The Ohio State University at Lima

Becoming a Buckeye

The decision to continue your educational journey is an important one. Choosing to take that step at The Ohio State University at Lima is an easy one. The campus brings together the resources and expertise of the state's No. 1 public university with the tight knit community on the Lima campus. Take the opportunity to discover all that Ohio State Lima has to offer you as you explore the links below and make the first step toward your future. When you are ready to learn more about how you can become a Buckeye at Ohio State Lima, reach out to our Office of Admissions.

Completed Application Includes

  • Completed Freshmen Application
  • $60 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency. (Test scores are not required for the regional campuses, but strongly encouraged due to scholarship requirements. Test scores also help dictate placement testing needs.)

Application Deadlines

  • Autumn Semester (begins in August): July 15
  • Spring Semester (begins in January): Dec 1
  • Summer Semester (begins in May/June): April 15

  • Apply after the deadline

Transcripts should be sent electronically, if possible. The address to have them sent to is:

If electronic delivery is not possible, have transcript(s) mailed to the address below:
The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Learn about our programs

Bachelor's Degrees


Business Management

Education - Child and Youth Studies

Education - Early Childhood/Primary Education

Education - Middle Childhood Education

Engineering Technology




Social Work



Minors and Certificate Programs




Creative Writing

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*






Substance Misuse and Addiction



*program is a certification not a minor

Pathway to Columbus

Start any of the 200+ degree programs on the Lima campus and transition to Columbus once you’ve earned 30 post- high school credits and a 2.0 Ohio State GPA.

Paying for College

Ohio State Lima is committed to make becoming a Buckeye financially possible. Through the tuition guarantee program, financial aid and university grants and scholarships, students on the Lima campus attend the No. 1 public university in the state, leveraging an exception education with the affordability of a regional campus.

For more information:

After you Apply

Activate your username and password

Within five days of applying, you will receive an email from Ohio State acknowledging receipt of your application that includes your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).

  • Follow the instructions in the email to activate your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center where you can check on the status of your application.
  • Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.
  • If you have problems activating, contact our IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or

Check your Application Status

Log in to your Applicant Center to check the status of your application and all requirements. Required application materials must be received by Ohio State by the application deadline.

Submit the FAFSA and Scholarship Applications

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA and complete the ScholarshipUniverse application by the priority date of February 1 to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Check out this helpful financial aid Apply Checklist.



After you have been Admitted

Congratulations on being BUCKEYE BOUND!

Set up Buckeye Mail Account

Accept offer of admissions and pay your $100 acceptance fee

Finish strong and submit your final high school transcripts (info is at the top of this page, how should we identify this?)

If you have already done so, submit your FAFSA and scholarship applications

Explore housing options

Register for Orientation*

*$100 acceptance fee must be paid prior to registering for orientation.

Contact Us:

Office of Admissions
4240 Campus Drive
Student Services Center