Congratulations on your upcoming campus change!

Important Information for campus change students in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 

This page has information that will be helpful in your transition to Columbus.  In it, we move from general to increasingly more specific information.  You may click on the hyperlinks on the page to navigate to useful resources.

Don’t forget:


If you have applied for a change to Columbus Campus, please do not wait to request housing!  Contact them TODAY!      (

Ohio State requires second-year students to live on campus.  This may mean that you need to apply for on-campus housing for the first time.  You have a few of options for on campus living:

  • One would be to apply for the general housing pool with all other students.
  • Another is to apply to be a part of HRS’s Future Health Professionals Learning Community (FHP); a community where students are supported by peers who are also interested in pursing a career in healthcare and by additional academic advising opportunities.
  • An additional option would be to apply to the Second Year Transformational Experience program.  The goal of this program is to help students participate in more activities and interact with more faculty members to advance their career development.


Changing to Columbus Campus has an impact on your tuition and fees.  The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences also has a lab fee for students.  The cost of housing is also something students who are changing should consider if they have commuted to their regional campus.  Finally, other products/services are necessary for attending the Columbus Campus- such as parking passes.

Student Jobs

Students can help offset these costs with part-time work.  Student job opportunities exist on campus and off-campus.  Students can find jobs at the Campus Jobs fair in the first couple days of Autumn semester. Student can also find a number of health care jobs at the Wexner Medical Center’s careers website.

Refresh your knowledge about OSU

When you have reviewed the information about OSU, please take some time to review our list of Columbus Campus resources.

What is Important to Know about Columbus:

Here are some things you may not have considered:

Some classes on the Columbus Campus are much larger.

It is not unusual to attend some introductory level classes that are 100-300 students.  This means that students don’t get as much interaction with the instructor and may not get all of their questions answered in class. This has several important impacts:

  • Students may have a recitation class that is about 30 students and reviews quizzes, answers questions, and works through sample problems.  These classes are usually taught by a graduate student who is a Teaching Assistant (TA).  TAs in different classes have different levels of involvement in the course planning and teaching, so some questions may still have to be answered by the instructor.
  • Students should meet with faculty in office hours to ask their unsanswered questions.
  • Students may need to find and use tutoring resources.
  • No one may notice if you don’t show up to class, so follow these steps:
    1. In the first week or two get a classmate’s contact information and agree to provide each-other notes if one of you misses class.
    2. Contact the instructor when you miss class.
    3. Keep the instructor informed if your absence will be several days.

The campus is much larger.

Come a day or two early to find your class rooms.  Use the Campus Map to figure out what the building looks like so you know what you’re looking for.  You can also download the OSU Mobile App and use the map there which can track you on campus by location.

  • Make sure you leave home with plenty of time to get to class on time!  Do a couple of trial runs to find out how long it will take.
  • Using busses will help you navigate the University more quickly.  There are two types of busses that run through campus: CABS and COTA.
    • CABS busses are operated by the University.  They run in circles along the outside of campus and help connect the central area of campus to other high-use areas such as the parking lots or off-campus housing.
    • COTA busses are operated by the city of Columbus. They run through campus and connect campus with other parts of the city.  Full time OSU students can ride COTA for free by swiping their Buck ID through the card reader on the bus.  COTA’s website will provide step by step instructions for how to get to your destination on time.
  • Parking lots
    • During the week students usually park on west campus out on Lane Ave. or on the Buckeye Lot near Ackerman Rd.  There are some lots closer to the central area of campus, typically around Ohio Stadium.  Students can examine this parking map to help identify lots.
    • Students should Students should consider what kind of parking pass best meets their needs.  In general:
    • C C spots on the central area of campus All day
      CE C spots on the central area of campus All day
      Garage 4pm-3am weekdays
      CG C spots on the central area of campus All day
      Garage Limited
      CP C spots on the central area of campus all day
      Garage Overnight
      WC West Campus parking All day
      Central area of campus Nights until 3am; weekends
      WCE West Campus parking All day
      Central area of campus Nights until 3am; weekends
      Garage 4pm-3am weekdays
      WC5 West Campus parking All day; limited nights
      Central area of campus Nights until 3am; weekends
      CX Buckeye Lot All day
      Central area of campus Nights until 3am; weekends

      Students should check with Campus Parc to verify.

Pro Tips on Making a Smooth Transition:

Based on feedback from advisors and other success campus change students, here are a few suggestions for helping to make the transition as painless as possible:

Read your emails

A lot of important information will be coming to you about scheduling, campus change orientation, housing, deadlines, etc.  Please make sure you are reading all of your University emails.

Attend a Campus Change session on your regional campus, if available

If one is not available, schedule an appointment with your advisor.  This will be time to make sure you understand the requirements of your major and any special information you need to know about your specific plans.

  • At this appointment, ask for specific people or offices you should follow up with when you arrive on the Columbus campus.

Schedule a follow up appointment with your Columbus advisor

Good times to schedule follow up appointments are:

  • Before the semester
  • Week 1 of the semester
  • Week 4 of the semester
  • Week 10 of the semester

Feel free to come any other time that you have questions, need referrals, or have a problem.

Get involved in a student organization

Every semester the Ohio Union has a Student Involvement Fair where many organizations gather to help students find clubs to join that fit their interests.