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 admissions 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.
Check back later for more upcoming events!
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 accountFrom 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.
- Go to my.osu.edu and log in.
- On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.
- Select Create my BuckeyeMail account and submit.
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.
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:
- If you attended an Ohio college or university, request that your transcript be sent electronically.
- 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 email@example.com.
- If your school does not offer electronic delivery, please have your transcript(s) mailed to:
The Ohio State University
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.
For More Information visit: go.osu.edu/limaorientation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 567-242-7500— we're here to help.
Step 4 - Connect with us
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.
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.
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.
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!