Information for Autumn Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to The Ohio State University! We are excited to have you join us on campus for your summer orientation program as an official Buckeye.



Preparing for Orientation

As part of your orientation program, you will schedule your first set of classes at Ohio State. In order to do so, there are a few things you need to do to prepare before attending your orientation program. 


Approximately three weeks before your scheduled orientation program, you will receive an email from the College of Engineering that will include access to the College of Engineering Orientation Preparation Carmen course.


Hosted on Carmen, Ohio State's course management system, this site will guide you through modules

  • To better understand the structure of the College of Engineering at Ohio State,
  • To understand your math readiness at Ohio State,
  • To have a clear understanding of your course options, including math and science,
  • To be equipped with resources and tools for first-semester success,
  • To be provided a first-semester overview,
  • To have a first-semester schedule complete, with the consultation of your Academic Advisor

Completing your online Engineering Orientation Preparation will ensure that your orientation experience goes smoothly. 


Please continue to monitor your Ohio State email inbox ( as all messaging and outreach will be sent to your OSU email.

Computer Specifications

The College of Engineering does not require students to purchase a personal computer or laptop as part of our program. In addition to the computer labs available to all Ohio State students, you will have access to additional computer labs specifically designed and reserved for students in your program. However, since many students plan to bring a computer to campus, we have created a reference guide for suggested minimum specifications you should consider.

Windows-based computer vs. Apple computer:

Students pursuing an engineering degree may prefer an Apple computer such as an iMac or MacBook Pro, which utilizes an OS X operating system. Some of the software available to OSU engineering students for personal use is not directly compatible with OS X. Students will have 24-hour access to computer labs if they do not wish to install the software on their own computer. However, some students find they prefer the convenience of using the software on their own computer. Students with a computer utilizing an OS X operating system will need to configure their Apple computer to allow installation of ‘Windows only’ software. In general, this requires either a dual-boot configuration of the Apple computer or what is called a virtualized environment that allows the installation and subsequent use of a Windows operating system on the computer while having initially booted up to OS X.