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 and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State – like your Acceptance Fee Statement, financial aid offer and housing contract – will be emailed 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.

  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.

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

Pay this nonrefundable $100 fee when you receive your Acceptance Fee Statement, which will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account within three weeks of your 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 buckeyelink.osu.edu.

  2. Click Academics and Records.

  3. Look for two icons:  Run Your Transfer Credit Report generates your report (you’ll need to log in with your Ohio State username and password). Understanding Your Transfer Credit Report provides 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. Find a link to the Transfer Credit Coordinator List under Academics and Records on Buckeye Link.

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

How to send your 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.

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 is designed to address the testing and course scheduling needs of all incoming students, and introduce you and your family to people and resources that play a critical role in first-year success.

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 helpful information about how Ohio State does business.

Columbus campus

If you are admitted for autumn term, Orientation information is mailed beginning in early April as acceptance fees are received. 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.

What if I want to change my major?

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

Apply for housing

Columbus campus

Transfer students who graduated from high school in 2017 are required to live on campus. Housing for all other transfer students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon space availability. Housing information is emailed to BuckeyeMail accounts on a rolling basis depending on date of admission and space available in university residences.

Students admitted for autumn semester: Housing information for autumn semester students is emailed starting in mid-March.

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.

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 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.

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 February 1 or as soon as possible.

Transfer students are not guaranteed housing, but there are great alternatives.
Learn about housing for transfer students.
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