After you are admitted

Congratulations, you're a Buckeye!

Over the next several weeks you’ll receive:

  • A welcome letter from the college or school in which you have been enrolled. Learn more about our undergraduate colleges and schools.
  • A scholarship letter, if you were awarded a university merit scholarship (autumn semester only).
  • Email invitations to events for admitted students.

To keep your admission on track, complete these steps:

Set up your BuckeyeMail email account

Set up BuckeyeMail even if you haven't decided on Ohio State.

From now on, important and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State – like your financial aid offer and housing contract – will be sent to your BuckeyeMail account. Check your email several times a week until school begins, and then daily.

If you already activated your username and created a password (you may have done this as an applicant in order to check your application status), your final step is to set up your BuckeyeMail account.

  1. Go to and log in.

  2. On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.

  3. Select Create my BuckeyeMail account and submit.

Once your request has been processed (allow up to 90 minutes), you'll be able to log in at to receive and send email. Your email address is:

If you don’t end up enrolling at Ohio State, your BuckeyeMail account and all data will be removed at the end of the semester for which you applied.

What if I have not activated my username? Get instructions.

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and create your ScholarshipUniverse profile

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA and create a profile on ScholarshipUniverse to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Get deadlines and simple steps for applying for aid.

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

If you are admitted for autumn term, pay this $100 nonrefundable fee by May 1. If you are admitted for spring term, check your Applicant Center for your deadline. Housing and orientation information are mailed/emailed in the order acceptance fees are received.

To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission

Follow the directions on your notice of admission, which is emailed to you as soon as you’re admitted to Ohio State. You can also pay the fee through your Applicant Center.

Note: As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding disciplinary and felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee.

To delay your enrollment term

Contact Undergraduate Admissions before the application deadline for your desired term to discuss your options. Read our Gap Year Policy.

Finish strong, and submit your transcripts

Final high school transcript

Your admission is contingent on our review of your final high school transcript. If you fail to maintain the high academic standards under which you were admitted, your admission to Ohio State may be canceled. Ask your school counselor to send your final transcript to Ohio State (electronically for faster processing) upon graduation.

If you’ve taken AP or IB classes, you may be able to receive credit for your test scores. To find out if you can earn credit for your AP or IB test scores, remember to have your official scores sent to Ohio State.

University transcript

If you earned college credit while in high school, ask each institution you attended to send an electronic transcript to Ohio State so that we can begin evaluating your transferable credits.

  • If you are admitted for autumn term, do this by May 1. If you’re still taking college classes after May 1, request that your final transcript is sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.

  • If you are admitted for spring term, do this as soon as your final transcripts become available.

Important! Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Sending them directly from the schools is the only way for the transcript to be considered official.

If you earned credit from more than one school, request transcripts from each institution.

How to send university transcripts to Ohio State:

  • If you completed classes at Ohio State, you do not have to send these transcripts.

  • If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.

  • For other institutions, request electronic delivery (preferred). If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, ask your school to email your transcript to

  • If your school does not offer electronic delivery, have your transcript(s) mailed to:
    The Ohio State University
    Undergraduate Admissions
    PO Box 182646
    Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Apply for housing

Most incoming freshmen on the Columbus campus are required to live on campus for their first two years. Exemptions or exclusions from this policy must be approved by Housing and Residence Education.

Students admitted for autumn semester

Housing contracts are emailed to students' BuckeyeMail accounts beginning in mid-March in the order acceptance fees are received. We process housing contracts in the order we receive them, with the first contracts typically submitted in mid-March. Housing assignments are sent beginning mid-July. New students are typically assigned to 4-person rooms.

Students admitted for spring or summer terms

Housing contracts are emailed to students' BuckeyeMail accounts after they have been admitted and paid their acceptance fee but no sooner than two months before the start of the desired term.

Register for orientation

Orientation is held prior to the opening of each term and is required for all students. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to attend with you. Orientation will introduce you and your family to people and resources that play a critical role in first-year success.

During orientation, you will:

  • Complete necessary placement testing in English and foreign languages (math testing is done online prior to orientation).

    If you didn't submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions application, you'll be required to take English and math placement tests before you can schedule for courses at orientation — unless you're bringing in transfer credit or scores from AP or IB. Note that placement in remedial coursework can extend time to degree in some majors, such as natural science, health areas and engineering.

  • Schedule classes and attend an academic planning and advising session.

  • Learn helpful information about how Ohio State does business.

Students admitted for autumn semester

Orientation information is mailed beginning in late March as acceptance fees are received. Orientation programs are held June through July.

Students admitted for spring or summer terms

Orientation information is mailed (after you pay your acceptance fee) beginning in mid-October for spring term admits and mid-March for summer admits.

What if I want to change my major?

Contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your options. Learn about eligibility requirements for Ohio State’s majors. Note that some major changes can only be requested until May 15.

Receive your financial aid notification

Financial aid notifications are emailed to BuckeyeMail accounts beginning in late February. Learn more about accepting aid. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by February 1 or as soon as possible.

Register for summer programs

Register for summer programs — from leadership and educational experiences to outdoor adventures and Buckeyes First — to help you with your college transition and to make connections before you arrive on campus.

Complete the vaccination requirement

Complete the university vaccination requirement before the start of your first semester. Learn more.