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From the moment you arrive on campus, you'll notice there's something different about Fisher. It's not just our impressive buildings, it's what's inside. It's our approach to learning and leadership. It's how we manage our nationally-ranked programs, and the business college itself.

We believe in learning by doing - a mix of practical theory plus real world experience that our students say prepares them to make a difference in the world. You'll have to work hard to succeed, but you'll do so within an environment of support and collaboration. The benefit? You'll be noticed, heard, and make an impact on the world around you.

The 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.

Admission Criteria

Current OSU StudentsFuture Domestic FreshmanFuture 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: JANUARY 31
    • SPRING SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15

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 Change Information Sessions

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

The Fisher College of Business is hosting Major Change Information Sessions throughout the academic year.  Interested students are encouraged to attend 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 Change Information page for registration information and pre-major admission criteria.

 

ADMISSION TO PRE-MAJOR PROGRAM (EFFECTIVE FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS SUMMER 2013 AND FORWARD)

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University.  You must indicate business on the university application as your desired major.  No separate application for Fisher is needed.

Most entering freshman business students enter the college as pre-major program students.  After successful completion of required business coursework, eligible students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

Domestic Freshman eligibility requirements for the Pre-Major Program:

  • Minimum ACT of 25 -or-
  • Minimum SAT of 1150 (critical reading & math only) -or-
  • Ranked in the top 20% of high school class

A limited number of entering freshman, or New First-Year Students (NFYS), will be offered direct admission to the major program through the FisherDirect Initiative.  Please see Direct Admission criteria below and a description of the FisherDirect Initiative.

DIRECT ADMISSION CRITERIA (EFFECTIVE AUTUMN SEMESTER 2013)

Only incoming freshman who matriculate at The Ohio State University-Columbus Campus in the autumn semester are eligible for direct admission.  Freshman who matriculate in the spring or summer semesters and transfer students are not eligible for direct admission.

FRESHMAN (NFYS)

For Autumn 2013, you will be directly admitted to the major program and specialization if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Admitted Autumn semester to Ohio State-Columbus Campus and initially admitted to Fisher's pre-major program -AND-
  2. Successfully admitted to:
  • University Honors OR Business Scholars OR Fisher's Global Business Learning Community, -OR-
  • Are direct-admitted via a merit-based review process (see Important Notes below

                      ***To be considered for the merit-based review process:

                                1.  Must apply to the university on or before December 1
                                2.  Must be admitted to Columbus Campus

What is FisherDirect?

First-year students directly admitted to the Fisher College of Business through the programs listed above (University Honors, Business Scholars, Fisher's Global Business Learning Community, Merit-Based review) become part of the FisherDirect community.  The FisherDirect initiative will engage direct admit 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.  For additional information regarding FisherDirect initiative and direct admission, please e-mail futureundergrad@fisher.osu.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • 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.  Notification may also be sent to students' Ohio State e-mail address.
  • Students will officially switch to major program status and select desired specialization at their scheduled summer orientation program.
  • Students not directly admitted will begin as pre-major program students and apply to the major program via the admission process detailed on the Current OSU Students Admission tab.
  • 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.
  • QUESTIONS?  Please contact futureundergrad@fisher.osu.edu.

ADMISSION TO PRE-MAJOR PROGRAM (EFFECTIVE FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS SUMMER 2013 AND FORWARD)

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University.  You must indicate business on your university application as the desired major.  No separate application for Fisher is needed.

Most entering freshman business students enter the college as pre-major program students.  After successful completion of required business course work, eligible students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

International Freshman Eligibility Requirements for the Pre-Major Program:

  • Minimum ACT of 27 -or-
  • Minimum SAT of 1210 (critical reading & math only) -AND-
  • Ranked in the top 25% of high school class

A limited number of entering freshman, or New First-Year Students (NFYS), will be offered direct admission to the major program through the FisherDirect Initiative.  Please see Direct Admission criteria below and a description of the FisherDirect Initiative.

DIRECT ADMISSION CRITERIA (EFFECTIVE AUTUMN SEMESTER 2013)

Only incoming freshman who matriculate at The Ohio State University-Columbus Campus in the autumn semester are eligible for direct admission.  Freshman who matriculate in the spring or summer semesters and transfer students are not eligible for direct admission.

FRESHMAN (NFYS)

For Autumn 2013, you will be directly admitted to the major program and specialization if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Admitted Autumn semester to Ohio State-Columbus Campus and initially admitted to Fisher's pre-major program -AND-
  2. Successfully admitted to:
  • University Honors OR Business Scholars OR Fisher's Global Business Learning Community, -OR-
  • Are direct-admitted via a merit-based review process (see Important Notes below

                      ***To be considered for the merit-based review process:

                                1.  Must apply to the university on or before December 1
                                2.  Must be admitted to Columbus Campus

What is FisherDirect?

First-year students directly admitted to the Fisher College of Business through the programs listed above (University Honors, Business Scholars, Fisher's Global Business Learning Community, Merit-Based review) become part of the FisherDirect community.  The FisherDirect initiative will engage direct admit 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.  For additional information regarding FisherDirect initiative and direct admission, please e-mail futureundergrad@fisher.osu.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • 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.  Notification may also be sent to students' Ohio State e-mail address.
  • Students will officially switch to major program status and select desired specialization at their scheduled summer orientation program.
  • Students not directly admitted will begin as pre-major program students and apply to the major program via the admission process detailed on the Current OSU Students Admission tab.
  • 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.
  • QUESTIONS?  Please contact futureundergrad@fisher.osu.edu.

ADMISSION TO PRE-MAJOR PROGRAM (EFFECTIVE FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS SUMMER 2013 AND FORWARD)

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University.  You must indicate business on your university application as the desired major.  No separate application for Fisher is needed.

New transfer students enter the college as pre-major program students.  After successful completion of required business course work, eligible students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

New Domestic Transfer Student Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Major Program:

  • University Admissions will review all collegiate-level course work from all institutions attended.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 or better is required for the Fisher Pre-Major Program.

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, please note 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 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 1040, 1050, 1075, or 1130 will need additional semesters of study before meeting eligibility to apply to the Major Program and Specialization.

ADMISSION TO PRE-MAJOR PROGRAM (EFFECTIVE FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS SUMMER 2013 AND FORWARD)

All future students must first apply and be admitted to The Ohio State University.  You must indicate business on your university application as the desired major.  No separate application for Fisher is needed.

New transfer students enter the college as pre-major program students.  After successful completion of required business course work, eligible students will apply to the major program and desired specialization through a competitive application process.

New International Transfer Student Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Major Program:

  • University admissions will review all collegiate-level coursework from all institutions attended.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is required for the Fisher Pre-Major Program. -AND-
  • Admitted international transfer students must have LESS THAN 60 semester hours (or the equivalent)

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PROSPECTIVE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS:

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, please note 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 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.  For Example:

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.