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Admitted Students FAQs

Congratulations and welcome! You have been admitted to The Ohio State University and are planning on studying Aviation, but you probably have a few questions that were not answered on your tour or during the overview session. You may be committed to enrolling at OSU, or you may be trying to make a decision, and would like as much information as possible. 

Here, you will hopefully find the answers to most of your questions regarding the programs here in the Center for Aviation Studies.


Entering the University


Q: I applied and was accepted to the College of Engineering, but I think I would like to switch to Arts and Sciences instead. Can I do this?

A: In order to change your plan before you arrive, please contact the admissions department at


Q: I have AP credit from high school, or transfer credit from another university. How will I know what will be applied as credit at OSU?

A: Usually, we will know the status of your AP or transfer credit by summer. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict what will post as equivalent credit until your final transcripts are processed, and advisors are unable to predict which credits will transfer or be applied until the credits have posted to your account. To get a fairly good idea of what transfer credit will be applied, please visit With the exception of Aviation classes from another university, The Center for Aviation Studies is unable to evaluate transfer credit. Each department within the university evaluates their own transfer credits.


Q: I have my private pilot certificate (or have taken my FAA written/knowledge exam). What is the process for receiving credit?

A: Students who are admitted to the university may obtain credit for ratings already earned, however there is a process. Click here for complete information.


Q: I have quite a few questions about Flight Education and the flight portion of the degree. Am I able to meet with an advisor one-on-one to get these questions answered before I make a decision?

A: While we are unable to meet with prospective or admitted students one-on-one before orientation, we do have all of our information about the Flight Education program here.


Q: So when can I fly?

A: Most students, with the possible exception of those with previous flight experience, can start flying their very first year during the spring semester! Most new students will take their Private Pilot Fundamentals class their first autumn semester, and will go on to fly in the spring - provided a grade of at least 80% is earned in the class.


Q: I have been accepted, but I haven't scheduled orientation. How can I do this?

A: You will be contacted by your college to schedule your orientation. However, if you have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences for the Air Transportation Major, you can find more information regarding orientation here.
If you have been accepted to the College of Engineering, you can find more information regarding orientation here.


Q: What classes will I be taking my freshman year?

A: It depends. The classes you will take your first semester will depend on your degree program, however all majors currently do have the same core Aviation classes with the exception of the B.S.B.A (Business Administration with Aviation Management specialization) major. You will choose your classes for autumn semester during your scheduled orientation time, where you will work with advisors to schedule the appropriate classes for you.


Q: I will be attending school on a GI Bill. Will this pay for me to earn my pilot certificates and ratings?

A: To see if your particular GI Bill covers flight, please contact the Office of Military and Veterans Services at


Q: Can I fly while pursuing any of the three aviation degrees?

A: While you can technically fly with any of the three Aviation degrees, the Professional Pilot Certification can only be added to the Air Transportation and Aviation Engineering degrees and the flight and ground school classes will only apply to those two degrees. While it is possible to fly while pursuing the Buisiness Administration with Aviation Management specialization degree,only the Private Pilot Fundamentals (Aviation 2100) class counts toward both the Aviation Management degree and the flight program sequence. Flying while pursuing the Aviation Management degree will most likely add additional time to graduation.

The Aviation Management degree is housed within the Fisher College of Business, and admission to that program is selective within the college. For more specific information on the Fisher College of Business, please visit their website at

The Aviation Management curriculum can be found here.