Orientation is designed to get new Buckeyes off to a strong start. At orientation, you will:

  • learn what is expected of you, both in and out of the classroom, as a student of The Ohio State University.
  • attend group advising sessions to learn more about your area of study and to schedule classes for autumn semester.
  • meet other incoming Ohio State students.
  • complete university business, such as getting your BuckID.

Orientation is mandatory. Students are expected—and family members are strongly encouraged—to participate in all orientation activities. All new freshman and transfer students will be charged a $50 orientation fee, which will be due upon check-in the day of your orientation.

First Year and Transfer Students

Ohio State ATI's Orientation is a one-day program. Your day will begin with check-in between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. at the Wooster Campus Conference Center (1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691) and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. During orientation, you will meet with your faculty advisor, schedule classes for your first semester, learn about academic and co-curricular opportunities, complete university business, and meet other students. 

Once registered for orientation, you will be mailed an orientation handbook with important information about how to prepare for your orientation day at Ohio State ATI.


  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019

Reserve an Orientation session. Only students who have been sent an email from ATI Orientation with instructions for reserving an orientation session are able to access the online orientation reservation system. Orientation emails are sent on a rolling basis. Students should follow the instructions in the orientation email to reserve their orientation session online. Once you have reserved your orientation session online, you will need to contact Student Success Services at 330-287-1258 to make any changes.

Requesting disability services. In college, you may qualify for additional services, called accommodations (such as extended timing for tests, priority scheduling, etc.), but it is your responsibility to contact Disability Services. If you had an IEP/504 plan or have a learning disability, ADD/ ADHD, a mental health condition, a mobility impairment, a medical or other condition, you may be eligible to receive accommodations. Contact Ruth Montz, Disability Services, at 330-287-1247, montz.11@osu.edu. You will be asked to provide documentation of your disability. Registering with Disability Services is not a one-day process, so you should contact Ruth Montz at least a few weeks before your orientation program.


Enrollment Appointments are assigned by the university registrar. Enrollment appointments for new students (first year and transfer students) will be unlocked at Orientation.

To access Buckeyelink you will have to register for the BuckeyePass service which is powered by Duo Security. This service provides a second layer of security to your Ohio State account. For more information visit https://buckeyepass.osu.edu. Remember to bring your registered BuckeyePass device (e.g., mobile phone, tablet or laptop computer) with you to orientation!

Math Placement Testing All entering freshmen—including students with AP credit, transfer credit, or College Credit Plus— are required to take the math placement test at least five days before orientation. The level of test you are required to take is either MATH: B or MATH: D. (This information will be given to you after you register for orientation.) Sample problems for both levels of tests, topics covered, testing instructions, and the placement tests themselves can be found at go.osu.edu/mathplacement.

Both levels of tests have a 75-minute time limit. The time remaining will be updated after you answer each question. Please note that time continues to run even if you log off of your computer or if you have computer problems. If you have read the information above and are prepared to take the math placement test, log in with your Ohio State username (name.#) and password at https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math

After you have finished taking the test, you will be given both a math course code indicating your placement level as well as a link for more information about math placement. At orientation, your academic advisor will use this information to help you register for the appropriate math course. If your test results are a “U” (undetermined), you will need to re-test with Student Success Services at 330-287-1258 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday—because the online test can only be taken one time.

If you experience technical issues while testing, please contact Ohio State’s Testing Center at 614-292-2241 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

English Placement Test English Placement testing, if required, can be completed online. Ohio State ATI uses ACT/SAT test scores to place students into English courses. Students with ACT English test scores between 15 and 18 and students opting not to submit ACT test scores are required to complete the English placement test.

We highly recommend that you complete the test on a desktop/laptop. Please do not use your phone. To take the test, follow the instructions below:

1. Log in with your Ohio State username (name.#) and password at carmen.osu.edu.

2. Select “English Placement Test–ATI/Wooster” from “My Courses.”

3. Complete the test as instructed.

If you experience technical issues while testing, please email Dr. Peggy Lindsay at lindsay.330@osu.edu.


Advanced Placement (AP) Test If you took AP tests and you come to orientation before the AP scores are available, you will schedule courses based on your placement results. Once AP results become available, we can adjust your schedule accordingly. If you have not had your official AP scores sent to Ohio State’s Testing Center, please bring a copy of your scores to orientation and contact the Advanced Placement Program at 888-225-5427 to have an official copy sent to Ohio State’s Testing Center: Attn: OSU Recipient Code #1592, 585 Student Academic Services Building, 281 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.

College Courses If you would like to receive transfer credit for college classes you’ve taken, including College Credit Plus, request that your final, official transcripts be mailed directly to Ohio State from the college where you completed your coursework. Courses listed on your high school transcripts will not be accepted and may cause a delay in evaluating your credit. Transcripts can be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: P.O. Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.

Transfer Students official transcripts from the college/university you attended must be received no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation date. Official transcripts from your transfer institution can be mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646.