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Dates and Deadlines

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Dates and deadlines are subject to change without notice.  All application materials must be complete prior to the deadline.  Application fees are non-refundable.  Please note that due to capacity and a high volume of applications, we sometimes need to close applications earlier than the stated deadline. We will announce early closings here on this web site.

Summer 2020. Autumn 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Application Deadline for New Students
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March 1 August 20* November 1 March 1
Application Deadline for Transfer Students
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March 15 June 15 November 15 March 15
Last Possible Arrival Date
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n/a August 20** January 7 May 6
Placement Testing
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May 8 August 21** January 8 May 7
New Student Orientation
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May 12 August 25** January 12 May 11
ALP Classes Begin
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May 13 August 26 January 13 May 12
ALP Classes End
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July 31 December 4 April 22 July 30
Final Testing
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August 4 December 8 April 27 August 3
OSU Session Dates for Immigration Documents
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May 6 –
August 9
August 26 –
December 20
January 13 –
May 7
May 12 –
August 8

*Students who are outside the US may apply to attend the autumn 2020 semester virtually until August 20.

** dates subject to change for students joining ALP virtually

View the official OSU Academic Calendar here.

Application Deadline: Last date to submit a completed application, including financial guarantees from sponsors.

Last possible arrival date: Students should arrive and check in at the ALP office by 4:00pm on the last possible arrival date.  The ALP Office is located in 356 Arps Hall. Late arrivals may incur and be responsible for paying additional charges to The Ohio State University. 

Placement Testing: New and eligible continuing students will take the placement test. The test is about 3 hours. The test usually begins at 9:00am in Arps Hall, but please review the Welcome Schedule for confirmation. Continuing students will receive a notice of eligibility if they can take the placement test.

New Student Orientation: All new students in ALP must attend the New Student Orientation. Students will learn about ALP and its policies and meet the other new students in the program that term.

ALP Classes Begin: This is the first day of class for new and continuing students. It’s important to attend the first few days of class because students will complete an additional battery of diagnostic assessments to ensure accurate placement in the program. This is especially important for new students. An ALP staff member will email you your schedule prior to the first day of class.

ALP Classes End: This is the last day of regular ALP classes. Students still have to complete final testing after classes end.

OSU Session Dates: These are the dates to be used for US immigration documents and sponsor-related inquiries. For example, Form I-20s, DS-2019s, and visas must be valid during these dates for a student to study.