The Ohio State University at Newark

Seniors: Prepare now to attend college next fall.

September 30, 2021

You’ve made it to senior year, and you have a lot of things to look forward to — senior prom, senior trip, graduation day. But don’t get senioritis just yet. If you’re planning to go to college next year, it’s time to focus on the college admissions process and finalize your choice. Here’s what you should do this fall to prepare for college next year.

Talk about it.
Establish a good relationship and rapport with your high school counselor so that they can provide guidance, support and help to meet college/university admission, enrollment and scholarship deadlines.

In addition to your high school counselor, start talking to friends, family members, neighbors and others about the schools you are considering so that you can gather information and begin to form your own opinion. Remember to do your own research and ask your own questions, too!

Discussing money can be difficult, but now is the time to have a “heart-to-heart” conversation with your parents about how much they can/will help pay for your college education. This is an investment in your future and one of the biggest purchases you’ll make.

Visit colleges and universities.

Fall equals back to school, and it’s a great time to visit colleges and universities. There’s no better way to see if a school is a good fit for you. Before you attend, think about and prioritize what you want
in a college/university. Ask yourself:

  • How far from home do I want to be?
  • Do I want to attend a big school or a small one?
  • How much am I willing to pay?
  • What truly matters to me?

And then seek it out when you go visit!

Buckeye Visit Days are perhaps the best way to get a comprehensive overview of Ohio State Newark. You’ll learn about all the experiences you’ll have as an Ohio State student — from academic to social opportunities — in a smaller campus setting. We invite you to join us:

  • Friday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more and register at

Be on the lookout for college/university recruiters at your high school, too. Ohio State Newark admissions representatives will be visiting many schools and attending college fairs this fall.

File the Fafsa.

Everyone should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Yes, everyone! The FAFSA is your key to unlocking federal, state and university financial aid. This includes low-cost loans, scholarships, grants and work-study. (Learn more about the types of aid here.) The FAFSA takes into account income, but it also considers many other factors like the size of your family and year in
school. You could be missing out on thousands of dollars by not filing.

Need another reason to file the FAFSA? Ohio State Newark has nearly $1.2 million in scholarships available each year. Most are awarded based on a student’s FAFSA and admission application. File early (you can add as many schools as you like now or later) so you don’t miss out on scholarships and other money.

The FAFSA is available October 1 each year at Ohio State’s school code is 003090.

Research majors.

While some of your peers decided their ideal career in kindergarten, most students have long forgotten their five-year-old ambition of becoming a superhero, professional athlete or movie star. Now that college is just around the corner, you might again be confronting the question, “What do you want to be when you graduate?”

Choosing a college major can help guide you toward a career path. You may consider your future earning potential. Some careers lead to higher salaries and have more job openings. You may also want to consider subject matter that you enjoy. You’re more likely to fully engage in your college experience and get better grades if you love what you’re learning.

At Ohio State Newark, students can start 200+ majors and even complete some of them. If you like the smaller campus and close-knit community, consider these majors that are available in their entirety at Ohio State Newark: business management, child and youth studies, early childhood education, middle childhood education, English, nursing (RN to BSN), psychology and social work (and beginning in
2023, engineering technology).


The application to Ohio State is now open to new students wanting to start in autumn 2022. Students can apply to the Columbus campus via the Common App by November 1 for
early action and February 1 for regular decision.

Did you know more than 1/3 of new Ohio State students start on a regional campus? On the Common App, select the Newark campus as your second-choice campus. To apply directly to Ohio State Newark, the regional app is available at You can apply to Ohio State Newark at any time during your senior year, but we recommend applying early to avoid missing important spring deadlines for scholarships, housing and more.