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New Student Checklist

As a newly admitted graduate student, there’s a lot to do. Here’s a list of the most important things to do after you’re admitted. 

New Student Checklist

Activate Your Ohio State Email Account

Activate your OSU username at

More information about activating your account

More information about forwarding your email to a commercial service (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.)

All university correspondence is sent to your email address, and all email sent to faculty and staff should be sent from your email address.

Ohio State will never ask for your Ohio State username or password. Do not reply to any email asking for your Ohio State username, password, or other personal information. Report such messages to

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. 

  1. Buckeye Link → Student Center
  2. Under HOLDS, click DETAILS 
  3. Click REGISTRATION LOCK and follow the instructions

BuckID Student Identification Card

BuckID, Ohio State’s identification card can be obtained in person on the 3rd floor of the Ohio Union.

To get your BuckIDyou must bring a valid photo ID, such as driver’s license, passport, state ID, and you must be enrolled in classes for the current semester.

Your BuckID serves as your COTA bus pass and to access the Recreation & Physical Activity Center.

More Information

Pay Fees

University Bursar, Office of Financial Services 

All fees are due one week prior to the start of classes. Accounts not paid are assessed a late payment fee. You will not receive paper statements of account in the mail. You must check your statement of account online and meet all payment and registration deadlines. More information 

Online: Buckeye Link → My Student Center → Finances tab → Make a Payment 

In person: Office of the University Bursar, 2nd Floor, SAS Building, 281 West Lane Avenue 

By mail: University Bursar, The Ohio State University, PO Box 183248, Columbus, OH 43218-3248

All students are assessed the student activity, student union facility, and COTA bus fees each semester. The recreation (RPAC) fee is assessed each semester or term for all students enrolled for 4 or more credit hours. Fee authorizations cover instructional and general fees only.

Regularly admitted graduate students registered at least half time are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. If you choose to waive your student health insurance, you must provide proof of alternate coverage to Student Health Insurance (SHI). Student Health Insurance

Students admitted to a degree program on the Columbus campus are assessed a student legal services fee. You may waive this fee but cannot re-enroll later in the participation year if a legal issue arises. Student Legal Services 

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