| You can get a head start on preparing for your arrival by completing the tasks below:
Activate Your Ohio State Email
It is very important that you activate your Ohio State email account as soon as possible and prior to your arrival.
If you know your Ohio State ID number and password you can activate your Ohio State Account (lastname.#) and Ohio State email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) at my.osu.edu. The password should have already been emailed to you by the admissions office. Your Ohio State ID Number can be found in the top portion of your official acceptance letter. Please read the Policy on Responsible Use of University Computing Resources then click on "Activate Now."
Once activated, you may check your email account by visiting buckeyemail.osu.edu and signing in to BuckeyeMail using your email@example.com (Windows Live ID) and password.
If you continue to have trouble activating your account, please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 614-688-4357.
Set up BuckeyePass
BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service provided by Ohio State, which is required when accessing your different Ohio State accounts. It helps protect your account even if your password is stolen. You must have BuckeyePass set up on a device that you will have with you during immigration check-in. You won't be able to complete the process without BuckeyePass. The easiest way to set up BuckeyePass is to download the Duo Mobile app on your mobile device. View instructions on how to set up BuckeyePass and download Duo Mobile.
Pay the Acceptance Fee
Once you have paid the nonrefundable acceptance fee, housing and ESL testing information are emailed to you. To pay your acceptance fee, follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement, which has been emailed to your BuckeyeMail.
Learn About the Academic Culture at Ohio State
As a new international student, you are about to embark on an exciting academic journey at The Ohio State University! We recommend you take time to read through the New International Students' Guide to Ohio State Academic Culture. This resource was designed by experts across the campus to prepare incoming students for success in the Ohio State classroom, and familiarize you with U.S. academic culture.