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If you haven't submitted your application for admission, you will need to do so before submitting your essay responses. You should submit your essay responses
 in your portal. You will be prompted to log in to your application account.


Respond to two of the following questions using no more than 300 words per essay. Please note that the essay questions change every year on July 1.


  • “One has to be willing to make mistakes,” Nikki Giovanni said. Describe a time you made a mistake but responded to the consequences with positivity and personal growth.
  • Discuss a piece of media that greatly impacted you personally and influenced your perspective on life. 
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela said. How will you use your education to have a lasting impact on your community?
  • When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that dream evolved over time, and what factors have motivated those changes?

Essay responses are used in our comprehensive review process if you do not meet assured admission criteria, as well as for select scholarships. You are not required to submit essays if you meet OSU’s assured admission criteria and do not wish to be considered for all scholarships.

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