University Orientation

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General information

Program schedule

A tentative overview of orientation activities is outlined below. Times are subject to change. Please note that all sessions are required for students unless listed as optional.

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Day One

Who should attend
7:30-8:45 a.m. students and
family members
Orientation check-in at Morrill Tower
7:30 a.m. arrival required for students who need to complete English or Latin testing*
8-9:30 a.m. students and
family members

University resource displays at Drake Performance and Event Center

8 a.m. students
  • English testing (for students who have an 18 or lower on the ACT English or a 450 or below on the SAT verbal portion)
  • Latin testing (only for students who took 2 or more years in high school Latin)
  • Math testing for students with a "U" score from online math placement exam.
9:30 a.m. students and
family members
Opening session
10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. students Groups led by Peer Leaders:
  • Lunch
  • Small group acquaintanceship
10:45-11:45 a.m. family members Family Matters
Noon-12:45 p.m. family members Family luncheon
12:45-1:45 p.m.

students and family members

Doing Business Buckeye Style
2-4 p.m. students and
family members
Academic Advising Sessions (Part I) by area of study; family members' opportunity to interact with academic advisors
various times after academic advising session students Optional sessions for students and family members:
  • Foreign language testing
  • BuckID
  • Calculus options and Honors Mathematics opportunities
5 p.m.  students and
family members
Dinner service available
6:15 p.m.
students Student Involvement Session (last required session for students on Day 1)
7:30-10:30 p.m. students Evening activities, including:
  • RPAC games
  • Moonlight campus tours
  • Orientation Night Live

Day Two

6:45-8:15 a.m. students and
family members
Breakfast service available
8 a.m. students and
family members
Optional information sessions:
  • Office for Disability Services tour
  • ROTC
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Bridge Program
  • Honors
  • Scholars
  • Student Athletes/SASSO
9 a.m. students and
family members
Life Outside of the Classroom
10 a.m. students Residence education and commuter discussion sessions for students
10 a.m. family members Student life discussions for family members
11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. students only Academic advising appointments and course registration (appointment times will be assigned on Day One, students should plan on staying on campus until 3:30 p.m.)
11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. students (if they are not in advising appointments) and family members

Optional activities:

  • Lunch on your own
  • Financial Aid counseling
  • Faculty Club open house
  • Tours of Younkin Success Center
  • BuckID center open
  • Career Services Office drop-ins (selected colleges)
  • Family lounge in the Thompson Library

Frequently asked questions

How much does orientation cost?

On your first term statement of account, you will be assessed the $50 University Orientation Fee which covers all orientation costs except orientation housing and meals. The cost of orientation housing and a full meals package is $52 per student, payable upon arrival on day one (cash, check, Visa, and Mastercard accepted). Parking is $14 ($7 per day).

How will I know which orientation program to attend?

Orientation sessions are arranged around academic programs. There are also orientation sessions for Honors students and students involved in the Scholars programs. More information about which program you should attend will arrive with your University Orientation mailing package.

Do I have to take placement tests?

Most students need to take some placement tests before they are able to schedule classes. Testing is offered in mathematics, English, and foreign languages. Please note that, if required, mathematics is to be completed before you attend orientation.

Learn more about placement testing

What if I took Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests in high school?

Ohio State awards credit for scores of 3 or higher on AP and IB exams (4 or more on the higher level). Be sure to have an official copy of your scores sent directly to Ohio State, as credit cannot be awarded without an official copy. To request an official copy of your scores, call the AP Office at 1-888-CALL4AP or the IB Office at 301-202-3000.

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