Next Steps After You Apply

AFTER YOU APPLY FOR ADMISSION

Here are the steps to take after you've applied for admission:

Activate your username and password

  • Within 1 to 5 days of applying, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. This email will include your OSU ID and Ohio State username (lastname.#).
  • Follow the instructions in the email to set up your Ohio State username (lastname.#). This will give you access to your Applicant Center (http://appstatus.osu.edu) where you can check on the status of your application.
    • Activating your Ohio State username is a two-part process:
    1. Request an activation code: Go to my.osu.edu (http://my.osu.edu)  and click "Activate Now!" Then click "I need an Activation Code" and follow the prompts to have your activation code emailed to you. (You'll need your Ohio State username, which is located at the top of the email you received immediately after you applied for admission.)
    2. Activate your identity: Once you receive your activation code, return to my.osu.edu (http://my.osu.edu) and click "Activate Now!"  Then click "I have an Activation Code" and follow the prompts.
  • Need help? Contact Ohio State's IT help desk at (614) 688-HELP (4357). (They're available 24/7!)
  • Use your OSU ID in correspondence with us about your application.
  • Within 15 minutes of activating your username, you can log in to the Applicant Center (http://appstatus.osu.edu) .

Check your application status

  • Log in to your Applicant Center (http://appstatus.osu.edu) where you can monitor the status of your application. Check regularly to make sure you have no missing materials, outstanding issues or anything left to do.
  • On the right side of the screen in your Applicant Center, you’ll see a section called "To Do List." If there are items listed there, click “More” for all available details, including any follow-up comments from Undergraduate Admissions.
  • On the left under "Admissions," you’ll see a link to "Application Status." Click that to view the status of your application. 
  • Check for:
    • Items missing from your application: It may take several days for received materials to be reflected on your status page. Please wait at least 5 days after submitting materials before inquiring.
    • Your admission decision: Once your application is complete, your admission decision will typically post within 4 to 6 weeks (if not sooner!).
  • While we will notify you of the admission decision, the decision will also appear in your Applicant Center (http://appstatus.osu.edu) .

submit the FAFSA and complete the ATI scholarship application


AFTER YOU ARE ADMITTED

You've been admitted to Ohio State ATI!  Here are your next steps to becoming a Buckeye:

Enable your BuckeyeMail Email AccounT

  • From now on, important business communications from Ohio State – like your housing contract, financial aid offer and orientation information – will be sent to your OSU email address.
     
  • If you already activated your username and created a password (you may have done this as an applicant in order to check your application status), your final step is to enable your BuckeyeMail account.
    1. Go to my.osu.edu (http://my.osu.edu)  and log in.
      • Still need to activate your Ohio State username? Follow these two steps:
        1. Request an activation code: Go to my.osu.edu (http://my.osu.edu)  and click "Activate Now!" Then click "I need an Activation Code" and follow the prompts to have your activation code emailed to you. (You'll need your Ohio State username, which is located at the top of the email you received immediately after you applied for admission.)
        2. Activate your identity: Once you receive your activation code, return to my.osu.edu (http://my.osu.edu) and click "Activate Now!"  Then click "I have an Activation Code" and follow the prompts.
        • Need help? Contact Ohio State's IT help desk at (614) 688-HELP (4357). (They're available 24/7!)
    2. On the left side of the page, click "Change Email Delivery."
    3. Select “Deliver my email to BuckeyeMail, the university’s email service” and click "Submit."
    4. That’s it! Your OSU email address is (your) lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu. Check your email at buckeyemail.osu.edu (http://buckeyemail.osu.edu)  routinely!
  • Need help with your email activation? Contact (614) 688-HELP (4357) or email 8help@osu.edu(They're available 24/7!)

