Orientation - Spring 2019
Password: Ohio State Password - my.osu.edu
Password: Ohio State Password - my.osu.edu
Your Ohio State email will be used by the University for all official correspondence about grades, course schedule, financial aid, housing, and more! Check your email at least once a week prior to starting classes (daily during the semester).
Important: We recommend that you do not forward your Ohio State email to another account (AOL, yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc.)
During orientation you will:
- Receive information about the many campus resources available to Ohio State students.
- Learn what is expected of you as an Ohio State student both in and out of the classroom.
- Attend a group academic planning and advising session.
- Schedule classes for your first semester (Please bring your BuckeyePass/Duo Mobile Device and remember your username and password. All are required to sign onto a computer and to schedule your classes.)
- Become more familiar with campus
- Complete university business, such as getting your BuckID card and consulting with Student Financial Aid
- Connect with other students who are starting at Ohio State
Transfer students with more than 30 semester hours of college-level courses (post high school), schedule classes at an individual orientation appointment with their assigned academic advisor. Placement testing, if needed, must be completed prior to your appointment.
Prepare for orientation
Math and English Placement Testing is completed online and will not be available on the day of your orientation. Complete all required placement testing today!
Students who receive a “U” math score, will be required to attend an on-campus testing date prior to their scheduled orientation program.
1. Submit Transcripts & Scores
Transcripts - High School, College, College Credit Plus (PSEO/CCP)
If you attend a state (public) university in Ohio or a community college, when ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcript(s) be sent electronically. Sending paper transcripts by mail or overnight delivery will delay processing time.
For all other institutions, if your school offers electronic delivery, choose that option 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, have your school send your transcript directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to the address below:
The Ohio State University
PO Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
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, and a transfer credit evaluation will not be completed.
- Transcripts that have been in the hands of a student are not considered official.
- Faxed transcripts are never considered official.
- College coursework listed on high school transcripts is not sufficient.
- Any college-level coursework helps determine placement testing requirements.
ACT/SAT scores and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) scores
These scores help determine your placement testing requirements. Scores printed on high school transcripts or photocopied test results are not acceptable.
Scores must be sent electronically by the testing organization to Ohio State.
2. Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement
Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement online. Simply log in with your username & password to complete the statement. You’ll need to complete this statement each semester.
3. Register for Orientation
See "REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS" below.
3.1 Accommodations and Disability Services
Students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services to make alternate arrangements for taking the Math Skills Assessment, English placement test, and Foreign Language placement test. This includes students with disabilities who may need extended time, as well as students who need a scribe, a reader, an interpreter, or other support services. Documentation must be provided to determine eligibility before authorization can be given for accommodations.
Students and guests with questions concerning accommodations for placement testing and orientation may request services by emailing Michelle McGregor or calling 419-755-4304.
A two-week notice prior to your visit will generally allow us to provide seamless access.
3.2 Foreign Language Placement Testing
Foreign language testing is recommended for students who have completed two or more consecutive years of the same language in high school. Please take time to read more about the reasons for taking advantage of foreign language testing before opting out.
The foreign language placement test can only be taken at an on-campus testing session. If you took at least two years of Spanish, French, or German in high school and elect to take advantage of the foreign language placement testing, contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office.
4a. Take the math placement test
Unless Ohio State has posted college credit for a specific Ohio State mathematics class (through college course work, Advanced Placement testing or International Baccalaureate higher-level exams), you must receive a valid score on the math placement test prior to your orientation date. We recommend that you prepare for the exam since you cannot retake it online. Math placement will determine not only your starting place in Ohio State’s math sequence, but also impacts your eligibility for several science courses.
4b. Take the English placement test
Some course credit in English composition is required for all undergraduate programs at Ohio State. No course credit will be given, nor will any English requirements for your chosen major be fulfilled from the English placement test. Placement tests help to determine the appropriate first course for you to take in Ohio State’s course sequence.
5. Review Buckeye Link (buckeyelink.osu.edu)
Not sure what Ohio State still needs from you or want to know more about your financial aid status? Buckeye Link probably has the answers you are looking for. What’s on your “To Do List” now could become a hold, prevent you from scheduling classes, or hold up your financial aid if not addressed.
