Ohio State University Admissions Essay Questions
Be prepared for the following questions and prompts.
Writing: Personal essay
Ohio State requires a personal statement essay in response to one of the prompts provided. If you'd like to work on your response before beginning your application, here's a list of this year's essay prompts.
Academics: Your planned major
To learn more about Ohio State's majors, search Ohio State majors or read Undecided? if you're not sure what to major in.
Academics: Honors and Scholars Programs
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the University Honors Program or Ohio State Scholars Program and respond to the H&S essay prompt. If you wish to apply for the Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship, you must indicate interest in the University Honors Program and complete the Eminence Application.
Academics: Morrill Scholarship Program
To be considered, we strongly recommend that you meet our November 1 early action deadline. On the application, indicate interest in the Morrill Scholarship Program and respond to the MSP essay prompt. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement under Activities.
Academics: Opportunities beyond the undergraduate level
Ohio State offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Identifying your pre-professional interest on the application will enable your advisors to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals.
Academics: Alternate campus (Ohio residents only)
If you are not admitted to the Columbus campus, you will have the option of starting your Ohio State degree at a regional campus and changing to Columbus later. If you don't select an alternate campus, you will be automatically admitted to one.
OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018
Following up on the 2017-2018 OSU Fisher essay questions, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants. Let’s take a closer look at each essay.
2017-2018 OSU Fisher MBA Essay Topic Analysis
Why do you wish to earn an MBA? Why do you wish to earn an MBA from The Fisher College of Business? How will the Fisher MBA program assist you in achieving your immediate career goals? (750 words)
This is a fairly straightforward career goals essay, asking applicants to comment on why business school makes sense for them, how Fisher College is the ideal place to earn their MBA and to articulate their post-MBA career objectives.
To tailor this essay to Fisher, we recommend answering each question in the order in which it’s posed, if you can make that work with the flow of the response. You might touch on your work experience to date and hint at the future direction you wish to take (i.e. name the industry or functional shift you hope to accomplish), and explain why you need an MBA to advance along that path. Motivation may come in the form of having reached a plateau in learning at your current job or seeing an exciting opportunity that you want to act on as soon as possible, but need to enroll in business school to attain it. This first phase of your discussion should also describe the skills and knowledge you hope to gain from an MBA with an eye to your future plans (to be expanded on later).
Next, Fisher is essentially asking applicants exactly how much homework they’ve done on the MBA program in the second part of the prompt. Applicants should aim to highlight the insights that they gained from visiting the Fisher campus or attending off-site information sessions, and speaking with Fisher students and alumni. Subsequently, applicants should double back to comment on the specifics of their post-MBA plans. Because the school explicitly asks how the program would enable their immediate career goals, applicants should outline their short-term plans very specifically, including both the position the candidate hopes to hold immediately after an MBA, along with 1-2 companies one plans to target. Space permitting, candidates may also consider describing their broader 5-10 year plan, especially if the long-term possibilities have been influential in the path to b-school that they’ll describe earlier in the essay. Beyond the “what” and the “where,” the admissions committee will also be interested in the “why”: the impact that the applicant hopes to make on an organization, sector, consumer base, or region. Finally, it would make sense for this discussion to cover the specific curricular and programmatic offerings that make the Fisher MBA a fit with the applicant’s career goals and personal interests.
This is a good deal of information to pack into a 750-word essay for any applicant, but introducing the central elements of one’s candidacy in such a brief essay is definitely achievable, provided that applicants take their time to compose well-crafted and concise responses.
Share something interesting about yourself that we would not otherwise learn from your application. This video can be submitted via a link to YouTube or Vimeo.
This is a chance to literally show the adcom who you are, where you come from, and what you care about. Candidates should consider what they would truly want the adcom to know about them, while also being mindful of the balance of content with the other required essay. Applicants will want to think reflectively about their values and personality, as well as strategically about what makes them unique with respect to other applicants. Naturally, you’ll also want to communicate your enthusiasm about meeting and working with your fellow students and comment on any ways you would engage with them that aren’t covered in your first essay.
While there is no prescribed time, candidates should aim for a minute to two minutes in length. The adcom will simply not have time to watch a feature film and the direct request for “something interesting” leans more towards a snapshot.
Optional Essay 3(Required for University and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Consideration)
What is the most difficult situation you have had to deal with and what did you learn from the experience? (750 words)
Given that applicants may draw from the personal or professional realms in responding to this question, there are numerous topics that could be appropriate here. For example, an applicant could discuss how growing up in difficult socioeconomic circumstances influenced his or her strong work ethic, or how a relationship with an adversarial supervisor made him or her a more flexible, adaptable person. Regardless of the subject, after providing a detailed description of the situation or experience and the reasons it posed a challenge—i.e. what skills, values, areas of knowledge, or assumptions were tested— applicants should be sure to clearly explain how they rose to the challenge and how that process shaped them in a positive way that has prepared them for success. To really prove to the adcom that they learned from the experience, applicants could provide a brief example of a later time when they navigated a difficult situation by implementing the strengths they’ve gained. In demonstrating their overall growth, applicants will show the adcom that they possess the ability to exercise resilience and overcome challenging circumstances to achieve a favorable outcome.
Optional Additional Information
Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere. (250 words)
The admissions committee offers a rather open-ended prompt here; however, such essays are best used to address liabilities in one’s application, e.g. gaps in employment, a weak quantitative record. In such cases, applicants should keep their responses brief and to-the-point, offering explanations without making excuses and humbly bringing mitigating factors to the reader’s attention. That said, it’s possible that there are other elements of one’s background that would be appropriate and not covered elsewhere in one’s application, for example an anticipated promotion or an element of one’s identity not covered in the program’s data forms. While applicants should make an effort to fully represent their candidacies within the required elements of the application, this leaves a bit of room for short exceptions.
Clear Admit Resources
Thanks for reading our analysis of this year’s OSU / Fisher essay topics. As you work on your OSU / Fisher MBA essays and application, we encourage you to consider all of Clear Admit’s OSU / Fisher offerings:
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