Ohio State ATI

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Wooster, Ohio


Find Your Fit

Right Fit. Right Now.

Ohio State ATI's new student Orientation program will help you to find your fit on campus. At orientation you will learn about academic and co-curricular programming, attend a group advising session, schedule classes, complete university business and meet with other new students.  Orientation is a one-day program. Parents or other adult guests (limit 2) are welcome to attend with you. The $50.00 orientation fee is due at  your orientation program. 

ORIENTATION DATES. Spring 2017 Orientation is a one-day program, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., lunch is provided. Orientation dates are organized around academic programs.  Currently all academic programs can register for the Monday, December 19 program.

REQUESTING DISABILITY SERVICES.Student with disabilities can receive support services that include test-taking accommodations. Contact disability services for determination of eligibility prior to attending orientation. Request disability services here: http://ati.osu.edu/currentstudents/studentservices/disability-services or call (330) 287-1258.

ORIENTATION REGISTRATION. Orientation registration will begin in the first week of November. All orientation registration is completed online. Contact us at 330-287-1258 if you require assistance with the online registration process. Orientation registration invitations are sent to students at their Buckeye Mail (OSU email account). You can activate your OSU eMail account at www.my.osu.edu - additional information about activating your OSU eMail account is listed below.


It is very important that you activate your OSU username.  All students receive an OSU Username for accessing university services, including Buckeye Link, Buckeye Mail, Carmen, OSU wireless and University computers.

You manage your OSU username (last name .#) at my.osu.edu  The University requires that your password be changed every 90 days.

Buckeye Mail is the official email service to OSU students. Check your email at Buckeye Mail. The University will use Buckeye Mail for all official communications about grades, course schedules, financial aid, housing, orientation, and scholarships. Check your email at least once a week before the semester begins and more frequently during the semester.

Should you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357.



ACT/SAT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) Credit, or any college-level coursework you have completed will determine your placement testing requirements.  These must be posted in the OSU system. ACT/SAT test scores are used for placement into your English course and to determine which level (algebra or calculus) of mathematics placement test you will complete.  Students who opt not to submit  ACT/SAT  test scores will be required to complete the English and Math placement tests at their orientation program.

ACT/SAT scores printed on high school transcripts, photocopied test results, or otherwise unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. ACT/SAT scores must be sent from the Testing Company to The Ohio State University.

Advanced Placement Tests

Students who want to earn Advanced Placement credit must send their official score report to The Ohio State University (recipient code #1592). If scores are not received prior to orientation you will be required to take appropriate OSU placement tests. If you take OSU placement tests and later Advanced Placement scores are received and they are high enough to give you course credit, they will take precedence over placement test scores.

College Credit Plus

Official transcripts from the college an/or university you attended must be received no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation date; otherwise there may not be sufficient time for transfer credit review and the posting of transfer credit to the University system. Official transcripts from your transfer institution can be mailed to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 182646, Columbus, OH  43218-2646.


Some placement testing can be completed prior to orientation. For example, most students can complete the Math Skills Assessment on-line in advance of their scheduled orientation program. Students who have been out of high school for less than 2 years and have not submitted ACT/SAT test scores MUST complete the Math Skills Assessment in-person at Orientation. Ohio State ATI students are auto-placed into their first semester English course based upon their ACT/SAT test scores. Students with placement test requirements that must be completed at orientation will be notified prior to their scheduled orientation program.

ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (Can only be taken at orientation.)

The English Placement Test is designed to evaluate student writing and place students in the appropriate classes that will help them succeed in college-level work. English placement tests can only be taken in-person at Orientation. This timed essay exam requires students to read and then analyze a passage for key ideas in developing their own position on the subject; it integrates the critical reading and expository writing skills that are essential for college-level work. Essays will be evaluated on matters such as clarity of thought, fluency, careful organization, development of ideas, and the use of clear and precise language. ACT English sub scores are used to place students into English classes. Students earning an ACT English sub score of 15 or lower are placed into English 1109, Writing and Reading. Students who have an ACT English Subscale score of 16, 17 or 18 will be placed into English 1110.03 and 1193. Students who have earned an ACT English sub score of 19 or higher, or an SAT verbal sub score of 460 or higher will be placed in First-Year English Composition.

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT TEST (Available May 1 - must be taken online prior to orientation.)

Most undergraduate programs at Ohio State require some work in mathematics. All entering freshmen are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment (math placement test). You should complete this testing requirement no later than three days prior to orientation and can do so online (see instructions below). 

You are not required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • You have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course equal to Math 1050 or higher.
  • You received a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus exam while in high school. You will need to have an official copy of your AP test scores sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions to receive credit.

You are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • Your credit for college course work in mathematics is not transferring to Ohio State.
  • You have submitted college transcripts, but have not had them equated prior to your orientation session.

The Math Placement Test provides an opportunity to demonstrate your current mathematics skills. There are two versions of the Math Placement Test:  Test B and Test D. If you have an ACT math sub score of 24 or lower or an SAT math sub score of 560 or lower, you will be required to take Math Placement Test B. If you have an ACT math sub score of 25 or higher or an SAT math sub score of 570 or higher, you will be required to take Math Placement Test D.

The Mathematics Skills Assessment (Math Placement Test) can be taken online. Follow the Online Mathematics Skills Assessment Instructions below.  If you elect to take the online Math Skills Assessment, the test can be taken at any time but NO LATER THAN THREE (3) DAYS BEFORE your scheduled Orientation program.

Browser Requirements: Netscape versions 4.06 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher.

Go to https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math

  • Log in to the test using your Ohio State Username and OSU password.
  • Thoroughly read the instructions. Please note (1) You may use scratch paper, pencil and a scientific or graphing calculator. (you should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY key boards, such as the TI-89 or TI92; (2) The test has a time limit of 75 minutes. 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; and (3) The test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question. Partial credit is not given.
  • Upon completing the test, click Submit.
  • Note your placement code. L, M, N, R, S or T. Students receiving a placement code "U' (undetermined) must complete additional math placement testing at orientation.

Students are encouraged to review sample problems for both math exams at www.math.osu.edu.





Be sure to check-out our First Year Experience (ati.osu.edu/FYE) programs!

Questions should be addressed to Ruth Montz: montz.11@osu.edu

Student Success Services    128 Skou Hall     330-287-1340