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Information for Autumn Freshmen

Preparing for Orientation

Orientation is the first step on your journey as a student at The Ohio State University. It is a fun and exciting opportunity to experience first-hand what Ohio State is all about. You will have the chance to learn more about academics and student life, meet faculty and advisors for your program and become familiar with the OSU campus. Additionally, you’ll have a chance to meet and interact with fellow incoming students. During orientation you can expect to:

  • Learn more about your academic program (major)
  • Become familiar with traditions and with life as a Buckeye
  • Schedule your first set of classes
  • Meet faculty, advisors, and current Ohio State students
  • Interact with fellow incoming students
  • Ask Questions!

However, before you arrive on campus for orientation, you will need to do some prep work. During May, you will gain access to the Engineering Orientation Preparation site. Hosted on CARMEN, Ohio State's course management system, this online module will walk you through important pre-orientation tasks such as math and skills assessments, AP and dual enrollment credit review, and course scheduling tutorials. Completing the Orientation Preparation - Engineering site will ensure that your orientation experience goes smoothly and you leave campus with a clear picture of your first set of classes at Ohio State.

Please note: the Engineering Orientation Preparation online site is a separate preparation module than the orientation information sent by University Orientation. The University Orientation version will provide information that is important to all new Buckeyes. Make sure to review all information before attending! 

In late May you will receive an email -- sent to your OSU Buckeyemail account -- inviting you to the Engineering Orientation Preparation site. Check your OSU Buckeyemail regularly, as this will be the primary link between you and the University. To activate your OSU Username, which is used for your email, please visit  If you experience problems related to your username, contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Support Center by email at, by phone at 614-688-HELP, or by TDD at 614-688-8743.

We strongly recommend that students do NOT attempt to forward their OSU email address to an external account. This can cause issues with inconsistency with messages being received or filtering as junk/spam mail. You are responsible for all emails sent to your official Ohio State email account, so forwarding is strongly discouraged because of these issues. If you would like to und your email forwarding, log in to Click "Change email Delivery," choose "Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university's email service" and click "Submit."

If you are planning to purchase a computer prior to attending orientation, you can find information about minimum computer specifications here