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Section 3.2 of the Graduate School Handbook

Registration Process. Once registration information is received, students consult their advisor or, if an advisor has not been assigned, their Graduate Studies Committee chair, about course selection. Students may use their Ohio State e-mail account information during the appointed window of time to use the online registration system and to view their approved schedule and Statement of Account on their Student Center (via Buckeye Link). The online registration system is available for registration through the first Friday of classes for course additions. Students who register through this means may obtain a fee statement from their Student Center (via Buckeye Link). Students may access online registration to drop courses through the fourth Friday of the semester.

New Students. Registration information is available from the Registrar. Students admitted immediately before the semester or summer term begins can obtain registration information at the Graduate School.

International Students. New international students initiate registration by reporting to the Office of International Affairs before visiting the Graduate School.

Former Students. Former students returning after an absence of one or more semesters can obtain registration information from the Graduate School. Students who have not been enrolled in the Graduate School for a year or more should contact their Graduate Studies Committee about any reenrollment rules.

Deactivation. Enrollment eligibility for a master’s degree student or a pre-candidacy doctoral student who has not registered in the Graduate School within the preceding two full calendar years will be automatically deactivated. To reenroll, the student must petition the Graduate Studies Committee for reactivation. If the petition is approved, the Graduate Studies Committee notifies the Graduate School, which then reactivates the enrollment eligibility.

Continuing Students. Continuing students will be e-mailed notification of their registration prior to the intended semester or summer term of enrollment. Students may view the Schedule of Classes online. All continuing students must access online registration.

Early Autumn Registration. Students may participate in Early Autumn Semester Registration. Registration information for those registered spring semester will be e-mailed to students. Those not registered spring semester may request registration information from the Graduate School.

Course Enrollment Permission. Certain courses and certain enrollment designations (e.g., Audit and Undergraduate option) require submission of a completed Course Enrollment Permission in the Graduate School by the fourth Friday of the semester of registration. Forms are available on the Registrar’s website.

Late Registration Penalty. Students registering after published semester or summer term registration deadlines will incur substantial late registration penalties. Deadlines are published online on the Registrar’s website.

Fee Payment. Students may pay fees online, by mail or in person at the Office of the University Bursar. Students with a fee authorization will receive credit for their fees on their Statement of Account. Students who do not intend to enroll may contact the Graduate School.

Late Fee Payment Penalty. Students paying fees after the fee payment deadline are assessed a late fee payment penalty. The university reserves the right to refuse or cancel registration if fees are not paid by the second Friday of the semester or summer term. The Registrar’s website contains information on deadlines, penalty fee rates, and refund schedules.