Check your email regularly

  • Once you’ve enabled your BuckeyeMail account, log in at buckeyemail.osu.edu (http://buckeyemail.osu.edu) to receive and send email. (Your email address is [your] lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu.) Be sure to check BuckeyeMail several times a week until school begins, and then daily.
  • Need help with your email activation? Call 614-688-HELP (4357) or email 8help@osu.edu. (They're available 24/7!)

submit the FAFSA and complete the ATI scholarship application, if you haven't already done so

pay YOUR ACCEPTANCE FEE

  • Your nonrefundable $100 acceptance fee is due by May 1, a national deadline for acceptance deposits. Follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement, which will be emailed ot your BuckeyeMail account within three days of admission to Ohio State ATI.
  • To pay your acceptance fee, or decline the offer of admission: Log in to your Applicant Center (http://appstatus.osu.edu)  with your Ohio State Username or OSU ID. In the Admissions section, click on the "Accept/Decline" link. You may then accept the offer of admission and pay the acceptance fee online. Note: As a condition of enrollment, all admitted applicants are required to answer a question regarding felony history prior to paying the acceptance fee.
  • To delay your admission: Contact Undergraduate Admissions before the application deadline for your desired semester to discuss your options.


AFTER YOU PAY YOUR ACCEPTANCE FEE

Congratulations!  You're ready for these final enrollment steps now:

ACTIVATE BUCKEYEPASS AND DUO

  • In order to access Ohio State's student information system, all students must activate BuckeyePass. BuckeyePass uses Duo, a multi-factor authentication for logging into university accounts. This requires a password and username as well as a second method of authentication (e.g., receiving a text or phone call) each time you access your Ohio State accounts.
  • To set up your BuckeyePass/Duo account, start by visiting the BuckeyePass site located at http://buckeyepass.osu.edu. Begin the process at a laptop or desktop computer. Once you have access to the site, you will see information pertaining to the two-factor authentication with a Start Setup button. Click the "Start Set-Up" button to initiate the process.
  • If you need help, contact buckeyepass@osu.edu or call (614) 688-HELP (4357).

register for orientation

  • Orientation is held prior to the opening of each semester and is required for all students. Orientation information will be sent to you after you are admitted and have paid your acceptance fee for the Ohio State ATI campus. During orientation, you will learn about Ohio State ATI resources, attend an academic planning and advising session, and schedule your classes.
  • If you are admitted for autumn semester: Your orientation invitation will be emailed to your Ohio State email account beginning May 1, after your acceptance fee is paid. Orientation programs are held June through early August.
  • If you are admitted for spring semester: Your orientation invitation will be emailed to your Ohio State email account beginning in mid-October (for spring semester admits), after you have paid your acceptance fee.
    • Before orientation, you will need to complete required placement testing. Math placement testing is available online. Required English placement testing is completed in person. Call (330) 287-1258 to schedule your English placement test.
  • Note: before you can register for Orientation, you will will need to register for the BuckeyePass service which is powered by Duo Security. For more information visit https://buckeyepass.osu.edu. 

apply for campus housing

  • First-year students at Ohio State ATI who live more than 25 miles from campus are required to live on campus in our Applewood Village Apartments. Learn more about campus housing here (http://go.osu.edu/regional-housing).
  • Submit Your Housing Application: Watch your Ohio State email account for an email with a link to the online housing application. A housing application fee and deposit are required for your housing application to be processed. Housing contracts are processed in the order in which the housing deposits are received. 
    • Note: before you can access the housing contract, you will will need to register for the BuckeyePass service which is powered by Duo Security. For more information visit https://buckeyepass.osu.edu.

      Students admitted for autumn semester: Housing information for autumn semester will be emailed to your Ohio State email account starting in mid-March, based on the date of your admission.

      Students admitted for spring semester: Housing information will be emailed to you after you have been admitted but no sooner than two months before the start of the desired term.

receive your financial aid notification

Consider Program Excel and Complete the Eligibility Form

Submit Your Final High School Transcript and any University Transcripts

  • If you have completed courses that would not appear on the transcript your high school and/or college(s) already sent to Ohio State, request that a final transcript be sent to Ohio State as soon as your grades have posted. 
  • Learn more about how and where to send your transcripts here (https://ati.osu.edu/futurestudents/future-freshmen/applying-ati).

welcome, new buckeye!

  • Watch your Ohio State email for information about Move-In and Welcome Days (prior to Autumn semester)!