After you are admitted

Congratulations on your admission! To keep your admission to Ohio State on track, you have some steps to complete.

Set up your BuckeyeMail email account

From now on, important and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State – like your Acceptance Fee Statement, financial aid offer and housing contract – will be sent to your BuckeyeMail account. Set up BuckeyeMail even if you haven't decided on Ohio State.

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. Click Change Email Delivery (left sidebar).

  3. Select “Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university’s email service” and submit.

  4. That’s it! Your email address is Check your email at several times a week until school begins, and then daily.

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

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application

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

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

Pay this $100 nonrefundable fee as soon as you decide on Ohio State, and no later than May 1. Housing and orientation materials are mailed/emailed in the order fees are received.

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

Follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement, which will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account within three days of admission to Ohio State. Note: As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee.

To delay your admissions 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 to Ohio State is contingent upon our receipt and review of your final high school transcript. So finish strong, and let your counselor know 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 have 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. Do this around the time you pay your acceptance fee.

Important: If you’re still taking college classes at that time, also request that a final transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.

How to send university transcripts to Ohio State:

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

  • For other institutions, request electronic delivery if available to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, have your school email your transcript directly to

  • If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646. Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official.

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 University Housing.

Students admitted for autumn semester

Housing contracts are emailed to students' BuckeyeMail accounts beginning 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 assigned 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-person rooms; students who submit their housing contracts in late April or after are generally 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 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 is designed to address the testing and course scheduling needs of all incoming students, and 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).

  • Attend an academic planning and advising session and schedule classes.

  • Learn helpful information about how Ohio State does business.

Students admitted for autumn semester

Orientation information is mailed beginning in early April as acceptance fees are received. Orientation programs are held late May through July.

Students admitted for spring or summer terms

Orientation information is mailed 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.

Receive your financial aid notification

Families should receive a financial aid package from Ohio State by the end of March. Learn more about accepting aid. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by February 1 or as soon as possible.