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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. 

Before attending orientation, you will need to complete our online Engineering Orientation Preparation. 

Log In To Engineering Orientation Preparation

Hosted on CARMEN, Ohio State's course management system, this site will guide you through tasks such as

  • Complete placement exams, 
  • Learn about Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams, and college credit, 
  • Review scheduling process, and,
  • Explore computer recommendations.

Completing your online Engineering Orientation Preparation 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.

We recommend completing your Engineering Orientation Preparation during May, or as soon as possible.

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.