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General information for transfer students

Program schedule

An overview of orientation activities is outlined below. Times are subject to change.

7:30 a.m.

Check-in for the following activities, all of which begin promptly at 8 a.m.:

  • Mathematics Placement Exam—if you did not complete the exam online, or you received an undetermined ("U") score
  • English Placement Test - if your transfer credits in English do not equate to English 1110 or 2367.
8:45 a.m. Check-in for students not testing in math or English
9:30 a.m. Program welcome, information and instructions
11:15 a.m.    Academic advising and course scheduling (ending times determined by academic area of study)

Afternoon placement testing (if required):

  • Foreign language testing available in French, German, Spanish and Italian (12:30 - 4 p.m.)
  • English placement testing (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Math Placement Exam (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) if you did not complete the online test, or if you received an undetermined ("U") score

Additional options:

  • Financial Aid Consultations (1 - 3 p.m.)
  • BuckID (by 4:30 p.m.)

Frequently asked questions

When should I attend orientation?

For best course selection, we strongly encourage you to attend the earliest program possible. However, if you attend orientation before completing recommended transfer credit evaluations, you will have incomplete information for scheduling and may not be able to obtain a complete schedule of classes. You should attend the earliest orientation date by which you can have your math placement testing done (if required) and recommended transfer credit evaluations completed.

How much does orientation cost?

The Orientation fee for transfer students is $25 which will be charged on a student's statement of account for the first term of enrollment and will be due seven days before the first day of classes. Students and guests should bring money for lunch and $7 (subject to change) for parking for the day.

What if I have questions about my transfer credit?

Shortly after you received your Notice of Admission to Ohio State, you will be able to view your Transfer Credit Report online.

Questions about your transfer credit evaluation should be directed to Undergraduate Admissions at 614-292-3980. If additional or updated transcripts have not been sent to Undergraduate Admissions, request those immediately and have them sent to The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.

How will I know which orientation program to attend?

Orientation sessions are arranged around academic areas of study. More information about which program you should attend will arrive with your University Orientation mailing brochure.

Do I have to take placement tests?

Your previous college-level course work in foreign language, mathematics, and English composition determine your need for placement testing in these subjects. More information about placement testing can be found here.

Please note that, if required, mathematics testing is to be completed before you attend orientation.

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

Ohio State awards credit for outstanding scores on AP and IB exams. 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 216-696-4464.

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