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Why just study business when you can experience it?  Our rigorous, action-based curriculum prepares students to discover passions and launch careers.  Through leadership development and a commitment to community, students Go Beyond to make an immediate impact all over the world.  Not surprisingly, recruiters name Fisher undergrads as the second most sought-after graduates in the country. 

Admission to The Ohio State University is competitive.  All future business students must first apply and be admitted to the university.  You must indicate “Business” or one of our Fisher specializations on the university application as your desired major.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) may be earned at the Columbus campus or any of four Ohio State regional campuses. To learn more about attending a regional campus and for Regional Business Advisor contact information, visit the Future Students - Regional Programs page.

 

Current OSU StudentsFuture Domestic FreshmenFuture International FreshmenFuture Domestic Transfer StudentsFuture International Transfer Students

ADMISSION TO MAJOR PROGRAM & SPECIALIZATION CRITERIA (EFFECTIVE FOR SUMMER 2012 AND FORWARD)

This process is for current OSU students only.  Admission to the major program in the Fisher College of Business is determined by the available enrollment capacity, size and quality of the application pool and therefore is not guaranteed.  Individual specializations are competitive; GPA requirements for each specialization will fluctuate with each applicant pool.  Students who are not competitive for their first specialization choice will be considered for their alternate selection, and may be admitted to major with specialization undecided.

Application for acceptance to major program and specialization in the Fisher College of Business may be submitted for consideration when the following set of criteria is met:

Requirements for application to Major Program:

  • Minimum OSU GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Completion of 26 semester hours of course work (this includes transfer credit, EM, AP, PSEO)
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of OSU letter-graded earned hours
  • Completion of English 1110 or equivalent with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Math 1131 or 1151 or equivalent and prerequisites with grades of C or better


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Current Ohio State students may apply to the Business Administration major program by submitting an online application.
  • Applications are made available one month prior to each application deadline:
    • AUTUMN SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1
    • SPRING SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15
    • SUMMER SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31

ALL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET THE SEMESTER PRIOR TO APPLICATION!

  • Once admitted to the major program, a professional program fee and technology fee is assessed every term to students in Fisher's undergraduate professional program.  Fees are subject to annual review and may change without notice.
  • Admissions decision will be sent to your OSU email address.  It is your responsibility to check your account and to be sure it is functioning properly.

Major Changer Modules

Are you a current Ohio State student thinking about switching your major to business? 

The Fisher College of Business conducts Major Changer Modules online throughout the academic year.  Interested students are encouraged to enroll to learn about the business specializations offered, admission criteria, and additional program opportunities. These sessions are for current OSU students only.  Please visit the Major Changer Modules page for registration information and pre-major admission criteria.

ADMISSIONS

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University. You must indicate “Business” or one of our Fisher specializations on the university application as your desired major. No separate application for Fisher is needed.

University applications for Autumn 2015 open on August 1, 2014.  Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by Ohio State’s early action deadline of November 1, 2014.  The benefits of meeting the November 1 priority deadline are early notification of our decision regarding your admission to Ohio State and first consideration for merit scholarships and Honors and Scholars Programs.

Fisher Freshmen Profile Information

For Autumn 2014, the projected middle 50% of students entering the Fisher College of Business have an ACT Composite Score of 27-30 and/or an SAT (critical reading and math) of 1210 – 1330.  Twenty-five percent of the incoming business students have an academic profile that exceeds this range and 25% have a profile below.  Over half of the incoming business students were ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Direct Admission Criteria for Autumn 2015

Only incoming freshman who matriculate at The Ohio State University-Columbus Campus in the autumn semester are eligible for direct admission.

Students will automatically be offered direct admission to the Fisher College of Business if they have:

  • Earned a composite ACT score of 29 or SAT total score of 1300 (critical reading and math only) or higher. 

          -OR-

  • Earned a composite ACT score of 25 or SAT total score of 1150 (critical reading and math only) or higher, AND rank in the top 20% of high school class.

Students directly admitted to the Fisher College of Business become part of the FisherDirect community. The FisherDirect initiative will engage students in a variety of co-curricular experiences during each of their 4 years at Fisher. The FisherDirect initiative is intended to offer high-achieving students access to special opportunities designed to complement course work and maximize potential as a Fisher student.

Fisher’s Pre-Major Program

Students who do not qualify for direct admission will be considered for Fisher’s Pre-Major Program.  Pre-major students are members of the Fisher community and will work with an assigned business academic counselor to begin their required foundation courses

After satisfactory completion of business coursework and required minimum GPA, eligible pre-major students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Once admitted to the major program, a professional program fee and technology fee is assessed every term to students in Fisher's undergraduate professional program. Fees are subject to annual review and may change without notice.
  • You will first receive an admissions decision from Ohio State, if admitted, you will then receive a separate admission notification regarding the college of business.
  • QUESTIONS? Please contact futureundergrad@fisher.osu.edu. 

ADMISSIONS

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University. You must indicate “Business” or one of our Fisher specializations on the university application as your desired major. No separate application for Fisher is needed.

University applications for autumn 2015 open on August 1, 2014Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by Ohio State’s early action deadline of November 1, 2014.  The benefits of meeting the November 1 priority deadline are early notification of our decision regarding your admission to Ohio State and first consideration for merit scholarships and Honors and Scholars Programs.

Fisher’s Pre-Major Program

Eligible international freshmen enter as Pre-major program students.  Pre-major students are members of the Fisher community and will work with an assigned business academic counselor to begin their required foundation courses.

After successful satisfactory completion of business coursework and required minimum GPA, eligible pre-major students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

Pre-Major Program Criteria:

  •          Earned a minimum ACT composite of 27 or SAT total score of 1210 (critical reading and math only)

                   AND rank in the top 25% of high school class.

