Campus visit guidelines

Whether you’ve visited Ohio State before or it’s your first time, we want to make sure that you feel confident in our commitment to your well-being. We are taking steps to keep our visitors safe and healthy — and we can all make a difference for each other.

The visit guidelines below will not only help keep you safe, but will also help you ensure the health and safety of others.

By registering for a campus tour, I agree to follow the guidelines provided below while on any campus of The Ohio State University.


Campus tours offerings on Ohio State campuses includes a combination of the use of appropriate face masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, and control of the flow of traffic into and around select high-traffic buildings.

Everyone is expected to follow the safe and healthy personal safety practices, including face masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene.

  1. Face masks must be worn on Ohio State’s campuses.

    • Face masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, residence halls, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses, shared vehicles and common areas such as lobbies, study spaces and laundry facilities on all Ohio State campuses.

    • Masks must also be worn in outdoor settings, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing.

    • Face masks should cover the nose and extend below the chin; fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; allow for breathing without restriction; be secured with ties or ear loops; include multiple layers of fabric (tightly woven cotton is most effective); be used by only one person and not shared.

    • Disposable face masks are provided in the event a visitor does not have one in their possession.

  2. Everyone should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others in any public space — indoor or outdoor — wherever possible. The Undergraduate Admissions Welcome Center has been set up according to this distance requirement.

  3. Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used. The university has made hand sanitizer widely available across Ohio State’s campuses, including in your welcome bag.

  4. In the past 24–48 hours, if you have experienced symptoms consistent with a viral syndrome such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle or body aches, and/or loss of taste or smell, you should not attend your campus tour or come to campus. Please email visitday@osu.edu to cancel your visit.

  5. Only one guest is permitted to visit with each student. Additional guests will not be permitted to enter the Undergraduate Admissions Welcome Center, nor will they be permitted to join a campus tour group once dismissed.

  6. Please arrive on time, and no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.

I acknowledge that by registering for a campus tour, I, and my guest, will follow each of the guidelines provided above. I, and my guest, also understand that because of the current public health emergency, I may be assuming additional risks to my health and safety by choosing to participate in a campus tour.