After you are admitted

Congratulations on your admission! To keep your admission to Ohio State on track, you have some steps to complete. These items are also covered in your Notice of Admission – we're repeating them here for your convenience.

Enable your BuckeyeMail email account

From now on, important business communications from Ohio State – like your housing contract, financial aid offer and orientation information – will be sent to the email address we’ve created just for you.

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 enable your BuckeyeMail account.

  1. Go to my.osu.edu 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 lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu. Check your email at buckeyemail.osu.edu 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 by paying your acceptance fee

Your nonrefundable $100 acceptance fee is due by May 1, a national deadline for acceptance deposits. However, we advise you to pay as soon as you have received your statement and decided on Ohio State. Housing and orientation materials are mailed/emailed in the order fees are paid.

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 upon graduation. Send electronically for faster processing.

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 electronic transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.

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 information for autumn semester students is emailed to students’ Ohio State email accounts starting in mid-March, based on the date acceptance fees are paid. We process housing contracts in the order we receive them, with the first contracts typically submitted in mid-March. 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 information is emailed after you 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 information for students admitted to the Columbus campus is sent on a rolling basis as acceptance fees are received.

During orientation, you will:

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

  • Attend a group academic planning and advising session and schedule classes.

  • Learn about the diversity of Ohio State resources.

What if I want to change my major?

Contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your options. Learn about eligibility requirements for Ohio State’s majors.

If you are admitted for autumn term

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

If you are admitted for spring or summer terms

Orientation information is mailed beginning in mid-October for spring term admits and mid-March for summer admits.

Receive your financial aid notification

If you are admitted for autumn semester, financial aid packages are emailed to BuckeyeMail accounts by late February. For others, notifications are rolling. Learn more about accepting aid. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by the priority date of February 1.