Graduation Application Deadlines

Graduating from The Ohio State University is a special time for every student, but one that requires prior action. Please find your college below and file your graduation application by the deadline listed. If you are pursuing more than one degree across different colleges, you must apply to both colleges by the deadlines listed. For questions regarding your application deadline, please contact your college/department's advising office.

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Deadlines by College

Agricultural Technical Institute
Phone: 330-287-1303 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Summer Term.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Spring Semester.

Arts and Sciences, College of
Phone: 614-292-6961 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 10th Friday of the term.
- Associate of Arts students for all semesters must apply by the 10th Friday of the semester.

Honors Program: Arts and Sciences, College of
Phone: 614-292-5104 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 8th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 10th Friday of the term.

Architecture, Knowlton School of
Phone: 614-292-1012 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of Spring Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of Spring Semester.

Business, Fisher College of
Phone: 614-292-5314 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the previous Summer Term.

Dental Hygiene, College of Dentistry
Phone: 614-292-2228
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by August 1.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by December 1.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by April 1.

Dentistry, College of
Phone: 614-292-4404
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the term.

Education and Human Ecology, College of
Phone: 614-292-6612 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by 10th Friday of the term.

Engineering, College of
Phone: 614-292-2651 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Spring Semester.

Environment and Natural Resources, School of
Phone: 614-292-2265 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 1st Friday of previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 1st Friday of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by 1st Friday of previous Spring Semester.

Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, College of
Phone: 614-292-1734 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by 3rd week of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by 3rd week of previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by 3rd week of previous Summer Term.

Graduate School
Phone: 614-292-6031 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 3rd Friday of the term.

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of
Phone: 614-292-1706 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 4th week of previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 4th week of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 4th week of previous Spring Semester.

Law, Moritz College of
Phone: 614-292-5992
- Graduation applications are not required.

Medicine, College of
Phone: 614-292-5674
- Graduation applications are not required.

Nursing, College of
Phone: 614-292-8742
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester. 
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by 10th Friday of the term.

Optometry, College of
Phone: 614-292-2647
- Graduation applications are not required.

Pharmacy, College of
Phone: 614-292-4235
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by 10th Friday of the semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by 10th Friday of the term.

Public Affairs, John Glenn College of
Phone: 614-292-9633 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by October 1.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by March 1.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by July 1.

Public Health, College of
Phone: 614-292-8350 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Summer Term.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Autumn Semester.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the 2nd Friday of previous Spring Semester.

Social Work, College of
Phone: 614-292-7488 | Website
- Graduating Autumn Semester, students must apply by the previous Spring Semester.
- Graduating Spring Semester, students must apply by the previous Summer Term.
- Graduating Summer Term, students must apply by the previous Autumn Semester.

Veterinary Medicine, College of
Phone: 614-688-2437
- Graduation applications are not required.

Effective Summer Term 2019, university policy requires that all applications for graduation be submitted no later than the following. Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed until the following term.

Undergraduate: The Friday of the 10th week of the semester/term:
- Spring Semester 2020: March 20, 2020
- Summer Term 2020: July 10, 2020
- Autumn Semester 2020: Oct. 30, 2020

Graduate and Professional: The Friday of the 3rd week of the semester/term:
- Spring Semester 2020: Jan. 24, 2020
- Summer Term 2020: May 22, 2020
- Autumn Semester 2020: Sept. 11, 2020


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