Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals

How to Navigate the Process
of Applying for Admission

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If you have DACA approval or you are in the process of seeking DACA approval, follow these instructions.

Step 1

DACA students should complete the appropriate application for international applicants. For students who have taken courses at another college or university:

  • Select your country of citizenship, then complete the appropriate fields for country, state, and city of birth

  • Under Citizenship Status select “None of These”

  • Under Visa/Immigration information select the last option “I have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or I am in the process of seeking DACA approval”

Step 2

The Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office will send you a notice that your application has been received.  Follow the instructions in the acknowledgement letter if additional information is needed to complete your application.  You will be given an Ohio State Username and OSU ID and instructions for monitoring the status of your application.

Step 3

If you are applying for undergraduate admission and have questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (614) 292-3980 and ask to speak with an international admissions counselor. Alternatively, you can email an international admissions counselor at In either instance, be ready to provide your Ohio State ID.  

If you are applying to a graduate or professional degree program and have questions, contact Jennifer Marinello, Associate Director, Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions at or (614) 292-9444.

Step 4

If you are admitted, contact the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) at (614) 292-9330 or to discuss residency classification for tuition purposes. When you contact OUR, mention that you are a DACA student and ask for one of the residency counselors. You will need to provide documentation of DACA approval, Form I-821D. Note that DACA status only provides an opportunity to be considered for Ohio residency if other factors have been met, such as financial support and domicile in Ohio.