Direct Admission Criteria for Autumn 2015

Incoming students may be offered direct admission to the Fisher College of Business if they have:

  •          Been admitted to University Honors, Business Scholars or Fisher’s Global Business Learning Community.
  •          Been selected via a merit-based* review process.

(*Students considered for the merit-based review process will be selected at the discretion of the Undergraduate Programs Office. Students will receive written notification if selected via the e-mail address listed on their Ohio State application.)

Students directly admitted to the Fisher College of Business become part of the FisherDirect community. The FisherDirect initiative will engage students in a variety of co-curricular experiences during each of their 4 years at Fisher. The FisherDirect initiative is intended to offer high-achieving students access to special opportunities designed to complement course work and maximize potential as a Fisher student

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

ADMISSIONS

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University. You must indicate “Business” or one of our Fisher specializations on the university application as your desired major. No separate application for Fisher is needed.

Transfer students enter the college as pre-major program students.  Subsequently, all admitted transfer students will be reviewed for direct admission (see criteria below).  After successful completion of required business course work and minimum Ohio State GPA, eligible pre-major students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Major Program:

  • Been admitted to The Ohio State University and indicated business as their intended major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 or better required for the Fisher Pre-Major Program.  University Admissions will review all collegiate-level course work from all institutions attended

Direct Admission Criteria:

At orientation, new transfer students will be reviewed for direct admission eligibility and notified at that time. 

Transfer students will be directly admitted to the major program and specialization if the following criteria are met:

  •          Have transfer credit officially evaluated and posted for Math 1131 or Math 1151 with a grade of C or better.
  •          Have transfer credit officially evaluated and posted for English 1110 with a grade of C or better.
  •          Completion of 26 semester hours of collegiate level coursework (this includes transfer credit, EM, AP, PSEO).
  •          Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from all previous collegiate institutions attended.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  •          Due to curriculum sequencing, ideal candidates should transfer prior to earning 60 semester hours.
  •          The major program curriculum consists of business core courses and courses from the selected specialization.        

 

There are restrictions limiting how much credit can be applied to both the core and specialization:

  • A maximum of 3 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted toward a student's specialization.
  • A maximum of 10 semester hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the required business core coursework.  NOTE:  Students attending a college or university in the state of Ohio: all courses that are part of the Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) will be accepted.
  • Transfer credit for core AND specialization coursework will only be considered if it was completed at a domestic AACSB accredited institution OR international institutions who are undergraduate exchange program partners with the Fisher College of Business.
  • Transfer students in the Pre-Major Program must complete a minimum of 12 letter-graded semester hours at Ohio State and meet eligibility before application to major program and specialization can be considered.  Therefore, new transfer students admitted to the Pre-Major Program can expect to start major specific courses a minimum of 1 year from their first term of enrollment. 

 

For example:

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Autumn Term

First term of enrollment.  Student completes requirements to make application to major program.

Student completes application to major program on or before January 31st.  Admit decisions will be known prior to scheduling for the autumn term.

Student is now eligible to take major courses.

 This model assumes a Math placement of Math 1131 or higher.  Students beginning their studies with Math 1050, 1075, or 1130 will need additional semesters of study before meeting eligibility to apply to the Major Program and Specialization.

ADMISSIONS

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University. You must indicate “Business” or one of our Fisher specializations on the university application as your desired major. No separate application for Fisher is needed.

Transfer students enter the college as pre-major program students.  Subsequently, all admitted transfer students will be reviewed for direct admission (see criteria below).  After successful completion of required business course work and minimum Ohio State GPA, eligible pre-major students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Major Program:

  • Been admitted to The Ohio State University and indicated business as their intended major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 or better required for the Fisher Pre-Major Program.  University Admissions will review all collegiate-level course work from all institutions attended
  • Admitted international transfer students must have LESS THAN 60 semester hours (or the equivalent).

Direct Admission Criteria:

At orientation, new transfer students will be reviewed for direct admission eligibility and notified at that time. 

Transfer students will be directly admitted to the major program and specialization if the following criteria are met:

  •          Have transfer credit officially evaluated and posted for Math 1131 or Math 1151 with a grade of C or better.
  •          Have transfer credit officially evaluated and posted for English 1110 with a grade of C or better.
  •          Completion of 26 semester hours of collegiate level coursework (this includes transfer credit, EM, AP, PSEO).
  •          Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from all previous collegiate institutions attended.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

The major program curriculum consists of business core courses and courses from the selected specialization. 

There are restrictions limiting how much credit can be applied to both the core and specialization:

  • A maximum of 3 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted toward a student's specialization.
  • A maximum of 10 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted toward the required business core coursework. NOTE: Students attending a college or university in the state of Ohio: all courses that are part of the Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) will be accepted.
  • Transfer credit for core AND specialization coursework will only be considered if it was completed at a domestic AACSB accredited institution OR international institutions who are undergraduate exchange program partners with the Fisher College of Business.

Transfer students in the Pre-Major Program must complete a minimum of 12 letter-graded semester hours at Ohio State and meet eligibility before application to major program and specialization can be considered.  Therefore, new international transfer students admitted to the Pre-Major Program can expect to start major specific courses a minimum of 1 year, possibly 2 years from their first term of enrollment.  

Autumn Term Spring Term Autumn Term Spring Term Autumn Term
First term of enrollment.  Student enrolls in EDUT&L 1901 and other required courses. Student enrolls in EDUT&L 1902 and other required courses. Student enrolls in ENGLISH 1110 and other required courses.  Completes requirements to make application to major program. Students submits application to major program on or before January 31st. Student is now eligible to take major courses.

 

 

 

 

 

This model assumes an initial placement in EDUT&L 1901.  An ESL Composition Placement exam will be administered at orientation.