Ohio University

New Student Checklist

Have you registered for Orientation, reviewed our Pre-Orientation checklist, and completed Your Next Steps? Here are some other getting-ready-for-college musts!

  • Select your room! This information can be found on the Housing and Residence Life website on the process and when it takes place.
  • Once you select your room, contact your roommate. A lot of roommates meet up before move-in day just to hang out to get to know each other.
  • Find your move-in time. Move-in days and times for the residence halls are coordinated by last names in order to regulate the flow of students. In addition to this, it may also be a good idea to communicate with your roommate when you plan on moving in so the process goes smoothly.
  • Select a meal plan. Pick a plan that is best for you. Dining services explains the different meal options on their website.
  • If interested, add Bobcat Cash.
  • Update immunizations online.
  • Make sure all address, cell phone number, and emergency contact information is up-to-date. Visit My OHIO Student Center, then click the Academics tab.
  • Review upcoming dates and deadlines from the official academic calendar available online.
  • Students can designate authorized users to view account balances and access online payment options on their My OHIO Student Center. Instructions for setting up authorized users.
  • View the student's financial account through the My OHIO Student Center.
  • Decide upon optional semester fees. Optional fees (i.e., student health insurance, student legal fees, WellBeing) can be waived by visiting My OHIO Student Center once the student is registered and the semester's tuition is assessed.
  • Review the Student Housing Handbook.
  • Plan to loft a bed? Review Housing and Residence Life's FAQs page for details about lofts.
  • All first-year Ohio University students, including transfers with fewer than 30 earned credit hours, are required to successfully complete AlcoholEdu/SexualAssaultEdu. Students will receive an email with this information.