Future and Admitted Students FAQs

Congratulations and welcome! You have been admitted to (or are considering) The Ohio State University, and are planning on studying Aviation, but you probably have a few questions! 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.

Please note - we do not have admissions information here in the Center for Aviation Studies, nor do we see who has applied or has been accepted. For any questions regarding your admission to Ohio State or the Center for Aviation Studies, please contact the Admissions department at admissions.osu.edu

Entering the University


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 the time you attend orientation. 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 www.transferology.com. 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 my private pilot certificate already and I would like to begin flying my first semester here. Can I do this?

A: Currently there is a waiting list for flight, and current students on the existing wait list have first priority.

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: When can I fly?

A: It depends. Most new students will take their Private Pilot Fundamentals class (Aviation 2100) their first autumn semester or spring semester and must earn a grade of at least 80% in the course to be accepted into the flight program. Students who have completed their private pilot certificate will follow a different process and will begin to fly beginning at the first commercial flight lab level. Currently we are operating on a waiting list, however we are taking steps to move through the waiting list and revise the process we use to admit students to the flight program. Once admitted, students are encouraged to fly during the summer, as our best flying weather is in the summer and fall!


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 https://www.osu.edu/futurestudents


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 http://veterans.osu.edu/

Most, if not all GI Bills mandate that the student is in the Aviation Engineering (not the pre-major) or Air Transportation with the Professional Pilot specialization in order for any flight labs to be covered by the GI Bill.


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

A: Currently, students may fly only while pursuing the Air Transportation and Aviation Engineering degrees due to capacity. The flight and ground school classes will only apply to those two degrees with the exception of Private Pilot Fundamentals (Aviation 2100), which is required for all students pursuing any of the three degrees offered.

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 here

The Aviation Management curriculum can be found here.

Q: I already have some FAA Certificates and ratings and I would like to see if they will count for credit toward a degree. Can I do this?

A: Only the private pilot certificate earned outside of a part 141 university setting may count toward a degree. If you received an instrument rating through another part 141 university, this may transfer, however unfortunately we are unable to accept credit past this rating. If you did not earn your instrument rating at another part 141 university, we are unable to accept the instrument rating for credit.