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 business communications from Ohio State – like your financial aid offer and housing contract – will be sent to your BuckeyeMail account.
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.
Go to my.osu.edu and log in.
On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.
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 buckeyemail.osu.edu to receive and send email. Your email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your email 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
If you are admitted for autumn term, your nonrefundable $100 acceptance fee is due by May 1. If you are admitted for spring or summer term, please refer to your Acceptance Fee Statement email. If you’re experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please let us know.
To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission
Follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement, which is emailed to you within three days of admission to Ohio State. 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 admissions term
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.
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. If you’re still taking college classes at that time, make sure your final transcript is sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.
Important: 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.
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 to email@example.com.
If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to:
The Ohio State University
PO Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
Safe and comfortable housing options are available on or near all campuses.
For students attending Mansfield, Newark or ATI: For those admitted for autumn term, housing information is emailed beginning in mid-March based on the date of admission. Housing on the Newark campus is determined by lottery. For spring and summer admits, housing information is emailed no sooner than two months before the start of the desired term. Note that first-year students at ATI who live more than 25 miles from campus are required to live on campus. Learn more at go.osu.edu/regional-housing.
Register for orientation
Orientation is held prior to the opening of each term. Contact your regional campus for information.
Receive your financial aid offer
If you are admitted for autumn semester, financial aid packages are emailed to BuckeyeMail accounts by late March. For others, notifications are rolling. Learn more about accepting aid. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by February 1 or as soon as possible.