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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). 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 autumn or spring 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.
Distance Learning Students. Students enrolled in online programs (i.e. those programs that are 100% distance with no scheduled in-classroom or on-site activities) should register per the guidelines specified by their program. Students enrolled in online programs should also contact their program and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning to confirm the university resources available to them.
Continuing Students. Continuing students will be e-mailed notification of their registration prior to the intended autumn or spring semester or summer term of enrollment. Students may view the Schedule of Classes online. All continuing students must access online registration.
Former Students. Former students returning after an absence of one or more semesters can obtain registration information from the Graduate School. Students wishing to reactivate their enrollment status should discuss reactivation with their specific graduate program. Those who have been absent from their graduate program without an approved leave of absence may require Graduate Studies Committee (and other program permission, if applicable) approval. Students who have been absent for two years or more require Graduate Studies Committee (and other program permission, if applicable) approval before reactivation. Visit section 7.7.9 for more information.
Early Autumn Registration. Students may participate in Early Autumn Semester Registration. Registration information for those registered in spring semester will be e-mailed to students. Those not registered in 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 to the Graduate School by the second Friday of the semester of registration to add a course, and by the fourth Friday of the semester of registration to elect an audit option for a course in which the student is currently enrolled. Forms are available on the Registrar’s website.
Late Registration Penalty. Students registering after published autumn or spring semester or summer term registration deadlines will incur substantial late registration penalties with the Office of the Registrar. Deadlines are published online on the Registrar’s website.
Fee Payment. Fees are assessed based on the number of credit hours and the types of courses in which a student enrolls. The Registrar’s website houses an updated fee table. 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 by the Office of the Bursar. The university reserves the right to refuse or cancel registration if fees are not paid by the second Friday of the autumn or spring semester or summer term. The Registrar’s website contains information on deadlines, penalty fee rates, and refund schedules.