The Ohio State University at Lima

I'm Buckeye Bound: Next Steps

Welcome, new Buckeye!

Congratulations on your admission to Ohio State Lima. In-person events may have been canceled, but there are still lots of ways to learn more about Ohio State Lima. We're excited to connect with you!

Scroll on for events and resources, including:
- Opportunities to enhance your college experience
- Buckeye business: Next steps for enrolling
- Student financial aid
- And more!

Register for a live Ohio State Lima event

Join us online to learn more about Ohio State Lima. You will hear from our admissions counselors, financial aid staff, current students, and other various campus offices to have your questions answered about all things Ohio State.

The Performing Arts at Ohio State Lima
Meet and chat with faculty and students from the music and theatre departments. This is a "pop-in" event – "show up" any time between 3 and 4p.m. – and find out how YOU can get involved in the performing arts on the Ohio State Lima campus! Students do not have to be majors or minors to be a part of our vibrant arts community on campus. We welcome everyone with an interest in music or theatre to get involved!
Dates: Monday, June 15, 2020; Thursday, July 9, 2020; Thursday, July 23, 2020; and Monday, August 3, 2020 at 3 p.m.
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Financial Aid Drop-ins
This is your opportunity to meet one-on-one (virtually) with the financial aid office and ask any questions you may have. We can go over the basics or a very specific question you may have. Set up an appointment today by emailing
Dates: June 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30
July 7, 8, 28, 29
Registration: E-mail

Career Development Information Session
Join us for a virtual session for students and parents/guardians of incoming freshmen. The career development manager will be on hand to give an overview of career-related services, information about internships, and answer any questions you may have during this time.
Dates: Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 5 p.m.; Wednesday August 5, 2020, at noon.
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July 22:
August 5:

Virtual Honors Meet and Greet
Hear from the Honors Director and honors students about the educational, social and scholarship resources available to honors students, how to apply, and what to expect. By joining the Honors Program, you gain access to the very best academic and cultural opportunities the campus can offer.
Dates: Friday, June 26, 2020, at 11 a.m.; Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 9 a.m.; Monday, July 27, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.
June 26:
July 11:
July 27:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Lima Campus History: Online Dig
Where did students have their first events? What can you find out about the history of your major, or of clubs on campus? What did Galvin Hall look like under construction? And how can you find the romance novels set on Lima Campus? Join librarians Tina Schneider and Zach Walton for an online dig into campus history, and find out!
Date: July 21, 2020, at 1 p.m.

Parent Orientation
We invite the parents of incoming freshman students to join us for a virtual Parent Orientation. Through this orientation, you will learn about supporting your student through their college experience and will hear from financial aid about important next steps and deadlines. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the Enrollment Services team.
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Registration: Code: ParentOR20

E1T1 Mentee Information Session

The E1T1 Mentee Information Session is designed to give prospective mentees an overview of what the program is, benefits of the program, and how to officially sign up to participate as a mentee.
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 3 p.m.
Registration: CODE: E1T1 2020

First Year Experience Team Building Retreat
The FYE Team Building Retreat is open to all incoming freshmen. Students will be able to meet and socialize with other incoming freshmen, participate in team-building activities, and learn about Lima Campus resources.
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Generation One Meet and Greet
The Generation One Meet and Greet is open to all students enrolled in the Generation One Learning Community. This event will allow First Gen students to get to know other community members and peer mentors. We will also discuss the Learning Community in more detail.
Date: Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion live session for Orientation
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, invites new students and their parent(s) to join Temple Patton, and De Monte` Lindsey student, and Diversity Committee member, talk about what activities the Office has planned for autumn semester, resources, and answer any questions you may have.
When: Jul 23, 2020 03:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Discover Engineering Technology Webinar
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time: 6-7 p.m.
RSVP link:
This virtual event is an opportunity to learn more about the engineering pathways available on the Lima campus, including the new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technologies major. You will have the opportunity to hear from an admissions representative and a panel of engineering faculty, Career Development and Engagement, and students currently enrolled in the program.

After you are admitted

To keep your admission to Ohio State Lima on track, you have some steps to complete.

Step 1 - I've been admitted to Ohio State Lima, what do I do now?

