The Ohio State University at Marion


Spring Semester Orientation


When is Orientation?

Students starting at Ohio State Marion in spring semester will attend Orientation on Tuesday, December 13th. You must register for Orientation through the online registration system. Once you access the registration site, you'll be prompted to choose your intended major from a drop down menu. Please choose carefully. Information you receive at Orientation will correspond to the major you choose through the online Orientation registration.

What happens at Orientation?

The following schedule is an approximate schedule and is subject to change:

What do I need to do before I come to Orientation?

The following are several things you should complete ahead of time to make your Orientation day less stressful and more productive:

  1. Activate your OSU username. This is your e-mail account and you need to have it activated before you can take your Math Placement Test online. visit the following website to activate your username: https://my.osu.edu

  2. Prepare for the Math placement test. You will have access to a list of test topics and sample problems at this site: http://math.osu.edu/undergrad/future-students/incoming/placement-test

  3. Take your Math Placement Test online. After reading the Orientation packet, activating your username and viewing the site identified above, visit the following website to take the Math Placement Test: https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math If you are unable to take the math placement test online for any reason, or, if you take the online test and receive a score of "U", you must take the test in person on the Marion campus by appointment. To schedule a test in Marion, contact Amy Erickson at 740-725-6107. If taking the math test in person, bring a #2 pencil and a calculator (graphing calculators are permitted). If you have not taken the math test by your Orientation day, you will not be able to schedule a math class during Orientation. Your schedule can be adjusted after you take the math test.
  4. Talk with your parents/guardians/spouse about your health insurance coverage. During Orientation, you must indicate whether or not you want OSU health insurance. Information on the OSU health insurance plan can be found at: http://shi.osu.edu.

  5. If you are a male, be sure that you have registered with Selective Service. Bring your Selective Service number with you on Orientation day to avoid being charged non-resident fees. To register or to access your number, visit: http://www.sss.gov.

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

Bring the following items to Orientation:

  • A photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport), required to get your Buck ID card
  • A transcript of any college work (non-OSU) in case an official college transcript has not arrived
  • Warm clothes. Some rooms may be chilly and you will be walking from building to building across campus.
  • An umbrella in case of rain
  • A list of questions that you need to have answered while on campus

Do I have to come to Orientation?

Yes, all students are required to attend an Orientation session.

How do I get to The Ohio State University at Marion for Orientation?

Directions to campus - Once on campus, follow the green campus signs to parking lots 1, 2, or 3. After you have parked, check in at Maynard Hall. If you have a disability placard, you may park in designated spaces in the Maynard Hall lot.

Can I bring parents or other guests?

Yes, you are encouraged to bring your parents or other adult guests with you on Orientation day. We have special programming planned for your guests.

Do I have to stay for the entire day?

Yes, Orientation begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Students need to participate in the entire Orientation program.

Can I retake the Math Placement Test?

No, you may only take the Math Placement Test one time. You may take a proficiency exam for the course of your initial placement. These exams are similar to a final exam and a score of 80% or higher is needed to move ahead. You may take an exam only once for any course. There is a $60 charge for exams in Math 1148 or above. The exams are given by appointment and are two hours long. Call (740)725-6107 for more information.

If you are unable to take the math placement test online for any reason, or, if you take the online test and receive a score of "U", you must take the test in person on the Marion campus by appointment. To schedule a test in Marion, contact Amy Erickson at 740-725-6107. If taking the math test in person, bring a #2 pencil and a calculator (graphing calculators are permitted). If you have not taken the math test by your Orientation day, you will not be able to schedule a math class during Orientation. Your schedule can be adjusted after you take the math test.

Will I take a Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) during Orientation?

No, the test will not be offered during Orientation. If you have two or more years of a foreign language during high school or are proficient in a foreign language, you may take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. The exam is on computer and is available on the Marion Campus and the testing office of the Columbus Campus. Please allow at least 45 minutes for the exam. In Marion, the test is given in Morrill Hall 287. You are encouraged to call ahead to verify availability of the testing room - (740)-725-6385. Be sure to indicate that you want to take the OSU Foreign Language Placement Test when you call.

What if I took AP courses in high school?

Please note that students who want to earn credit through the Advanced Placement Program must have their official score reports sent to sent to the Testing Center, score recipient code #1592. Contact APP at 1-888-225-5427 to designate Ohio State University as an official score recipient. If your AP scores are in Math or English and are not reported to Ohio State in time for your Orientation, take the placement exams as a back up. If your AP scores are high enough to give you course credit, they will take precedence.

Should I take an honors course?

Honors courses (marked with an "H" on the schedule of classes) are designed for students who are looking for a deeper experience in a particular area. Honors courses typically require more reading and writing, but less memorization. The H appears on your transcript and shows future employers that you are someone who goes the extra mile. Also, when you apply to professional and/or graduate schools this shows that you have a real academic commitment.

Students with ACT Composite scores of 27 or higher are encouraged to enroll in an honors course during their first semester. Applications to be in the Honors program will be available to you once you are on campus during your first semester.
You do not need to be part of the honors program to take honors classes.

How do I request disability services?

Students with disabilities can receive support services that include test-taking accommodations and adaptive technology. Disability documentation must be presented to ODS for determination of eligibility prior to your Orientation session. If arrangements are made in advance, ODS will help ascertain needs and arrange appropriate services during Orientation for students. We cannot guarantee that services will be available at orientation if arrangements are not made in advance of the program. Contact the Office for Disability Services for further information and to request services at (740)725-6247 or marionds@osu.edu.

How do I reserve an Orientation session?

You will register for Orientation through your Ohio State Applicant Center or Student Center. After you receive your acceptance letter from Ohio State, you can expect to receive an Orientation packet. Watch your mail closely—you don’t want to miss this information. A PDF version of this information is available here (Orientation Booklet): http://osumarion.osu.edu/future-students/orientation.html

In order to reserve an Orientation day, you will need to activate your OSU username. This will also be your OSU email account. Visit the following website to activate your email account: https://my.osu.edu

Once you have read the Orientation guide, activated your user name, and read through the information on this webpage, you may register for your Orientation date.

We look forward to meeting you at your Orientation program on Tuesday, December 13th!