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Information for Spring/Summer 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 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. 

  • Sign up for the earliest orientation session you can attend. This will give you the largest amount of course options when scheduling your first set of classes at Ohio State.
  • If you completed any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, send your official scores to Ohio State and bring copies of your scores with you to orientation.
  • If you completed any coursework at a college or university, such as dual enrollment or Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) programs, have an official transcript with your grades in those college courses sent to The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, 281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. Also, bring a copy of your course syllabus with you to orientation.
  • Complete any required placement testing, including the Math Skills Assessment test. Information about all placement testing can be found at the University Orientation website.
  • Review all orientation materials sent to you.
  • Review program information on the University Orientation website.

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