Planning your visit
We're excited to host you on campus. Read on for helpful information, including steps we're taking to keep you and all visitors safe and healthy.
How many guests can I bring?
Each student can bring two guests. 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.
Do I have to register?
Registration is required to participate in admissions-led tours. Walk-in visitors cannot be accommodated.
What safety measures will be in place?
All visitors are required to follow university public health guidelines.
Effective August 2, 2021, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors. The university strongly recommends surgical-grade masks. Double-masking is recommended for those using cloth masks.
Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine.
By registering, you're indicating that you have read and will follow Ohio State's campus visit guidelines. Anyone not following the guidelines will be asked to leave.
What accessibility accommodations are available?
We want all individuals to engage fully in our events, whether in person or online. If you need accommodations such as captioning or interpretation to participate, please indicate your request during registration, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-3980. We appreciate 14 days' notice, but we will make every effort to accommodate all requests.
Where can I park?
For admissions visits on the Columbus campus, please park in the Union South Garage, located right next to the Ohio Union (where you’ll check in for your tour). The address for the Union South Garage is 1759 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210. For departmental sessions, please visit CampusParc to find the nearest parking options for your visit location.
Does Undergraduate Admissions validate parking?
Undergraduate Admissions provides a reduced parking rate of $9.75 for guests attending an official in-person event or tour and parking in a designated garage. Guests taking a self-guided tour or solely visiting an academic or athletic department are not eligible for the reduced rate. Get information about parking on campus.
Where will my tour start and end?
Admissions visits on the Columbus campus will start and end at the Undergraduate Admissions Welcome Center on the third floor of the Ohio Union, located at 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210. You can begin to check in for your tour no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled start time. For departmental sessions, please follow directions to the location provided in your confirmation email and note that check-in for those sessions may not happen until close to the start time.
What can I expect on my tour?
Your tour guide will share personal Ohio State experiences and talk about the academic experience, residential experience and campus community. They'll also take you inside the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Thompson Library, and a residence hall. Following current health and safety guidelines, your tour may not go indoors on certain tour stops. Please note that campus tours are not included in departmental sessions.
Can I visit the academic department for the major I'm interested in?
Select academic departments are offering in-person sessions; most are offering live online events as well. If you're on campus, be aware that staffing in our academic facilities varies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we can't guarantee you'll be allowed to walk in or that you'll find staff available.
My plans have changed. How can I cancel or reschedule my visit?
To cancel your visit, follow the instructions in your confirmation email. Each student and guest must cancel individually. To reschedule your visit, please cancel your existing visit, then register for a new date.
What if I cannot make any of the available dates?
Can you sign my school excuse form?
We will only sign or provide school excuse forms for students scheduled for an official guided tour. We cannot sign a school excuse form for students taking the self-guided tour. If you need proof of your visit to campus, we suggest a date-stamped photo or a dated parking receipt.
Will visits be canceled if COVID cases increase on campus?
The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes taskforce is monitoring the number of cases on campus. Should the taskforce deem in-person campus visits no longer safe, you will be notified that your visit is canceled by email and phone.
Dining on campus
Want to grab a meal or coffee before or after your program? Most of our campus dining locations are open to the public (and are following COVID-19 safety protocols), and there’s something for everyone.
Don’t leave campus without something to remember your Buckeye experience! Visit Barnes & Noble – The Ohio State University Bookstore at the Gateway. There are also two convenient satellite locations at the Ohio Union and near the Tuttle Garage. All locations offer a great selection of t-shirts, hoodies, gifts and more.
Looking for a place to stay, unique restaurants or fun activities while you’re in the 614? Start exploring at Experience Columbus. You’ll find everything you need for planning a visit to our incredible city.
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