Timeline for applying to the Chemistry PhD Program

SUMMER 2017

  • Begin to write your personal statement and CV or resume
  • Study for and register to take the GRE Revised General Test
  • Prepare for and register to take either the IELTS or TOEFL (if your native language is not English AND you do not have a degree from a US college or university)

Resources:
Writing a personal statement: https://cstw.osu.edu/writing-center/handouts/personal-statements
Writing an effective CV: https://cstw.osu.edu/writing-center/handouts/effective-cv or improving your resume: https://cstw.osu.edu/writing-center/handouts/resume-maintenance
GRE Test Prep: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/
TOEFL Test Prep: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare or IELTS Test Prep: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare
Applying to Graduate School: Tips, Timeline and Tools of the Trade: http://www.btaa.org/docs/default-source/diversity/gradschoolguide.pdf

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Ask your advisor, another faculty member, and/or a staff member at your university's writing center or career services office to review your personal statement and resume
  • Take the GRE Revised General Test
  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS (If your native language is not English AND you do not have a degree from a US college or university)
  • Order official transcripts from all colleges or universities at which ANY college credit has been earned

Transcript Information:
Transcripts can be sent electronically through a service such as eScrip or they can be mailed to OSU Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, an applicant can obtain official transcripts from all college or universities he/she has attended and then those transcripts can be scanned (both sides of the transcript) and uploaded within the online application. 

If mailed, transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
The Ohio State University
SAS Building, 1st Floor
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132

OCTOBER 2017

  • Ask 3 faculty members (one must be the advisor) and/or former employers to write you a letter of recommendation
  • Submit the online application
  • If you haven't already taken the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS, take it this month

Recommendation letter information:
Within the online application, an applicant will enter each referee's contact information. It is only AFTER the application is submitted and the application fee is paid that each of the referees will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation for you.

By submitting your online application well in advance of the December 15th application deadline, your recommendation letter writers will have plenty of time to write and upload their letters, thus ensuring that your file will be 100% complete by or on the deadline. Your referees will appreciate your preparedness and respect for their time and you will be able to rest easy knowing that you are on track to completing your application on time.

*Helpful Tip* - The online application can be submitted even if you have not yet completed your personal statement or resume or you haven't received your transcripts yet. You can submit these items after submitting the online application by using the Admissions Uploader.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • Check your application status and follow upon items that have not yet been submitted
  • Fix any problems that may be occurring with your application (e.g. a referee is having trouble uploading a letter, your GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores have not been reported, your transcript was not uploaded correctly or is invalid)

DECEMBER 2017

  • Check your application status during the first week fo December to make sure that all required items have been submitted
  • Fix any problems that may still be occurring with your application (e.g. a referee is having trouble uploading a letter, your GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores have not been reported, your transcript was not uploaded correctly or is invalid)

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018

  • Check your e-mail daily; offer letters will be e-mailed directly from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to the applicant. Applicants who are declined admission will see their application status change from "applicant" or "pending" to "cancelled" and will receive an e-mail notice from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
  • If you receive an offer and currently live in the United States, please register to attend one of our visitation weekends (February 16th/17th and March 8th/9th, 2018)

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2018

  • If you currently live in the United States, attend one of our visitation weekends (February 16th/17th and March 8th/9th, 2018)

APRIL 2018

  • Notify us by April 15, 2018 as to whether you will be accepting or declining your admission offer
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