The Ohio State University at Lima


Welcome to The Ohio State University at Lima

We know the transition from high school to college is a big one. You've got a lot to learn as a new Buckeye - but don't stress!

Through your orientation program, you'll find answers to your Ohio State questions. You'll work with your advisor and schedule classes for your first semester. You'll learn more about university resources.

In short, your orientation program will set you up for success at Ohio State. We're excited to welcome you to the Buckeye family

Please remember that you must have your $100 acceptance fee paid before registering for an Orientation.

Once you’ve paid your $100 acceptance fee, you will receive orientation registration information mailed to the address on file in Buckeyelink. To verify your address please visit: We will also e-mail registration to your Ohio State e-mail account.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

1) Complete Required Placement Tests:

All placement exams must be completed at least 5 days prior to your orientation scheduling date. Please login to Buckeyelink to review your TO DO list to determine which placement exams you are required to complete.

Math Placement Exam:

Because most undergraduate programs at Ohio State require some work in mathematics, all entering students are required to take the Math Placement Test.

There are two versions of the Math Placement test: Test B and Test D.

  • Test B - ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 580 or lower)
  • Test D - ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 590 or higher)

Scoring high enough on Test B will allow you to take Test D (precalculus) which may result in a higher placement level.

NOTE: The Math Placement Exam is used only as a placement tool. No course credit will be given, nor will the exam fulfill any math requirements for your chosen major. The exam has a maximum time limit of 75 minutes. Please provide yourself with an environment that will give you uninterrupted time and an atmosphere conducive for working math problems.

The Math Placement Test is an important tool that determines a student's beginning placement level in math and science courses. Refer to the link for additional Math Placement Test information and links to study materials at

Steps to Take the Math Placement Exam

  1. Go to and login using your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and password.
  2. Thoroughly read the Math Placement Exam instructions, specifically noting the following:
    You may use scratch paper, pencil, and a scientific or graphing calculator (you should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboard).
  3. Do not answer a question if you don’t know the answer. It is okay to leave the question blank.
    • The exam is timed for 75 minutes and the time remaining will be updated after you answer each question.
    • The exam is entirely multiple-choice with only one correct answer. Partial credit is not given.

English Placement Exam:

Some course credit in English composition is required in all undergraduate programs at Ohio State. Your ACT or SAT scores initially determine if you will take the English placement test.

You are required to take the placement exam if one of the following applies:

  1. Your ACT English score is 18 or below
  2. Your SAT evidence-based reading and writing score is 480 or below

Please refer to the To Do list on Buckeyelink to determine if you are required to complete the English placement test.

*If you have CCP, AP, or Transfer credit for English and your To Do list states you are required to take this test, please contact the advising office at

The English Placement exam will be taken at through a course. If you are required to take the English placement exam, you will be automatically added to the course in Carmen and notified via your OSU e-mail with directions on how to take the exam. Please contact Tim Cheeseman at if you have questions on how to complete the exam.

Foreign Language Placement Exam:

Please consult with your Academic Advisor to determine if you are required to take the foreign language placement exam.

Please contact 567-242-7310 if you have questions or need assistance with the placement exams.

2) Check your Ohio State e-mail regularly

3) Make disability accommodations

  • Students who need accommodations for Placement Testing must contact Disability Services and provide documentation prior to their testing date. Accommodations are not retroactive, so if a placement test is taken prior to the review by the Disabilities Services Office to determine accommodations, it cannot be retaken. For contact information for Disability Services, visit
  • Students who need accommodations to participate in the virtual orientation through Carmen, please contact Disability Services
  • For contact information for Disability Services, visit

4) Access Buckeyelink

5) Review your financial aid

  • Visit and click on “View Financial Aid”
  • Additional Financial Aid information will be covered during the virtual orientation.

6) Send all CCP, transfer, and AP transcripts to Ohio State

If you would like to receive college credit for classes that you have completed (courses listed on your high school transcript will not meet this requirement), please send trancripts to:

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

7) Login to approximately 2 weeks prior to your Advising appointment date to complete your virtual orientation

  • You’ll need access to reliable internet and a computer or tablet to complete the virtual orientation

Orientation is mandatory and students are expected and family members are strongly encouraged to participate in all orientation activities. All new freshmen and transfer students will be charged a $50 registration fee and it will be assessed on the first semester statement of account.

Contact: 567-242-7500 or