The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Orientation and Placement Testing

Welcome to The Ohio State University at Mansfield!

New students enrolling for spring semester 2022 must have a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccination exemption on file with The Ohio State University by December 27 to enroll in classes. For more information, visit

After you have accepted our offer to attend Ohio State Mansfield and submitted your acceptance fee, you will receive an email invitation to register for New Student Orientation once it opens. Orientation registration opens based on the term you are admitted:

Autumn Admit: Mid-May
Spring Admit: Mid-October
Summer Admit: Mid-March

If you have not yet accepted admission and paid your acceptance fee, visit the What’s Next webpage to understand what you need to do to be eligible to register for Orientation.

Currently, the Orientation process is being conducted virtually to ensure the safety of every person who is a part of the Ohio State community and includes the following steps:

  1. Register for Orientation (online)
  2. Take Required Placement Tests (online)
  3. Complete New Student Orientation Program (using Carmen Canvas learning management system)
  4. Academic Advising Appointment (by phone or Zoom)

A one-time New Student Enrollment Fee of $50 will be assessed to your Statement of Account.

Technology Access: If you have any concerns about your ability to complete any of the Steps below due to a lack of a computer or internet access, please contact the Orientation and Placement Testing Office at 419-755-4317 or submit a request for technology access as soon as possible and someone will be in touch to assist you.


New Student Orientation is a four-step process which culminates in a virtual meeting with an academic advisor to complete your class schedule. The earlier you complete the steps below, the earlier you can schedule your courses.

STEP 1: Register for Orientation

To register for Orientation, go to My Buckeye Link. Enter your user name (lastname.#) and password to log in. Once logged in, look for the “Admissions” section (last section on the left side of the page). Click on “Orientation Information” and follow the steps to register for Orientation.

After you have completed the registration process, a message will be sent to your Ohio State email address confirming your registration and indicating the Placement Tests you are required to take. You can then proceed to Step 2. If you do not have any Placement Tests to take, please proceed to Step 3.

NOTE: All steps of Orientation are completed virtually, but a date needs to be associated with the registration process. Please ignore the date and time listed on your confirmation email.

STEP 2: Take Required Placement Tests

Placement testing requirements are determined by ACT/SAT/AP Scores and any college-level coursework already completed.

Be sure you have requested your official ACT/SAT/AP scores and/or transcripts from other institutions to be sent electronically to Ohio State to ensure proper Placement Testing assignment and avoid taking unnecessary exams. Directions to request official transcripts/score reports

Please allow up to two business days to gain access to the Placement Tests you are required to take once you have registered for Orientation.

The Placement Tests you are required to take will appear in your Orientation Confirmation Email and on your To Do List in My Buckeye Link. Click on the links below to learn more about each of the tests you need to take and how to gain access to them.

Math Placement Test

English Placement Test

Foreign Language Placement Test

If you believe there is an error in which Placement Tests you are required to take, please contact the Orientation and Placement Testing Office at 419-755-4317 as soon as possible.

Test Accommodations: Contact the Office of Disability Services at or 419-755-4304 to request testing accommodations.

If you do not have any required Placement Tests to take, proceed to Step 3.

STEP 3: Complete New Student Orientation Program

Within two business days of the Orientation Office receiving notification of placement test completion (Please note: Notification of Math and English Placement Test completion happens daily, but it can take up to 7 business days for the Orientation Office to receive notification of Foreign Language Placement Test completion), a message will be sent to your Ohio State email address indicating that you are registered for the New Student Orientation Program. The email will guide you through how to access the New Student Orientation Program in Carmen Canvas, Ohio State’s learning management system. This program needs to be completed prior to your academic advising appointment to register for classes.

Contact the Orientation and Placement Testing Office at 419-755-4317 if you have not received the above-mentioned email within three business days of completing the Orientation registration process (Step 1) and all required placement tests (Step 2).

STEP 4: Academic Advising Appointment

Once all your placement tests have been scored, you will receive a phone call from an Ohio State Mansfield staff member to schedule an appointment time for you to meet by phone or Zoom with an academic advisor to register for classes. You should have the entire New Student Orientation Program completed prior to this appointment.

During this appointment, you will schedule your classes for the semester. Prior to the appointment, write down questions you have and find a quiet location to be during the meeting to avoid distractions.


You are now registered for classes and ready for the start of your first semester as a Buckeye!


  1. Check your Ohio State email regularly
  2. Complete any items that appear on your To Do List in My Buckeye Link
  3. View the Resources available to you as an Ohio State Buckeye
  4. Contact the Orientation and Placement Testing Office at 419-755-4317 with any questions as you prepare for starting your college career at Ohio State Mansfield.