6. Check your financial aid
File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yearly at fafsa.ed.gov.
Please refer to sfa.osu.edu to answer any additional questions that you may have, or contact our office.
7. Prepare questions you want answered at orientation
Orientation is your opportunity to learn (almost) everything you need to know in order to have a successful start at Ohio State in January. Jot down your questions and bring your list with you to orientation to be sure ALL your questions are asked and answered.
Orientation registration email invitations are sent on a rolling basis beginning in late-October, according to the date students pay acceptance fees. You will confirm your attendance at orientation during the online registration. Registration is required! Walk-ins will not be accommodated.
- Log in to the Applicant Center with your Ohio State Username and password and click on the Orientation Information link to register for the program.
- Confirm your attendance.
- Upon successfully confirming your attendance, you will see an online confirmation. You are welcome to print out this confirmation. An email confirmation will follow within the next business day. However, you can visit appstatus.osu.edu to view your confirmation at any time.
- All required placement testing must be completed or you will not be permitted to schedule classes at orientation.
Transfer students with more than 30 semester hours of college-level courses (post high school) must register by phone. A transfer student is a student who enrolled in and/or took classes at a college/university after high school.
Attendance and participation
Orientation is required for all new students, and you are expected to participate in all orientation activities.
Transfer students with 30 or more semester hours of college credit (post high school) should contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office to arrange for an individual orientation appointment with their academic advisor.
We recognize the important role family members play in the success of our students. Parents or other adult family members are welcome to attend orientation with their new student.
Important Information about Release of Student Information:
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student records. Student records are confidential. The only information about a student that may be released without student permission is: name; address; telephone number; major; participant in officially recognized sports and activities; weight and heights of athletic team members; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; most recent educational agency or institution attended. Students not wishing this information release should contact an academic advisor. Information concerning grades may be released to a parent of a dependent student if a signed release is on file.
Your spring semester Statement of Account will show a one-time $50 University Orientation fee, which covers administrative costs.
Frequently asked questions
What happens if I can’t register for orientation?
If you experience problems while reserving your orientation date online, contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office as soon as possible.
What should I do if I want to change my major?
If you decide you want to change your major after registering for orientation, it is very important that you contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office as soon as possible so the appropriate advisor can prepare course recommendations.
What components of orientation are mandatory?
We believe that all aspects of the orientation program are crucial to a successful transition to Ohio State, and we know the time demands of a half-day program may be difficult for some. All aspects of the orientation program are required for students.
Are guests required to come to orientation? Can I bring more than two guests?
Guests are not required to come to orientation, but it can be helpful to have an additional set of eyes and ears on campus to gather information.
You are able to register up to two guests online; if you wish to bring more than two guests to orientation, contact the Orientation & Placement Testing Office to request additional guests.
Will I have the opportunity to see my assigned apartment while I’m on campus for orientation?
There will be an opportunity to visit housing at the end of the program. You will be able to see a sample apartment; however, you will not be permitted to see your actual apartment.
When do I schedule classes?
Scheduling for classes happens on your orientation day. In a group setting, you will be provided with a scheduling guide for your major, and advisors will help you to choose appropriate courses for your first semester. Academic advisors will explain testing results and provide information for building a schedule.
Note: You must complete a Financial Responsibility Statement before you can schedule classes. This is not related to Financial Aid. It's your agreement to pay tuition by the deadline.
Orientation Schedule (Tentative)
Thursday, December 6
||*Check-In / Light Breakfast*
||Ovalwood Hall, Lobby
|9 a.m. to 10 a.m.||Welcome & Information
||Ovalwood Hall, Room 100
|10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
|10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.||Advising Presentation
||Ovalwood Hall, Room 100
|10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Break|
|11 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Scheduling & Financial Aid
||Ovalwood Hall, Room 131 & 135
|1 p.m.||Optional Tour / BuckID
||Around Campus / Campus Recreation Center
*Donuts, fruit, orange juice, water & coffee available during check-in
Getting to campus
If you have questions about completing your Placement Tests or attending Orientation, please contact us.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.