1. Complete pre-orientation items.

These items should be completed prior to your orientation program:

    1. Review important dates and deadlines
    2. Confirm your academic major. It’s important that you notify the orientation office if you’ve changed your major since you applied for admission to Ohio State and before you participate in orientation. Orientation program dates are tied to academic majors and we want to ensure you’re meeting with the correct academic advisors who will help you register for autumn semester classes. Students who wish to declare a double major or minor should share this information with their academic advisor during orientation.
    3. Complete any remaining items under the “Holds and To Do Items” section of Buckeyelink (Links to an external site.) This may include trainings, submitting vaccinations, etc. If you do not complete these items, you may not be able to register for classes.
    4. Complete necessary placement tests. Placements tests are offered online in advance of your orientation program in English, math and several foreign languages. Follow the instructions below for accessing the test(s) you’ve determined you need to complete.
    5. Have your transfer credit evaluation completed by Ohio State.
      1. Final transcripts for college course work should be sent electronically. Your Transfer Credit Report will be available through Buckeyelink (Links to an external site.) once the college course work is evaluated.
        • Remember that not all credit will transfer as a direct equivalency. There may be credit that is reflected as “special” or “technical” credit which may be counted as general credit but not credit towards your degree. You should ask an advisor how this credit is applied to your progress to degree.
        • Once you get your results, view your Transfer Credit Report.
    6. Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement. All students are required to agree to an online financial responsibility statement prior to enrolling in courses each term. If you do not agree to the statement, a hold will be placed that prevents you from enrolling in courses and from your advisor being able to enroll for you.
      • Complete this statement by accessing the “Financial Responsibility Statement” link under the “Holds and To Do Items” section of Buckeyelink (Links to an external site.). This is also where you can check to see if you have any additional account holds which may prevent you from registering for classes.
    7. Have AP and/or IB scores valuated by Ohio State. 
      1. Make sure these scores are reported directly (and officially) from College Board or International Baccalaureate to Ohio State. It’s also helpful to have these scores available when you speak with your academic advisor to plan your first term course schedule.
    8. Request disability or technology accommodations (if needed for Orientation). Accommodations and services are available for students and participating family members through Disability Services (Links to an external site.) during orientation. If you have concerns accessing orientation online, you should visit go.osu.edu/orientationaccess to request accommodations in advance of your orientation program. Documentation may be required.


Now that you have completed Step #1, please use the navigation bar on the left hand side to find and complete Step #2 of Transfer Student Orientation.