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Undergraduate Recruitment

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Recruitment serves as the liaison to Strategic Enrollment Services at the university level, offering support to college departments and units on matters of undergraduate student recruitment while also providing first-year programming in support of underrepresented student populations.

Undergraduate recruitment support for the college and its departments may look like:

  • Organizing and hosting college-level recruitment events on the Columbus campus
  • Representing the College of Arts and Sciences at on-and-off-campus university recruitment events
  • Preparing and presenting academic sessions for prospective and admitted student daily visits.
  • Preparing and hosting recruitment best practices trainings and workshops for faculty and staff
  • Collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Marketing and Communications to develop short- and long-term recruitment marketing and communications plans at the college and department level.
  • Collecting and maintaining prospective and admitted student data for marketing campaigns.
  • Linking underrepresented students to campus resources through first-year student programming such as the Program for Advancing in Scholarship and Service (PASS), Buckeye Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD), and transfer student programming TransPort.
  • January 1 – November 1: Conversion campaigns take place at both the university and college level aimed at recruiting prospective students to Ohio State programs.
  • August 1: College applications open
  • November 1: Early Action Application deadline (students who apply by this deadline receive an early admission decision by the end of January and are given priority consideration for merit scholarships, the Morrill Scholarship and Honors and Scholars programs).
  • December 15 - May 1: Yield campaigns and events aimed at encouraging newly admitted students to pay fees and attend Ohio State take place.
  • February 1: Regular Application deadline
  • May 1: Deadline for admitted students to pay acceptance fees.
  • May 1 - August 15: ‘Summer Melt’ campaigns take place, maintaining communication with incoming undergraduate students who have paid fees and encouraging attendance at orientation programs.
  • June 1: Deadline for newly admitted students to apply for PASS and BOLD first-year programming.
  • August 1: Deadline for transfer students to apply to TransPort programming for their first semester on the Columbus campus.
  • June – July: Admitted student orientation programs are underway.
  • Mid-to-late August: Fall semester begins.

Interested in learning more?
View key undergraduate admissions dates and terms, prospective student FAQs and more for both prospective students and admitted students.

The Arts and Sciences Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) is a first-year academic learning community for ethnically diverse Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of leadership development.

Navigating the university, learning about its resources and implementing career and life-long goals can be challenging. The Minority Organization Representing Excellence (MORE) was established as an institutionally recognized student organization with its roots in the PASS program.  MORE is designed for students who have participated in PASS and are interested in building their resumes for undergraduate and postgraduate goals through academic preparation and leadership development. 

The Arts and Sciences Buckeye Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) is a program that provides a network of support and leadership development for first-generation students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The TransPort Program connects transfer students with resources, academic support and opportunities for mentorship allowing transfer students to foster a connection with college staff, engage with a network of support and leadership development through a transfer student ambassador program and build a community with other transfer students navigating campus.

Office Contact Information

253 Journalism Building
242 West 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Tel: 614-688-4394
Fax: 614-688-3724
discoverasc@osu.edu (for prospective students)
welcome2asc@osu.edu (for admitted students)


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