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 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 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 by paying your acceptance fee

Pay this nonrefundable $100 fee when you receive your Acceptance Fee Statement, which you will generally receive via email within three weeks of admission to Ohio State.

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.

View your Transfer Credit Report and get credits evaluated

If you submitted a transcript(s) from your previous institution(s) to be evaluated for transfer credit, you may have some action steps to take before orientation.

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

  2. Click Academics and Records.

  3. Look for two icons: Click Run Your Transfer Credit Report to generate your report. Click Understanding Your Transfer Credit Report to download important instructions on reading the report and getting courses evaluated.

  4. For courses requiring evaluation before orientation, it is your responsibility to contact the coordinator(s). Failure to do so may result in a delay in your ability to schedule courses for your degree program.

Submit your final university transcript

If you have completed courses that would not appear on the transcript your college(s) already sent to Ohio State, please request that a final electronic transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.

Orientation and housing information is sent on a rolling basis in the order acceptance fees are received.

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.

Columbus campus

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.

Regional campuses

Orientation is held prior to the opening of each term. Contact your regional campus for information.

Apply for housing

Columbus campus

Note! On-campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon space availability. Priority, when space is available, is given to transfer students who graduated from high school within the last two years. Learn more at University Housing, and see "Off-campus housing" below.

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.

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.

Off-campus housing

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services provides resources for students wishing to live off campus. For families, another option is Ohio State’s Buckeye Village.

Regional campuses housing

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

For students attending Mansfield, Newark or ATI, housing information is emailed following the same schedule as Columbus (above). Note that first-year students at ATI who live more than 25 miles from campus are required to live on campus. Learn more at

Students attending Lima can learn about local housing options at Students attending Marion can learn about local options at

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.