Applying to an HRS program

  • Your journey to HRS starts with your acceptance to Ohio State. 
  • A separate application is required for admission into all our undergraduate programs because they are highly competitive. All undergraduate programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 although most successful applicants have higher than a 3.0 GPA.
  • Other criteria may vary by program, please review the individual program admissions requirements. 
  • To assist students with building the strongest application possible, the HRS Office of Student Services hosts an Undergraduate Application Workshop which covers the application process for our programs and provides answers to questions that students may have. 

Focusing on the first year

  • At Ohio State, we place special emphasis on your first year because we know that foundations built during this time are key to your academic success and ultimately, your career. The staff in First Year Experience (FYE) help you get started on campus, make connections with people and opportunities, and get answers to questions you have throughout your first year at Ohio State. HRS understands your individual needs and concerns, and we can help you identify and guide you to the people and services most appropriate for you. 


  • An introductory program for incoming students, held before your first term at Ohio State. Students attend academic planning and advising sessions, schedule classes, meet other new students and learn about campus resources. Virtual orientation will be held for all incoming students.

HRS Welcome Event (Pre-Convocation) and Convocation

  • Let’s be honest, Ohio State is a big university which is why we host our own pre-convocation called the HRS Welcome Day event, for incoming HRS students to create a greater sense of belonging within our smaller community. This half-day event includes a keynote from the director of the school and engaging activities that will introduce you to HRS and its many programs.
  • Convocation, your official university welcome, includes an address by the president of the university, music performed by the Ohio State marching band and commemorative gifts.