As an international student coming to Ohio University, there are many logistics you need to organize including visas, immigration documents, and more. Read about what your next steps are.
Newly Admitted Graduate Students
Congratulations on your admission to Ohio University! You have taken the first step to joining this historic and vibrant academic community. The information on this page is a guide to beginning your journey as an OHIO graduate student.
As a new student, you need to do a few important things before starting classes:
Activate your OHIO ID
A student OHIO ID is ordinarily the initials of your first and last names plus six digits and "@ohio.edu."
If you have not yet done so, activate your OHIO ID and create a password. You will need your personal identification number (PID) and birth date to complete this activation. Record this PID where you can locate it easily in the future, as you will be asked to provide it when interacting with university offices or departments.
Log in to your ohio.edu email account
Visit catmail.ohio.edu to access your Ohio University email account and set it up. Your login and password will be your primary login for all Ohio University online services.
Log in to your MyOHIO Portal
After activating your OHIO ID, access your MyOHIO Portal by following the steps listed below.
- Go to the MyOHIO Portal at https://my.ohio.edu and sign in (found in the top right corner; image below) using your activated OHIO ID (i.e., email@example.com) and password.
- Accessing MyOHIO Student Center
- On the MyOHIO Academics tab, click on the MyOHIO Student Center link.
- You will see a second log in page for OHIO University PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. Log in again using your OHIO ID and password.
- If you receive an error message that begins with “You are not authorized for this page…” try a different web browser.
- Your MyOHIO Student Center has a To Do list that includes items that require your attention. Click on Details, and in the next window, click on the item to read additional information about that item.
- To Do List: If there are documents required to complete your admission file, please upload them, or submit official transcripts to 1 Ohio University, Grosvenor Hall 102, Athens, OH 45701. If you are requesting an electronic transcript, select "Ohio University" from the list of available institutions or if you need to provide an email address, submit firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Note: Conditional Admission status is not a Registration Hold. Refer to your admission letter to learn about your conditional admission status.
If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Ohio University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) Service Desk at 740.593.1222.
More Information About MyOHIO Student Center
|Holds and To Do List||Click on the item on the list for details about the hold or to do item, including which office placed it and what must be done to clear it. Some holds prevent registration until the hold is removed. The Hold item "Conditional/Provisional Admission" does not block registration.|
Upon an offer of admission, all students are required to provide an official transcript from each institution where the student has earned a bachelor's degree and any post-bachelor's degree. The transcript must show the degree and date it was earned.
Once the degree has been conferred, you must submit an official transcript showing the degree and date earned. The final transcript must be submitted to the Graduate College prior to the end of your first term of enrollment. You are not permitted to enroll for a second term until the final/official transcript has been received.
|Advisor||Advisors are assigned by the academic department after an admission offer is made. If no advisor is listed, refer academic and registration questions to the graduate director in your academic department.|
Accept Your Admission Offer
Accept your admission offer on your MyOHIO Student Center:
- Log in to my.ohio.edu using your OHIO ID and password.
- Click on the “My OHIO Student Center” link on the My Applications tab.
- You will be presented with a second login page for OHIO University PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. Log in again using your OHIO ID and password. This will take you to your Student Center. You can also use this process to decline an offer of admission.
Note: If you have been offered fall admission with departmental funding, you do not need to accept that offer prior to April 15. However, if you have decided not to attend Ohio University, please notify the department as soon as possible so that they can offer that funding to another applicant.
If you do not see an option to Accept or Decline: This does not mean that an admission offer has been rescinded – only that your application record has been updated to registration-ready status. You can confirm this by looking at the Applicant Progression detail on your Admissions tab.
Complete the New Graduate Student Orientation
Be sure to complete the New Graduate Student Orientation and check with your department for any departmental orientations.
Make sure you have health insurance
You cannot take courses at Ohio University without having health insurance. (International students are required to use the OHIO student health insurance plan.)
All students enrolled in Athens campus credit hours are required to maintain an active health insurance policy. Students with qualifying outside plans may apply to waive Ohio University Health Insurance.
International students: Please refer to the Student Health Insurance website regarding health insurance policies and guidelines.
Submit your official transcripts
You must submit your official transcripts in order to be fully enrolled at Ohio University. An official transcript must meet certain criteria.
International Students – Next Steps
Admitted Students: Request a Change in Starting Term
Admitted students who need to change their starting term can request a change in their starting term by contacting their academic program.
Please note, applicants who have been denied admission may reapply. We recommend you review and revise your materials before submission.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees are based on the number of credit hours of enrollment, Ohio residency, and program. And don't forget, many of our graduate students have Graduate Assistantships/Appointments that provide them with funding.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
All admitted students are notified in their admission letter about their status as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes. If you believe you are incorrectly classified, contact the Graduate College for assistance. Petitions to change from non-resident status must be initiated before the start of the term in which you are seeking the change.
Getting to Athens – Airports
- John Glenn Columbus International Airport – CMH (81 miles from Athens)
- Dayton International Airport – DAY (120 miles from Athens)
- Cincinnati Airport – CVG (139 miles from Athens)
About the Athens Area