Ohio University

Admitted Freshman

Admitted Freshman Next Steps

To join the Bobcat family, admitted freshman have important next steps to take. First, read all of the information about each of the steps to prepare for a successful start this fall. Then, print the checklist below and check off steps as you complete them by the due dates.

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 4-May 1
Send additional test scores for scholarship consideration By January 15
Review financial aid award letter February
Explore Learning Communities February 1-May 1
My College Roomie roommate matching service available March-May 2
Register for Bobcat Student Orientation Beginning April 1
Pay $200 housing deposit or complete housing exemption form By May 1
Select a roommate if you wish By May 7
Choose a room in general room selection process May 13-17
Check to-do list in My OHIO portal and complete any requirements Late May
Review Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 Before orientation
Understand your math placement level and options Beginning May 1
Attend Bobcat Student Orientation During June
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 15-August 26
Pay fall semester account balance By August 21
Move in August 22-23
Learn about health services and complete health history form August 26
Start fall semester classes August 26

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 acknowledgement 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 2017-2018 academic year, our students earned more than $36 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 need-based 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. For freshmen who submit a completed admission application by the Early Action deadline of December 1, your application for admission serves as your merit-based scholarship application.

You can view your account in the My OHIO Student Center, which provides 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. OHIO may continue to award using updated credentials on an individual basis throughout the year.

Learn about filing the FAFSA

Financial aid and scholarships

Payment and billing info

Confirm Your Intent to Enroll

January 4-May 1

For students required to live on campus, submission of the housing contract and deposit confirms your intent to enroll at OHIO. Freshman and 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 exemptions below.) Students who are not required to live on campus may still apply for housing.

For other students, submission of the final transcript confirms your intent to enroll. 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 March-May 2. Students who know with whom they want to live may also select a roommate through Housing Self-Service by May 6. The general first-year room selection process will take place May 13-17. (Selection will take place May 9-10 for students who will be participating in a Residential Living Experience, i.e. Fine Arts Residential Learning Community, Communications Residential Learning Community, Army ROTC, Arts & Sciences Scholars Program, and Scholarship Halls.) A limited room change process will occur May 22-August 1.

Submit your housing contract or exemption to confirm your enrollment

Get details on housing

Get details on dining

View housing exemption information

Explore Learning Communities

February 1-May 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 about 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.

Learn about freshman LCs and enroll

Register for Orientation

Beginning April 1

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

Orientation for first-year students is available during June.

Before orientation, you should review the Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 to learn about available courses. Bobcat Student Orientation includes registering for courses.

You will have the opportunity to obtain your student ID card, tour the campus with your orientation leader, and take placement tests, if needed. (You can also take an online math placement test prior to BSO if you want to improve your math placement level.)

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 in late February.

Register for orientation

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