After you are admitted

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

Download this section as a checklist.

Set up your BuckeyeMail email account

From now on, important business communications from Ohio State – like your Acceptance Fee Statement 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 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.

Submit proof of financial support

International students and their families or sponsors are responsible for all tuition and living expenses at Ohio State. To show that you can meet the financial responsibilities and to receive the appropriate visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019), you must submit Ohio State’s Affidavit of Financial Support form for each supporter (yourself or your family) or agency sponsor, in addition to required support documents.

The affidavit and financial documents are only required of admitted students. If you submit documents before being admitted, they will not be reviewed until after you are admitted.

Download the Affidavit of Financial Support form and follow the directions carefully. Submit required documents using our Admissions Uploader. You'll receive an immediate confirmation once you successfully submit your documents.

These sample affidavits show how to complete the form correctly:

International students admitted to the spring 2018 term must submit all required documents by Monday, November 20, 2017.

Submit a copy of your passport picture page

Once you have been admitted, submit a copy of your valid passport picture page using our Admissions Uploader. You’ll be asked to log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

If you have been accepted for autumn semester, 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 decide 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. Upon paying this fee, your financial support documents will be reviewed. 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 admission or enrollment term

Contact Undergraduate Admissions before the application deadline for your desired term to discuss your options.

Check your Applicant Center frequently

Check for missing documents or outstanding fees and provide all required items by the deadlines given.

  1. Go to appstatus.osu.edu and log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.

  2. Click the Application Status link in the Admissions section of the Applicant Center.

  3. Click the link under “Status.”

  4. Click the Application Requirements tab to view the status of all required items.

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 ask your school to submit an official final transcript or graduation certificate indicating your graduation date as soon as possible after graduation. Note: If your final transcript does not include your graduation date, you must submit a copy of your graduation certificate (with English translation) or final examination certificate in person or by mail.

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 university 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. (Exception: You do not need to provide a transcript for course work completed at Ohio State.) Do this around the time you pay your acceptance fee. Emailed or faxed transcripts will not be accepted.

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

Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, an authorized translator or a teacher of the language. Any additional requirements will be posted to your Applicant Center, so be sure to check your application status regularly after you've applied.

If you have taken university courses in China, you MUST arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. Any transcript not mailed by the CDGDC will not be considered.

Download the What Happens Next brochure.

Apply for your student visa

Once your application is complete and you have paid your acceptance fee, Ohio State will send your visa eligibility documents (I-20 for a F-1 visa or DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) and instructions for applying for your student visa.

Apply for housing

Most incoming freshmen 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’ BuckeyeMail accounts starting in mid-March. 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 information is emailed after you have been admitted but no sooner than two months before the start of the desired term.

Read "What Happens Next"

You'll receive the What Happens Next brochure upon payment of your acceptance fee. This important document contains information and requirements about housing, orientation, placement tests and more. Please read it carefully.