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New First-Year Students: What to Expect

Academic Session on Day One

On the afternoon of the first day of orientation, you will participate in a group session led by Undergraduate Student Services Office in EHE. We will begin with a presentation for both students and their guests. Students and their guests will then split up to hear different presentations. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • General information about our college and the majors we offer
  • Academic Advising
  • The basic components of an Ohio State degree
  • The process of creating your first semester schedule
  • EHE 1100 (Survey)


Academic Session on Day Two

On the second day of orientation, you will:

  • Meet with your academic advisor for a one-on-one advising appointment
  • Discuss you first semester schedule
  • Schedule your classes

 

Transfer Students: What to Expect

 

The academic session will begin with a presentation led by the Undergraduate Student Services Office in EHE for both students and their guests. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • General information about our college and the majors we offer
  • Academic Advising
  • The basic components of an Ohio State degree
  • Transfer credit and how it applies to your degree
  • The process of creating your first semester schedule
  • EHE 1100 (Survey)

After the presentation you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor for a one-on-one advising appointment
  • Discuss your first semester schedule
  • Schedule your classes

 

Additional Orientation Information

 

 

Placement Testing

 

New First-Year Students: http://orientation.osu.edu/placement/index.html

Transfer Students: http://orientation.osu.edu/trans_placement.html

 

Post-secondary Coursework

 

To earn credit for post-secondary coursework, please request to have an official copy of your transcript sent to Ohio State electronically. If an electronic copy is not an option, copies may be sent to:

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

 

Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

 

If you have taken AP or IB exams, please have your official scores sent to Undergraduate Admissions. Scores may be sent at the time of the exam administration or by calling (888) 225-5427 and requesting scores be sent to us (recipient code 1592). Please allow 2-3 weeks for receipt and processing of scores.

  • If you are a New First-Year Student for the Autumn Semester, and you took an AP or IB exam during your senior year of high school, your scores might not be posted to your OSU student account until early July. If you attend Orientation prior to that date, advisors will work with you to plan your Autumn schedule based around any credits you expect to receive.
  • If you are a Transfer student and you had AP or IB scores sent to your previous school, you will need to have them re-sent to Ohio State using the information listed above. Scores do not automatically transfer from one institution to another.

 

What if I need to change my orientation date?

 

If you are already registered for an Orientation session but need to change the date and attend a different session, please contact the Orientation office as soon as possible at 614-292-4161 or orientation@osu.edu.

 

What if I want to change my major?

 

It is important for students to pursue the major that they think is best for them. If your desired major is different for what you originally declared when you applied to Ohio State, you can change your major as follows:

  • Before Orientation: contact the Orientation office as soon as possible at 614-292-4161 or orientation@osu.edu.
  • At Orientation: notify the Orientation staff of your new desired major when you check in for Orientation.

 

What if I can't attend orientation?

 

All new incoming Ohio State students are required to attend Orientation, which is comprised of both campus-wide and college-specific events. It is in your best interest to make arrangements to attend a regularly scheduled Orientation session. If you are truly unable to attend a regularly scheduled Orientation session, you will not be permitted to schedule your classes until all Orientation sessions are complete. For students beginning in the Autumn Semester, this means you will not be allowed to schedule classes until early August. You will also be required to complete an online or in-person make-up Orientation at the start of the semester. If you are truly unable to attend Orientation, please contact the Orientation office as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements: 614-292-4161 or orientation@osu.edu.

 

Other Important Information for your EHE Orientation:

 

  • We will provide you with a variety of tools to help you plan your schedule for your first semester.
  • You are not alone - the Undergraduate Student Services staff will be there to assist and answer any questions you may have.
  • We will only focus on scheduling your first semester at Ohio State.
  • If you have transfer credit, we may ask you to follow up by having it reviewed by a specific OSU department.
  • We want you to approach the scheduling process with an open mind. Be curious! Take a course that is of interest to you or something you have never experienced.
  • You must schedule your first semester classes while you are at Orientation. However, changes can be made to your schedule later, if necessary.