Your Next Steps - To do now
Enable your BuckeyeMail account
From now on, most important business communications from Ohio State—including those referenced in this brochure—will be sent to the email address we’ve created just for you. Even if you haven’t decided on Ohio State, enable your BuckeyeMail account to receive emails sent to this address.
- Go to my.osu.edu and log in using your username and password. Your Ohio State username is your lastname.#, found at the top of the letter sent with this brochure.*
- On the left side of the page, click Change Email Delivery.
- Select “Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university’s email service” and click Submit.
*If you haven’t activated your Ohio State username, learn how at undergrad.osu.edu/how2buckeyemail.
Once BuckeyeMail is set up, check your email regularly at buckeyemail.osu.edu.
Now that you have enabled BuckeyeMail and be sure to check it regularly for important Ohio State business.
Submit the FAFSA and Special Scholarships Application
All students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (fafsa.gov) to receive consideration for need-based scholarships, loans, grants and Federal Work-Study.
In addition, Ohio State offers thousands of special-eligibility scholarships with a variety of eligibility criteria. File the FAFSA and complete the Special Scholarships Application (go.osu.edu/specialscholarships) to be considered.
For Lima-specific scholarships visit go.osu.edu/limascholarships.
Priority for need-based aid is given to those who complete the FAFSA by February 1.
The FAFSA is open now; complete it using 2016 tax information.
Pay your acceptance fee
Pay this nonrefundable $100 fee as soon as you receive our Acceptance Fee Statement and decide on Ohio State, and no later than May 1. Contact the Office of Admissions if the May 1 deadline has passed, (419) 995-8391.
An Acceptance Fee Statement with further instructions has been emailed to your BuckeyeMail account.
Note: As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee. Learn more at go.osu.edu/community-review.
Finish strong, and submit your transcripts
Final high school transcript
Your admission to Ohio State 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 have earned college credit while in high school, ask each institution you attended (except Ohio State) to send an electronic transcript to Ohio State so we can evaluate your transferable credits.
Do this around the time you pay your acceptance fee so that it’s done well in advance of orientation. Important: If you’re still taking college classes at that time, also request that a final electronic transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted.