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Reserving a transfer orientation program

Orientation reservation is only open to students who have been sent an orientation mailing for their first term of enrollment at Ohio State. This mailing is sent beginning approximately one month prior to the first orientation date for that semester. The mailing is sent only to students who have paid their acceptance fees.

Transfer students enrolling in summer or autumn 2019

View transfer orientation program dates

Reserve your orientation date online and prepare for your program

  • If you haven't already, obtain your Ohio State Username and set up delivery of your Ohio State email at If you experience probems related to activating your username, contact the Office of Information Technology at 614-688-HELP,, or by TDD at 614-688-8743.
  • Changes to your major: If you wish to change your major, contact Orientation at 614-292-4161 or prior to reserving your date as program dates vary between colleges.
  • Once you receive your orientation mailing, you will be able to reserve your program at You will need your Ohio State Username (name.#) or ID number and password to log in.
  • Take the Math Placement Exam online unless you have incoming credits that have been equated to Math 1050 or higher at Ohio State. (Students who successfully complete the online exam and do not need to test in English may arrive at 8:45 a.m. for the program.)

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 online test or you received an undetermined ("U") score
  • English placement exam: if your transfer credits in English do not equate to English 1110 or 2367
8:45 a.m. Check-in for students not required to test in math or English
9:30 a.m. Transfer orientation presentation: 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 exam (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Mathematics 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 afternoon options:

  • Financial Aid Consultations (1 - 3 p.m.)
  • BuckID (by 4:30 p.m.) - Please bring a driver's license or state-issued photo ID.

Changing your orientation date

Once you have scheduled your program dates, you will need to contact University Orientation to change program sessions at 614-292-4161 or While we try to accommodate session-change requests, reassignments are usually for dates later than the original and are made on a space-available basis. If you are unable to attend any of the dates available for your academic program, you should call University Orientation to discuss alternate arrangements.

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