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Admitted Freshman - Next Steps
To our admitted students, congrats! Ready to Experience OHIO? What to do next:
To join the Bobcat family, admitted freshmen have important next steps to take. Just read all of the information about each of the steps to prepare for a successful start at OHIO. Please check out our in-person and virtual campus visit options to talk with advisors, faculty and students. You can also ask questions online, receive a phone call or text or participate in an online event.
Fall 2023 Dates
|Activate your OHIO ID||Upon applying|
|Complete Required Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review Form||Immediately Upon Request|
|Fund your education/file FAFSA||Beginning October 1|
|Confirm your intent to enroll||December-May 1|
|Begin searching for a roommate using the MyOHIORoomie roommate matching service||December-May 15|
|Send any additional test scores for scholarship consideration||By January 15|
|Review financial aid offer||Beginning mid-February|
|Sign up for Bobcat Student Orientation||February-June 30|
|Select a roommate if you wish||Beginning May 1|
|Choose a room during general room selection||May 22-26|
|Transfer your credits||Before orientation|
|Attend Bobcat Student Orientation||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–August|
|Pay fall semester account balance||August 21|
|Move in||August 24-25|
|Learn about health services||Late August|
|Start fall semester classes||August 28|
Review important dates and deadlines for admitted students entering OHIO in fall 2023.
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Activate Your OHIO ID
To get started, it is essential that you activate your OHIO ID. You need your OHIO ID to access your OHIO email. 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 email.
Make sure you check your OHIO email regularly. All official correspondence will be sent to your Ohio University email account. This account also is necessary for accessing the housing contract.
Complete Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review Form
Immediately Upon Request
This quick, simple form is required for all admitted students as part of our commitment to providing the safest possible learning environment at Ohio University. The Required Pre-enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review form is available in your MyOHIO Student Center and should be completed immediately. Disclosing a formal disciplinary action, charge or conviction does not automatically disqualify you from enrollment, but your disclosures will be reviewed. Based on your answers, we may contact you to request further information. The form must be completed, reviewed and cleared for enrollment before you can sign up for Bobcat Student Orientation or register for classes.
Learn about the Required Pre-Enrollment Discipline and Criminal History Review
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 2021-2022 academic year, our first-year students earned more than $21 million in scholarships, and 99 percent received financial aid.
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 received after January 15 on an individual basis.
In the MyOHIO 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.
Confirm Your Intent to Enroll
To retain any scholarships you have been offered and receive your invitation to Bobcat Student Orientation, you need to confirm your intent to enroll by:
- Submitting the housing contract and $200 refundable deposit
- OR Submitting the commuter contract
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. (Learn more in the housing section or review the housing exemption page.) 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.
Planning to be a Bobcat?
Here's how you let us know that you plan to enroll at Ohio University (and become a Bobcat for life!). Confirm your intent to enroll by submitting your housing contract and deposit.
Our beautiful, historic, residential campus in Athens, Ohio, provides an environment where students of diverse backgrounds live and learn together, build friendships and share their ideas and perspectives. About 6,000 students live in our 30+ residence halls and dine in our award-winning campus eateries.
We invite you to come see OHIO for yourself. Join us for OHIO Up Close, an exclusive campus visit opportunity for admitted students and their families, or register to attend one of our daily campus visit opportunities!
Housing Process Overview
Students do not need to know where they would like to live on campus to complete a housing contract. After completing the application and selecting a meal plan, students will receive pertinent information about housing selection.
- The MyOHIORoomie roommate matching service is available starting in early December.
- Students who know with whom they want to live may also select a roommate through Housing Self-Service beginning May 1.
- The general first-year room selection process will take place May 22-26. (Selection will take place mid-May for students interested in gender inclusive housing and for students who will be participating in an Experiential Living Opportunity, i.e. Fine Arts, Substance Free, Women’s Leadership and Honors Halls.) Visit the Housing and Residence Life room viewing page to check out each room style.
- 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 June 1-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.
Sign Up for Orientation
Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) connects you with the people and resources you'll need to transition into OHIO with confidence. Through this required one-and-a-half day event, faculty, staff and orientation leaders will teach you about the curriculum and the requirements for your major.
In-person and virtual orientation sessions are conducted during June, but not all program dates are open to all majors. If you are unable to find an available session for your major, contact the BSO office at 740.593.1951 or email@example.com. Staff will contact you within two days to find a program date that works for you and your family. Additional programs for first-year students who are unable to attend a session in June will be held in July and August. Please contact the BSO office to discuss options for attending one of those later dates.
Please note that interest in Ohio University continues to be high, and space is limited. All incoming students must sign up for BSO by our priority date of June 30 to secure a place in the entering class. After that date, housing or commuter contracts may be canceled for those who have not signed up to attend BSO, preventing fall 2023 enrollment.
Please review the Preparing for Your Orientation page to ensure you are fully prepared to participate in orientation. Placement tests are critical, so be sure you’ve taken all necessary placement tests before your scheduled BSO program. Bobcat Student Orientation includes registering for courses and freshman Learning Communities.
You will learn how to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to you as part of the OHIO community. Freshmen who have confirmed their intent to enroll will receive BSO registration information in the mail.
Transfer Your Credits
Generally, college-level courses completed with a D- 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.
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