The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Orientation - Spring 2019

Online orientation registration is no longer live. Students may still enroll for spring semester. Orientation registration is now being handled via phone/email. Online placement testing is still available.

Contact information

If you have questions about completing your Placement Tests or attending Orientation, please contact us.

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 419-755-4203

iPad eligibility determines orientation requirements

If you are NOT iPad eligible, complete all but step 3 under "Prepare for Orientation" and call 419-755-4203 to make arrangements for orientation.

Non-degree seeking students are NOT iPad eligible. Transfer student eligibility is determined by a transfer student's tuition-guarantee cohort status and if the cohort they are transferring into is eligible to receive or has already received the technology. Eligible cohorts will have graduated high school in spring 2018 or later.

If you are iPad eligible, you must register for and attend spring orientation on December 6 (See Registration Instructions below).

As part of Ohio State's Digital Flagship Initiative, new first-year students will receive an iPad. This includes transfer students who graduated high school in May 2018 or later. iPads will be distributed to eligible students as part of the December 6 orientation program.

Unsure whether you're eligible? Email

iPad Eligible Orientation Overview

During orientation you will:

  • Receive your iPad
  • 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
  • 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

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

If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to the address below:

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
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.
Transcript(s) must be received no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation! This will allow transfer credit review and the posting of transfer credit to the university system.

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

If you are iPad eligible, see "REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS" below.

If you are NOT iPad eligible, you will call 419-755-4203 to make arrangements for orientation.

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

If you have completed two or more consecutive years of the same language in high school, you will take the foreign language assessment.

The foreign language placement test can only be taken at an on-campus testing session. If you have questions about foreign language 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 (

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.

Watch this YouTube video to find out how to navigate Buckeye Link (formerly Student Center): Student Center and financial tabs overview

6. Check your financial aid

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yearly at

Please refer to 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.

Registration Instructions

If you are NOT iPad eligible, you must call 419-755-4203 to make arrangements for orientation.

If you are iPad eligible, register for orientation online:

  1. 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.
  2. Confirm your attendance.
  3. 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 to view your confirmation at any time.
  4. All required placement testing must be completed or you will not be permitted to schedule classes at orientation.

Attendance and participation


Orientation is required for all new students, and you are expected to participate in all orientation activities.

If you are NOT iPad eligible, you must call 419-755-4203 to make arrangements for orientation.


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.

Orientation cost

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 iPad eligible 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.

iPad Eligible Orientation Schedule

Thursday, December 6

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m. *Foreign Language Assessment (French, German, Spanish) 120A Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
8:30 a.m.
Check-In / iPad Distribution
Donuts, orange juice, water & coffee available
120H Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Welcome & Information
120H Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Advising Presentation
120H Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pizza Break 120H Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Scheduling & Financial Aid
120H Conard Hall, Bromfield Library & Information Commons
2 p.m. Optional Tour / BuckID
Around Campus

*If you have completed two or more consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school, you will take the foreign language assessment.

In order to schedule classes you must bring/complete the following

Getting to campus

Directions to Campus | Campus Map

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