To join the Bobcat family, admitted transfer students 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.
|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 5-May 1|
|Review preliminary transfer credit evaluation||10 days after admission|
|Explore Learning Communities||February 1-June 17|
|My College Roomie roommate matching service available||March-May 2|
|Pay $200 housing deposit for early room selection||By March 2|
|Register for Bobcat Student Orientation||Beginning March 5|
|Choose a room during early room selection (if applicable)||March 26-30|
|Review financial aid award letter||Beginning in April|
|Pay $200 housing deposit for room selection in May||By May 1|
|Select a roommate if you wish||By May 7|
|Choose a room during general room selection||May 14-18|
|Check to-do list in My OHIO portal and complete any requirements||Late May|
|Review Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 (coming soon!)||Before orientation|
|Understand your math placement level and options||Beginning May 1|
|Attend Bobcat Student Orientation||June 14-15 or June 18-19|
|Review merit scholarship letter||Beginning mid-June (if applicable)|
|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 16-August 27|
|Pay fall semester account balance||August 21|
|Move in||Aug. 23-24|
|Learn about health services and complete health history form||August 27|
|Start fall semester classes||August 27|
* Transfer students with fewer than 30 earned credit hours are required to complete this training.
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.
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 2016–2017 academic year, our students earned more than $34 million in scholarships, and nearly $30 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 May 15 for first-priority consideration for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid. For transfer students who are admitted for fall semester by May 15, 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.
For students required to live on campus, submission of the housing contract and deposit (or housing exemption application) confirms your intent to enroll at OHIO. 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 the link to 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 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 select a roommate through Housing Self-Service by May 7. Transfer students who are admitted and have completed a housing contract before March 2 may select a room March 26-30. Transfer students who are admitted and complete a housing contract by May 1 can participate in room selection May 14-18. Transfer students who complete a housing contract after May 1 will be placed in available spaces within second-year halls. A limited room change process will occur May 23-August 1.
Transfer students who have activated their OHIO ID can view a preliminary transfer credit evaluation in their online OHIO Student Center. The preliminary transfer credit evalution is available within 10 days after admission.
The guide Understanding Your Online Transfer Credit Evaluation Report explains how to interpret each part of the report. If you have questions about your report, you can review our FAQ.
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, such as transfer 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.
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. You must attend orientation even if you did so at your previous institution.
Orientation for first-year students is available June 14-15 and 18-19.
Before orientation, you should review the Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 (coming soon!) 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.
Transfer students who have confirmed their intent to enroll will receive BSO registration information in the mail in late February.
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, and planning for transportation to campus. Transfer students with fewer than 30 earned credit hours must complete the online alcohol and sexual assault education courses.