University Orientation

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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
Check-in (required)
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 fair

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.
by 9:30 a.m. students and
family members
iPad deployment
10 a.m. students and
family members
Opening session
11:15 a.m. students Peer Leader small group meetings and lunch
11:15 a.m. family members College transitions: family matters
12:15 p.m. family members Family luncheon
1:15 p.m.


The Digital Flagship initiative
between 2-4 p.m. students and
family members
Academic overview and scheduling preparation 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, including:
  • Calculus options and Honors Mathematics opportunities
  • Foreign language testing
  • Get your BuckID
  • Residence hall open house
5 p.m.  students and
family members
Dinner service available
6:15 p.m.
students Get involved
7:30-10:30 p.m. students Evening activities, including:
  • Peer Leader small group meetings
  • RPAC games
  • Game night get down

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, including:
  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Ohio State Scholars Program
  • Office for Disability Services tour
  • Reserve Officers Traning Corps (ROTC)
  • University Honors Program
  • Young Scholars Program (YSP)
9 a.m. students and
family members
Life outside 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
between 11:15 a.m. and 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.)
various times students (if they are not in advising appointments) and family members

Optional sessions and activities, including:

  • Lunch on your own
  • Meet with a Buckeye Link specialist
  • Faculty Club open house
  • Learn about Student Health Services and get vaccinated
  • Get your BuckID

Frequently asked questions

How much does orientation cost?

On your first term statement of account, you will be assessed the $54 University Orientation Fee which covers all orientation costs except orientation housing and meals. The cost of orientation housing and a full meals package is $54 per student, payable upon arrival on day one (cash, check, Visa and Mastercard accepted).

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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