Your campus-change checklist

Start the campus-change process

Confirm you're eligible

You can change to the Columbus campus with a minimum of 30 earned hours (earned after high school graduation) and at least a 2.0 cumulative Ohio State GPA. This excludes credits earned from testing (e.g. advanced placement testing or Ohio State foreign language testing).

Request a campus change from your current campus

Select your campus to find the steps: Lima | Mansfield | Marion | Newark | ATI

Register for classes

As soon as your enrollment appointment opens, register for your classes in Buckeye Link. If you have questions, you can work with your advisor on the regional campus — but, overall, the process is very similar!

As the semester approaches, be sure to schedule an appointment with your new advisor and double check your schedule in the "For You" tab in the Ohio State app. We also recommend downloading the Carmen Canvas app to keep track of your assignments.

Arrange housing

Depending on your high school graduation year, you might be required to live on campus. Learn more about on-campus housing or the process to file a campus housing exemption.

If you're planning to live off-campus, check out our off-campus housing network to find convenient, recommended spots — and we also have resources to help you find a roommate if needed!

Confirm your financial aid

Once your Statement of Account is available, log in to Buckeye Link to view it. (Need help reading it?)

Confirm that the listed tuition and fees are for the right campus. If needed, you can enroll in our Tuition Option Payment Plan to pay in installments over the course of the semester.

Plan your transit

If you'll be driving to campus, use the parking permit comparison tool to find and then purchase the appropriate permit. Note: West campus is the only place you can keep your car overnight on weekdays!

You'll also want to get familiar with our Campus Area Bus Service route so you can easily navigate campus once you get here.

Find ways to get involved

The Columbus campus has so many ways to get involved and find your community. Before classes each semester, you can attend the Student Involvement Fair to wander through booths of our many student orgs — plus you can schedule a Get Involved consultation to help narrow down your options even further.

And if you're looking for fun events on campus and around Columbus, check out the Ohio Union Activities Board for a calendar of all our upcoming opportunities!