The Ohio State University at Lima


The Ohio State University at Lima holds to the tradition of open enrollment. This means that any Ohio resident who has graduated from high school (or earned a GED) and not attended any other post-secondary school will be admitted.

All other student populations* will be academically reviewed individually for admissions to Ohio State Lima.
*Transfer, CCP, Continuing Education, Graduate Non Degree, Program 60


Students who are graduating high school or starting college for the first time.

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Students currently attending or previously attended a 2- or 4-year institution and earned college credit after graduating high school.

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Additional Types of Applicants

College Credit Plus - The Academy

The Academy program is the Ohio State implementation of the state of Ohio's “College Credit Plus” program. It is a partnership between Ohio State, the high school and the student and his or her family. The Academy program allows high school students to earn college credit. The student will have an official college transcript and college credit that can be put toward a degree program.

Admission to the Academy program at Ohio State Lima will be based on students meeting the college readiness standards as defined by the state of Ohio. These standards are based on ACT/SAT/Accuplacer scores.

Readiness Area


Old SAT (taken before March 2016)

New SAT (taken March 2016 or later)


English Sub Score


Writing: 430 | Critical Reading: 450

Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480

Next Gen Writing - 263 or above OR 5 on Writeplacer

Reading Sub Score



Evidence Based Reading & Writing 480

Next Gen Reading - 250 or above

Mathematics Sub Score




QAS/AAF - 263 or above

Deadline for the online application
Lima Campus

Autumn Semester (begins in August): May 1
Spring Semester (begins in January): October 15
Summer Term (begins in May/June): February 15

If you have any questions about the Academy program at Ohio State, you can contact the Office of Admissions at, 567-242-7500 or visit:

Military and Veteran

Please follow above steps based on your classification of a freshman, transfer, or graduate student. Visit the Office of Veteran and Military Students for more information about benefits and residency qualifications.

Deadline for the online application
Lima Campus

Autumn Semester (begins in August): July 1
Spring Semester (begins in January): December 1
Summer Term (begins in May/June): April 1
*Applications are available August 1

Click to complete the regional application for Freshmen or Transfer student.

If you would like to speak with someone in Veterans Affairs please contact Michael Forrest. If you have questions about Financial Aid and the benefits you are eligible for to help pay for college please contact Gina Lee. Thank you for your service and we look forward to working with you throughout the application process.

Contact Information

Michael Forrest
Program Director
Phone: 614-292-7047

Gina Lee
For Student Veteran Financial Aid/GI Bill
Phone: 614-292-3453

Office of Admissions Lima
Phone: 567-242-7500

Continuing Education

Generally, domestic students who are eligible for admission to CED must demonstrate the following academic achievements:

  • Graduation from high school or a GED
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous university-level coursework
  • NOTE: If you don’t have at least a 2.0 GPA, please provide a written explanation and transcripts from all institutions attended, along with your CED application.
  • Be in good standing with other colleges or universities attended

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be at least 24 years of age, have a bachelor’s degree, or have been out of high school for at least four years


  • Be in a degree-granting program at another university and wish to transfer Ohio State credit back to that institution .

There are exceptions to these general guidelines. For questions, please contact the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at 614-292-8860 or the Lima Office of Admissions 567-242-7500.

* If you are a current student attending Rhodes State College and would like to take an Ohio State course, your $60.00 application fee will be waived. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 567-242-7500 for more information

Please submit the following when applying to The Ohio State University at Lima as a CED student:

Graduate Nondegree

Please submit the following to apply as a GND student:

  • Completed Graduate Nondegree online application
  • $60 application fee
  • A copy of your undergraduate diploma or final college transcripts showing your undergraduate graduation date. These will need to be electronically saved or scanned and uploaded to your online application.
  • Please make sure to list the course(s) you wish to take on the application where indicated.

For additional information and application

Out of State

Ohio State Lima has expanded enrollment options and is pleased to offer admission to specific bordering counties within the states of Indiana and Michigan.


Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Jay, Steuben and Wells counties are included within our admissions territory

Indiana students are eligible for in-state tuition rates based on an agreement with the state of Indiana and are only valid at the Lima campus of The Ohio State University.


Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are included within our admissions territory.

Out-of-state tuition rates apply for Michigan students.

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming Transfer Students

Transcript Address:
The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
*College/University transcripts will be considered unofficial if received in Lima.

Deadline for the online application
Lima Campus
Autumn Semester (begins in August): July 1
Spring Semester (begins in January): December 1
Summer Term (begins in May/June): April 1
*Applications are available August 1
Please click here for information on applying after the online deadline: Late Registration

Program 60

Program 60 is a unique learning opportunity for Ohio citizens to register and attend undergraduate and graduate level courses, tuition-free, at The Ohio State University. Credit cannot be given nor will courses be applied toward a degree. Acceptance into a course is based on permission of the instructor and space availability.

Program 60 Summer Registration Dates: April 5, 2022-May 6, 2022

Program 60 Summer Enrollment Dates: April 21, 2022-May 20, 2022

Program Registration

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 567-242-7500 or