Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative

GPD participants in group shot on stairs

2016 GPS: October 16-18, 2016

The Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) is The Ohio State University’s premier diversity recruitment program for students considering post-baccalaureate studies at Ohio State. The program helps to contribute to the ethnic, cultural and academic diversity of Ohio State’s Graduate School and Professional Colleges.

Applying for GPS

To qualify for an invitation to attend:*

  • Be a rising senior eligible to graduate by June 2017
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate serious consideration to attend Ohio State
  • Submit the GPS application including:

    • One unofficial transcript
    • A short statement (250 words or less) indicating your research and/or professional interests and why you want to pursue these interests at Ohio State

    • One letter of support from a faculty member

    • CV/résumé

Competitive applicants for this program will have a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all college work, be a participant of one of the targeted pipeline programs, or be nominated by an Ohio State academic unit. However, all applicants with a 3.0 or above GPA will be given consideration.

Final invite decisions will be made by Ohio State University departments. Students will receive decision notification via email.

*Depending on the individual academic unit review process, you may receive your invite decision as early as two weeks following your GPS application submission or as late as one week following the GPS application deadline (September 16).

Applications will be accepted up to September 16!

Submit your application early! Competition is keen, and limited spots are available! Submit as early as June 1, 2016.

Click HERE to download the 2016 GPS information flyer. Click HERE to download the 2016 GPS application. [Please Note: All required GPS application materials should be submitted via email to by the September 16 deadline].

All questions regarding GPS 2016 should be directed via email to or via phone at 614-292-8236.

GPS program includes:

  • Departmental visits with faculty members, administrators and graduate/professional students
  • Workshops regarding essential Graduate/Professional school components
  • Meals according to the GPS schedule
  • Hotel accommodation at the Blackwell Inn on the Ohio State campus
  • Up to a $250 honorarium (Honorarium may be used to recoup some or all of your expense for travel to Ohio State for GPS; students from local [Columbus area] universities are not eligible for this honorarium)