Set up your BuckeyeMail email account

From now on, important and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State Lima – like your financial aid offer – will be sent to your BuckeyeMail account. Set up BuckeyeMail even if you haven't decided on Ohio State Lima.
If you already activated your username and created a password (you may have done this as an applicant in order to check your application status), your final step is to set up your BuckeyeMail account.
  1. Go to and log in.
  2. On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.
  3. Select Create my BuckeyeMail account and submit.
Once your request has been processed (allow up to 90 minutes), you'll be able to log in at to receive and send email. Your email address is: Check your email several times a week until school begins, and then daily.

What if I have not activated my username? Get instructions.

If you haven’t already done so, submit the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application

Every student is highly encouraged to file the FAFSA to be considered for the most financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work-Study). Get important dates and simple steps for applying for aid.

Accept our offer of admission and pay your acceptance fee

Pay this $100 nonrefundable fee as soon as you decide on Ohio State Lima.

To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission:
Follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement, which is emailed to you within three days of admission to Ohio State. Note: As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding disciplinary and felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee.
To delay your admissions term:
Contact Undergraduate Admissions before the application deadline for your desired term to discuss your options. Read our Gap Year Policy.

Step 2 - What to do after you pay your acceptance fee

Finish strong, and submit your transcripts

Final high school transcript
Your admission to Ohio State Lima is contingent upon our receipt and review of your final high school transcript. So finish strong, and let your counselor know to send your final transcript to Ohio State (electronically for faster processing) upon graduation.
If you’ve taken AP or IB classes, you may be able to receive credit for your test scores. To find out if you can earn credit for your AP or IB test scores, remember to have your official scores sent to Ohio State.

University transcript
If you have earned college credit while in high school, ask each institution you attended to send an electronic transcript to Ohio State so that we can begin evaluating your transferable credits. If you are admitted for autumn term, do this by May 1. If you’re still taking college classes after May 1, make sure your final transcript is sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.
Important! Transcripts should not be delivered by the student or sent to other addresses on campus. Doing so will prevent acceptance of the transcript as official.

How to send university transcripts to Ohio State:

  1. If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.
  2. For other institutions, request electronic delivery if available to avoid processing delays. If ordering a transcript online, select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select from, have your school email your transcript to
  3. If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to:

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Register for orientation

Orientation is held prior to the opening of each autumn semester and is required for all students. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to attend with you. Orientation is designed to address the testing and course scheduling needs of all incoming students, and introduce you and your family to people and resources that play a critical role in first-year success.

Prior to attending your virtual orientation, you will:

Complete necessary placement testing in English and foreign languages (math testing is done online prior to orientation).

During your virtual orientation, you will:
Learn helpful information about how Ohio State does business.

After your virtual orientation, you will:
Attend an academic planning and advising session and schedule classes.

Students admitted for autumn semester
Orientation information will be emailed at the beginning of May as acceptance fees are received. Orientation programs are held through August.

What if I want to change my major?
Contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your options. Learn about eligibility requirements for Ohio State’s majors.

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Receive your financial aid notification

Financial aid notifications are emailed to BuckeyeMail accounts beginning in late February. Learn more about accepting aid. Haven't filed the FAFSA yet? Do so by February 1 or as soon as possible.

Step 3 - Contact us

We're here to help!

The decision about where you'll go to college is a big one. Though we hope you choose Ohio State Lima, we want to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Want to talk about financing your education? Want to confirm we have the academic program that's right for you? Want to know how you'll personalize your Buckeye experience? Email or give us a call at 567-242-7500— we're here to help.

Step 4 - Connect with us

Use #BuckeyeBound

Post on social media with the #BuckeyeBound to share with your friends and family that you will be attending The Ohio State University at Lima and find other incoming Buckeyes.

Keep Exploring

Financial aid

Ohio State is committed to providing families with an exceptional return on their college investment. Read more about the Ohio State value. Follow this checklist to ensure you receive and keep your aid. For additional questions, find more Ohio State Lima Financial Aid resources and information HERE.

Join up

Learn about programs you can join to enhance your academic and social experience at Ohio State Lima. Challenge yourself and join the honors program or meet new people with a same interest as you in one of our many student life organizations.

Virtual tour

Picture yourself here, strolling across our beautiful campus. Enjoy a virtual tour, with stops at the Perry Webb Student Life Building, historic Galvin Hall, Martha W. Farmer Theatre, Library, campus bookstore and more!