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Undergraduate Orientation

New Ohio State undergraduate students (both new first-year students and transfer students) attend an Ohio State orientation program prior to enrollment. Orientation programs include a scheduled meeting with the academic advising staff in the Knowlton School. During this academic session, you will learn about major and general education (GE) requirements, review your degree audit and transfer credit with an advisor, and register for courses for your first semester. To schedule an orientation program or to change your date, please contact University Orientation. Regional campus students should contact their regional campus for orientation dates.

To ensure a successful orientation experience, please be sure to complete the following steps prior to your arrival. The advising staff can best assist students who have completed these steps in advance.

1. Review all information you have received from both Orientation and the Knowlton School.

2. Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement. This must be completed before you are able to register for classes.

3. Complete the Math Placement Test or have your Math transfer credits evaluated. This must be complete before you are able to register for any Math or many science-based courses.

4. Request final transcripts from other institutions. Learn the best way to send transcripts to Ohio State.

5. Request AP and IB results to be sent to Ohio State. Credit is awarded for AP scores of 3 or higher and IB scores of 4 or higher that are achieved in the "Higher Level (HL)" programs. Review the Credit by Examination brochure to learn more.

6. Watch these University course search and course enrollment videos.

7. Learn about the role of an academic advisor and how to make the most of your advising relationship.


New first-year students

Our new first-year student programs typically include 12-16 students per orientation session. Approximately one week prior to your scheduled orientation, we will send a pre-orientation survey to your OSU email address. This survey is an important step in developing a relationship with you. The survey allows you to share more about your interests and concerns related to your intended major and/or Ohio State. We also ask about interests outside of your major. We review this information prior to your arrival and this allows us to provide the best information to you during your orientation session.

On the first day of orientation, we will meet with you and your family members or guests to share the most important information you need to plan your autumn semester schedule. Our overview will provide a big picture of your major and what to expect. The focus, however, is on supplying you with resources and tools needed to build your schedule. Students will work in small groups with peer advisors (current Knowlton students) to start this process by using iPads to review the Schedule of Classes, the Course Offerings Bulletin and Schedule Planner. Academic advisors will be able to answer specific questions and address prior credit in addition to providing options based on each individual student's responses to the pre-orientation survey and in-person conversations. By the end of day one, students will have had time to review course options, review General Education choices and have a general understanding of the scheduling process.

On day two, students will meet with advisors and peer advisors to officially schedule autumn semester classes in a computer lab. Our small-sized orientation groups enable students to get to know their advisors and make connections with other students. Advisors are able to answer individual questions and address group concerns. The day two session is for students only. Family members will be able to attend other orientation programming options.

Transfer students programs

Most of our transfer student programs include 3-6 students per session. Two to three weeks prior to orientation, we will reach out to you with preliminary scheduling information and to offer reminders on any of the aforementioned checklist items. Transfer students should review their transfer credit report and take note of specific classes which may require additional evaluation or a curriculum petition. Depending on the size of the transfer student group on a specific orientation date, we may provide you with a specific one-on-one appointment time in advance.