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Admitted Freshman

Admitted Freshman Next Steps

To join the Bobcat family, admitted freshmen have important next steps to take. You can read about each step below and download the calendar to prepare for a successful start this fall. Please check out our virtual visit opportunities to talk with advisors, faculty, and students. You can ask questions online, receive a phone call or text, or participate in an online event.


Next Steps When
Activate your OHIO ID Upon applying
Fund your education/file FAFSA Beginning October 1
Confirm your intent to enroll/submit housing contract and deposit January 8–May 1
Send any additional test scores for scholarship consideration By January 15
Review financial aid offer Beginning mid-February
Apply online to join a learning community February 1–May 17
Sign up for Bobcat Student Orientation  Beginning February 1
Select a roommate if you wish By May 18
Choose a room during general room selection May 18–May 22
Transfer your credits Before orientation
Attend Bobcat Student Orientation June-August
Review student expectations and academic calendar After orientation
Enable OHIO online services After orientation
Request final transcript be sent to OHIO By June 30
Complete online alcohol and sexual assault education courses July 13–August 24
Pay fall semester account balance By August 21
Move in August 17-21
Learn about health services By August 24
Start fall semester classes August 24

Activate Your OHIO ID

After Applying

To get started, it is essential that you activate your OHIO ID. You need your OHIO ID to access your OHIO e-mail and the housing contract. Your birth date and your personal identification (PID) number (provided in your application acknowledgment letter) are all you need to officially activate your online OHIO access, including e-mail.

Make sure you check your OHIO e-mail regularly. All official correspondence will be sent to your Ohio University e-mail account.

Activate your OHIO ID

Forgot your password?

Learn about your Catmail e-mail account

Fund Your Education

Beginning October 1

Ohio University is committed to an affordable college education. We are dedicated to helping our students find the financial support they need to discover their promise at OHIO. During the 2018-2019 academic year, our students earned more than $38 million in scholarships, and nearly $31 million in institutional, state, and federal need-based gift aid was awarded.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as your application for all types of financial assistance at Ohio University. The FAFSA results must be received by Ohio University no later than January 15 for first-priority consideration for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Your application for admission serves as your merit-based scholarship application. For scholarship consideration, freshmen should submit a completed admission application by the Early Action deadline of November 15. OHIO may continue to award using updated credentials on an individual basis throughout the year.

In the My OHIO Student Center, you can view account details, account balance, and payment options. You can also designate authorized users to enable other individuals to view your account details and make payments.

Learn about filing the FAFSA

Financial aid and scholarships

Payment and billing info

Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

January 8-May 1

For first-year students admitted to the Athens campus, submission of the housing contract and $200 refundable deposit or commuter application is the way you accept your admission and any scholarships you've been offered and confirms your intent to enroll at OHIO. Freshman or transfer students with fewer than four semesters or six quarters in the residence halls after high school graduation are required to live on campus and participate in the associated meal plan. (See link to exemptions below.) For other students, submission of the final transcript confirms their intent to enroll. Students who are not required to live on campus may still apply for housing. There is no deadline to accept your Ohio University admission.

Our beautiful, historic, residential campus provides an environment where students of diverse backgrounds live and learn together, build friendships, and share their ideas and perspectives. About 8,000 students live in our 41 residence halls and dine in our award-winning campus eateries. Housing and Residence Life provides all the comforts you expect, along with creative programs to enhance the academic, social, cultural, recreational, and service aspects of your life.

Students do not need to know where they would like to live on campus to complete a housing contract. After completing the contract and selecting a meal plan, students will receive pertinent information about housing selection. The My College Roomie roommate matching service is available starting December 1. Students who know with whom they want to live may also select a roommate through Housing Self-Service by May 18. The general first-year room selection process will take place May 18–22. (Selection will take place May 13-14 for students who will be participating in a Residential Living Experience, i.e. Fine Arts Residential Learning Community, Substance Free, Women’s Leadership, Bobcats of Tomorrow, and Honors Halls.) Students whose housing contracts are received after May 1 will be assigned a room by Housing and Residence Life. A limited room change process will occur May 27-August 1. Students will be assigned a move-in date and time, but may change it through Housing Self-Service. Students must arrive at their scheduled date and time. Keys will not be available for students who arrive outside of their scheduled time.

Submit your housing contract or commuter application

Get details on housing

Get details on dining

View housing exemption information

Explore Learning Communities

Beginning February 1

A learning community (LC) is a group of Athens campus students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience built around their academic studies. For some academic programs at OHIO, LC participation is required. More than 200 learning community options are available each year, with more than 90 percent of new students participating in them. LCs are only offered for students arriving in the fall.

LCs may be college-based, designed around student interests, or structured to serve a particular group of students. With your community members, LC leader, LC instructor, and faculty who teach your linked courses, you will make connections throughout the University. Each of these unique relationships can contribute to an academically rich, fun, and rewarding experience and your ultimate success at OHIO.

Apply online to join a learning community February 1-May 17 or in person at Bobcat Student Orientation.

Learn about freshman Learning Communities 

Sign Up for Orientation

Beginning February 1

Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) connects you with the people and resources you'll need to transition into OHIO with confidence. During this required online event, faculty, staff, and orientation leaders will teach you about the curriculum and the requirements for your major.

Orientation sessions are conducted June-August, but not all program dates are open to all majors. When signing up, you will only see the dates with spaces available for your current major. A one-day orientation program for first-year students who were unable to attend previous sessions will be held in August.

Please review the Preparing for Your Orientation page to ensure you are fully prepared to participate in the online program. Placement tests are critical, so be sure you’ve taken all necessary placement tests before your scheduled BSO program. You should also review the Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 (coming soon!) to learn about available courses. Bobcat Student Orientation includes registering for courses.

You will learn how to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to you as part of the OHIO community. Optional sessions for families and guests ensure the entire family will be informed about University academic programs and opportunities, policies, facilities, and services.

Freshmen who have confirmed their intent to enroll will receive BSO registration information in the mail.

Sign up for Bobcat Student Orientation

Transfer Your Credits

Before Orientation

Generally, college-level courses completed with a C- or better from a regionally accredited institution as part of College Credit Plus or dual enrollment programs through a high school are transferable to OHIO. Test credit (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program) is also generally accepted, provided you earn the necessary score. To transfer your credit, you must have an official college transcript or score report sent from the college or testing agency directly to Undergraduate Admissions.

Learn more about transfer credit

Prepare to Join OHIO

Beginning in May

Now you are ready to complete the rest of the tasks required to ensure a smooth transition to your first day at Ohio University. This includes reviewing the course catalog, enabling your online services, learning about student health services and insurance, taking online alcohol and sexual assault education courses, and planning for transportation to campus.

Get details on steps prior to beginning classes

Review Arrival Guide