After you are admitted

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

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. On the left side of the page, click Change email Delivery.

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

Also, be sure to explore campus-specific scholarship opportunities at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark or ATI. Direct questions to the financial aid office on your regional campus.

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.

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 esue-studugt@osu.edu.

  • 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.

Find housing

Safe and comfortable housing options are available on or near all campuses.

For students attending Mansfield, Newark or ATI: Those admitted for autumn term, housing information is emailed beginning in mid-March based on the date of admission. 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.

Students attending Lima can learn about local housing options at go.osu.edu/lima-housing. Students attending Marion can learn about local options at go.osu.edu/marionhousing.

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 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.