New Student To-Do List

New Student To-Do List (PDF)


1. Open your Ohio State email account

All university information, including grades, fee statements, confirmed class schedules, and other important information, is communicated through email or through a secure website.

  • New students must be admitted to the university before they can activate their accounts.
  • Returning students can reactivate their email account 24-48 hours after reactivating their enrollment eligibility.
  • Your E-mail address is also your username and is used to access student information online. 
  • All university correspondence is sent to your e-mail address.
  • NOTE: The Ohio State University will NEVER ask for your OSU internet username or password. If you receive such a message, please report it to NEVER reply to any e-mail asking for your OSU internet username or password or other personal details.
  • You can activate your e-mail account:
  • Online process: OSUID and date of birth required
  • In person: 072 Enarson Classrooms Building, 2009 Millikin Road, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
  • Phone: 614-688-HELP (4357)
2. Complete the Financial Responsibility Statement
  • You must complete the financial responsibility statement before you can register.
  • Your record is updated immediately after you complete the financial responsibility statement.
  • Online:
  • Under HOLDS, click DETAILS
3. Schedule Classes
  • You are responsible for knowing and observing registration and payment deadlines. Visit for deadlines.
  • If you are a provisionally admitted student, you must submit the final and official transcript(s) from the institution(s) where you completed your degree or required course work. Contact Graduate Admissions for more information.


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4. Obtain a BuckID Student Identification Card
  • In order to receive a BuckID, students must first be enrolled in classes for the current semester. Students will need to bring a valid photo ID such as a state ID, passport, or driver's license.
  • Your BuckID serves as your bus pass for COTA buses, and is used to access the Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC).
5. Pay Fees

Students do not receive paper statements of account in the mail. Student should check their statment of account online and observe all payment and registration deadlines.

  • All fees are due one week prior to the start of classes. Accounts not paid will receive a Late Payment Penalty. 
  • The recreation (RPAC) fee is assessed each semester or term for all students enrolled for 4 or more credit hours.
  • All students are assessed the student activity, student union facility, and COTA bus fees each semester.
  • If you are a regularly admitted graduate student registered at least half time, you are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. If you choose to waive your student health insurance, you must provide proof of alternate coverage. Visit for more information.
  • Students admitted to a degree program on the Columbus campus are assessed a student legal services fee. Students may waive this fee but cannot re-enroll later in the participation year if a legal issue arises. Visit Student Legal Services for more information.
  • Fee authorizations cover instructional and general fees only and not the above fees.
  • Students do not receive paper statements of account. Students should check their statement of account online and observe all payment and registration deadlines.
  • For an explanation of fees and tuition, go to Or, check tuition and fee costs
  • To pay fees:
  • Online: Go to Buckeye Link and log into My Student Center. Under the Finances tab, choose Make a Payment.
  • In person: Office of the University Bursar, 2nd Floor, SAS Building, 281 West Lane Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1132
  • To pay by mail: University Bursar, The Ohio State University, PO Box 183248, Columbus, OH 43218-3248
  • More information: University Treasurer, Office of Financial Services


For questions and assistance, contact Graduate School staff members in Registration Services at (614) 292-6031.