All business schools process their applications differently. At Ohio State, we have a centralized Graduate Admissions Office that ultimately processes all of our applications. As an applicant, you will receive communication from Fisher (Graduate Programs Office, aka “GPO”) and from The Ohio State University (Graduate Admissions Office, aka “GAO”).
When you apply to the PhD program, you must send ALL of your materials to the Fisher GPO. Since most of your application can be completed online, this generally refers to transcripts. We ask you for two official copies of each your transcripts. Send BOTH official copies of each of your transcripts to the Fisher GPO, as we will make sure a copy is sent to the university’s GAO.
The physical/surface mailing address for the Fisher GPO is
Fisher College of Business/Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
2108 Neil Ave
Columbus OH 43210-1144
It is critical you put “PhD Admissions” in the first line of the address on anything you send to us via surface mail. The Fisher GPO processes applications for several different graduate programs – if you omit “PhD Admissions” or accidentally list another program, your mail has a higher chance of being mis-filed and mis-placed. We will find it eventually – but the processing of your file will very likely be unnecessarily delayed.
Checking status of your application
When you submit your application to the PhD program, you will receive an email from the Fisher application system confirming that we have received your submitted application. The email will also include a link through which you can check the status of your application. Use that link – and that link only – to check the status of your application. Please note it can take up to two weeks from the time you submitted your application to the time your web status update page is updated. So, please, if you need to contact us about the status of your application, please be patient and allow a couple of weeks to pass before contacting us.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!