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Accept/Decline Admission
The notice of admission came too late to return to OSU on time. Is my admission cancelled?
Applicants should confirm their plans to accept the admission offer with the program if they know they will miss the deadline.

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How do I contact the Housing Office?
Housing information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residence Life and Dining Halls at:

University Housing
350 Morrill Tower
1910 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210-1230
Tel (614) 292-8266

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Do the Professional Programs offer an orientation for professional students?
The Professional Programs generally offer an orientation a couple of days before fall classes begin. At this time, students are familiarized with their program and given an overview of the college policies, informed about the various campus-wide resources, meet faculty, and obtain student identification.
A packet of information is sent to new students during the summer. This packet includes information on scheduling for fall and orientation.

Note: Pre-professional students should attend a university orientation session and will schedule classes during orientation.

How will I register for classes?
Only students who have accepted their admission may register. You will obtain information about registration from your program. However, for information about offered classes, you may check the Master Schedule, which you can find on the web at:

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How do I establish residency in the state of Ohio?
In order for you to qualify for in-state tuition rates, you need to establish Ohio residency. For information, check the Registrar’s website at:, contact the office by e-mail:, or call at (614) 292-0300.

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Transfer Credit
Does OSU give credit for the CLEP examination?
OSU will award credit for acceptable scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Credit is awarded for subject exams only. See General information about CLEP can be found at
To schedule a CLEP test at Ohio State, please call (614) 292-2241. To obtain more information or request an application, please contact:

Testing Center
585 Student Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, Ohio, 43210
Tel: (614) 292-2241

How is transfer credit awarded?
In general, transfer credit is awarded for non-technical, non-remedial courses in which a grade of C- or higher is earned. Some courses will be evaluated as direct OSU equivalents. Other courses cannot be fully evaluated until you arrive on campus and meet with designated faculty members in the appropriate programs. Students who have taken course work at other Ohio institutions may want to use, which offers course descriptions, equivalencies, and planning guides.

What is general credit?
General credit, designated as Gen, is awarded when a specific course equivalency is possible but cannot be readily determined. It may be desirable to have the general credit further evaluated by the designated department to determine a specific course equivalency. See3 for a list of Transfer Credit Evaluators by department. This action will help you avoid registering for courses that may duplicate previous coursework. For students who are admitted to Dental Hygiene, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Nursing a transfer credit evaluation is completed when the acceptance fee is received.

What is Special Credit?
Special credit, designated as Spl, means that OSU does not offer a course equivalent to the course you completed, but the course is recognized as being college level. Special credit may be used to fulfill degree requirements upon approval by your academic advisor in your college office. Special credit is usually used as elective hours.

What is Technical credit?
Technical credit, designated as Tech, is awarded for technical coursework that is acceptable as undergraduate credit at OSU. Like general and special credit, technical credit counts toward overall earned hours, but application of such credit toward degree programs is determined by your academic advisor in your college office. Technical credit is rarely awarded by the International Admissions Office during an initial transfer credit evaluation; it is usually the result of having deferred credit further evaluated by an academic department.

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