Off-term first-year students Prepare for your orientation program

Plan for required placement exams

If you plan to request accommodations for a placement exam, do so at least three days before you take the test. Typical accommodations include extended time, alternative exam formats, readers and scribes. This request is separate from the registration process for accommodations during the academic year.

Math placement exam

Generally, unless you already have college credit for a specific Ohio State math course (through college course work, Advanced Placement testing or International Baccalaureate higher-level exams), you must take the online math placement exam at least two days before your orientation date. Check the requirements.

Your results on the math placement exam will determine both your starting place in Ohio State’s math sequence and your eligibility for several science courses. You cannot retake the exam, so prepare accordingly; we recommend reviewing sample problems and exam topics before taking the exam.

English and foreign language placement exams

If you're required to take an English or foreign language placement exam, you must do so online at least two days before your orientation program.

Request disability accommodations

Accommodations and services are available for students and participating family members through Disability Services during orientation. You should request accommodations in advance of your orientation program. Documentation may be required.

Request accommodations

For accommodations during the academic year, you must complete a separate registration process. If you have questions, contact Disability Services.

Request college transcripts

In order to receive transfer credit for college classes you’ve taken, you must request that official transcripts from the college where you completed your course work be sent directly to Ohio State. Courses listed on your high school transcript will not meet this requirement. If your college transcripts have not already been sent to Undergraduate Admissions, ask each institution you attended to send an electronic transcript to Ohio State as soon as possible.

Find instructions for sending transcripts to Ohio State at go.osu.edu/transfer_credit.

Upload your BuckID photo

Beginning two weeks before your orientation program date, you can visit buckid.osu.edu/orientation to submit a passport-style photo and other required documentation for your BuckID.

Read the directions carefully; submitting an improperly formatted photo may delay your BuckID application. Please select "Spring Orientation" as your program type on the application.

If you will be attending in-person classes, you'll be able to pick up your BuckID on campus at the beginning of your first term. Otherwise, we'll send you more information about accessing your virtual BuckID with your mobile device.

If you have questions, contact the BuckID Office at 614-292-0400 or buckidcardservices@osu.edu.

Check your BuckeyeMail account

BuckeyeMail, your university email account, is where Ohio State will send official correspondence about grades, course schedules, financial aid, housing and more. It’s a good idea to check BuckeyeMail at least once a week until classes begin and then daily during the semester.

If you haven't already, activate your BuckeyeMail account now.

Complete your vaccination requirement

Students new to the Columbus campus and all students who will reside in university housing must meet the university’s vaccination requirements.

Student Health Services offers the required vaccines, and you can obtain your vaccinations while on campus for your orientation program. To schedule an appointment, contact Student Health Services at 614-292-4321 or shs@osu.edu.

Complete required online training

You'll be required to complete online training that addresses stalking, abusive relationships and sexual violence on college campuses through an online module called U Got This! Information on accessing and completing the training will be sent to your university email address when the module is available. More information will also be available in your To Do List on Buckeye Link.

Prepare your questions

Orientation is your opportunity to learn almost everything you need to know to successfully get started at Ohio State. Jot down your questions to be sure you get the answers you need.