education–Dual License in Primary Education and Intervention Specialist

Education–Early Childhood Education/Primary Education

Education–Middle Childhood Education

Engineering Technology
Social Work


Other degree options

Baccalaureate completion programs in Health Sciences and Social Work
Associate of Arts


Faculty excellence: Study with professors who are nationally and internationally recognized. Since 1995, 10 have received Ohio State’s prestigious Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

Education abroad: Learn through global experiences such as our Czech theatre and culture trip to Prague, or any of Ohio State’s 200 study abroad programs in over 50 countries. 

Research: Enhance your academic experience by engaging with faculty on research projects. Researchers are able to present their findings at Ohio State Lima’s Undergraduate Research Forum as well as on the Columbus campus at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. 

Honors: Enjoy priority scheduling, scholarship and travel opportunities, research and independent study, and more. 

Academic support: Ohio State Lima offers a variety of support options, including the writing and math centers at the Phillip A. Heath Center for Teaching and Learning, tutoring, academic advising, career services and more. Our goal is to provide an environment which maximizes our students’ learning potential. 

Student life 

Athletics: Ohio State Lima is a member of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, offering collegiate sports programs including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, golf and volleyball. The campus also offers a variety of intramural and recreational sports. 

30+ student clubs and organizations: Join the Art Club, Volunteer Club, Circle K, Business Club, Pre-Professional Health Club, Campus Activity Board and more. Learn more about student life at Ohio State Lima

Help with the transition to college

From day one, First Year Experience helps all students manage the transition from high school to college. First-year, first-generation students should consider the Generation One Learning Community.

Student services 

Resources include student advocacy, career services, counseling services, disability services, a wellness center, and military and veteran’s services.