After you are admitted

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

Set up your BuckeyeMail email account

Set up BuckeyeMail even if you haven’t decided to attend Ohio State.

From now on, important business communications from Ohio State – like your financial aid offer and housing contract – will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account. Check your email several times a week until school begins, and then daily.

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 and log in.

  2. On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.

  3. 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 to receive and send email. Your email address is:

If you don’t end up enrolling at Ohio State, your BuckeyeMail account and all data will be removed at the end of the semester for which you applied.

What if I have not activated my username? Get instructions.

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and create your ScholarshipUniverse profile

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA and create a profile on ScholarshipUniverse 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 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, check your Applicant Center for your deadline.

To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission

Follow the directions on your notice of admission, which is emailed to you as soon as you’re admitted to Ohio State. You can also pay the fee through your Applicant Center.

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

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. If you fail to maintain the high academic standards under which you were admitted, your admission to Ohio State may be canceled. Ask you school counselor 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. 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 (preferred). If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, ask your school to email your transcript to

  • 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

Find housing

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

For students attending Mansfield, Newark or CFAES Wooster (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 CFAES Wooster who live more than 25 miles from campus are required to live on campus. Learn more at

Students attending Lima: Learn about local housing options.
Students attending Marion: Learn about local housing options.

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 notifications 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 15 or as soon as possible.

Complete the vaccination requirement

Complete the university vaccination requirement before the start of your first semester. Learn more.