After you are admitted

Congratulations on your admission and welcome! We want your experience at Ohio State to be wildly successful. The first step is a great first year. And while you've already "done school," you haven't done Ohio State, which is a big change for most. But you don't have to go it alone!

Two helpful resources to know and love:

  1. Buckeye Link can help with the business of being a Buckeye (things like financial aid, transfer credit, course scheduling, fee payment, etc.). Ask Buckeye Link

  2. First Year Experience can help you make connections, find campus resources and get involved. Ask FYE

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 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 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 buckeyemail.osu.edu to receive and send email. Your email address is: lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu. Check your email 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.

Note: Federal student aid does not automatically transfer between institutions. Be sure to cancel any remaining federal aid disbursements at your previous school and update your FAFSA to include The Ohio State University.

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

Your nonrefundable $100 acceptance fee is due within three weeks of receiving the Acceptance Fee Statement, which is emailed to you within three days of your admission.

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.

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 Transfer Credit 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, make sure your final transcript is sent 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 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 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

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 late March as acceptance fees are received. Orientation programs are held mid-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 late 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 2019 or 2020 are required to live on campus, contingent upon space availability. 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 in the order acceptance fees are received.

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 beginning in late March. 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 may be required to live on campus.
Learn about housing for transfer students.
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