Orientation is an exciting time! You will...
- Attend your first academic meeting.
- Experience life as a student.
- Schedule classes (with help from our staff).
- Plan your degree (we'll look at the big picture).
Look over the following information to prepare for orientation:
An Ohio State Degree
Our college offers four degrees: B.S. in Agriculture, B.S. in Construction Systems Management, B.S. in Food Science, and B.S. in Nutrition. Depending on the degree, a significant portion of hours are drawn from a wide range of General Education Curriculum (GEC) credits. In order to earn a degree from The Ohio State University, students complete coursework from five areas:
- Major requirements
- Minor requirements in the case of the B.S. in Agriculture
- College requirements
- University requirements
During orientation, you will receive the following materials to help you schedule classes:
- Registration Worksheet—Use this to make your course selections. After the Day 1 scheduling session is complete, an advisor will take this worksheet back to the office for entry into the university computer system. You will receive a final copy of your schedule during the Day 2 academic session.
- Course Offerings Bulletin—A list of all of undergraduate courses offered at Ohio State in one year. Included are brief course descriptions, information on credit hours, and prerequisites. Preview a copy here.
Making course decisions can be overwhelming. That's why staff members from our college and the university will be available during this session to help with your academic scheduling. Look for:
- Dr. Jill A. Pfister, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
- Paul A. Heimberger, College Academic Counselor
Our goal is to make the scheduling process as easy as possible.
Tips for a successful scheduling session:
- Review key course descriptions and make preliminary choices before the session. You'll be outlining the classes you want to take for the semester you are enrolling.
- Expand your academic horizons. Be curious! Take a course that stretches your knowledge base. Consider something you haven't experienced but are open to learning more about.
- Be flexible. If you limit your time options, you will limit your course options.
- Do not make assumptions about a course based on the name of the department. Read the course descriptions available and consult an advisor during orientation.
- Have back-up courses that interest you. Come to orientation prepared with at least four choices in case there is a time-conflict with some of your selections.
After the session...
- Complete the final draft of your schedule.
- Answer a few questions about the pre-orientation materials.
- Give your schedule to one of our academic advisors (they'll enter the info).
- Grab dinner and attend evening activities.
- Look forward to receiving a print off your final schedule on day two. (Revisions can also be made in a one-on-one advising session.)
Courses Taken at Other Colleges/Universities
If you took college level courses while in high school or at another college or university, it is your responsibility to submit official transcripts immediately after the completion of the course(s). You must request the institution to send the official transcript to Ohio State (see address below).
Ohio State's Transfer Credit Center will then evaluate the credit and inform you of the results. If you need to have any course(s) further evaluated, this should be done before you come to orientation (especially math). This process is explained when you receive your transfer credit evaluation. If you have not received a Transfer Credit Evaluation by the time you are ready to attend orientation please bring with you at least a list of courses taken, credit hours, and grades so that you can provide complete information to those assisting you at orientation.
*Send transcripts to:
The Ohio State University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
You can also submit transcripts at your advising session day one to Dr. Jill Pfister or Paul A. Heimberger.
A college mindset...
One of the biggest shifts from high school to college is the ratio of class time to homework/study time. In college, you are expected to spend the majority of the time mastering course material outside the classroom. A general rule of thumb: To earn a C in a class you must spend at least two hours of study time outside of class for every hour you are in class. For example:
|Class Credit Hours||Hours in Class||Hours of study time per week|
|Class 1||1 credit hour||1||1 x 2 = 2|
|Class 2||3 credit hours||3||3 x 2 = 6|
|Class 3||3 credit hours||3||3 x 2 = 6|
|Class 4||4 credit hours||4||4 x 2 = 8|
|Class 5||4 credit hours||4||4 x 2= 8|
The time commitment per week for this example is 15 hours in class and 30 hours outside the classroom. That adds up to 45 hours, which is equivalent to a full-time job. Remember, this calculation is merely to earn a C. Higher grades will require a more extensive time commitment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do I have to take a math course my first semester? All majors at Ohio State will require the completion of a level of math. Each major will require a different level of math. We ask that you enroll in math your first semester so that you keep your options open. It is easier to complete math right after high school than wait a year and pick it back up again.The less you use math, the tougher it is to retain. If you have a major, or majors, in mind, please let an advisor know and we will direct you to the most appropriate math course.
- Why can't I take English my first semester? Each autumn, there are more than 6,000 students entering the university. In order to provide the highest quality instruction and to ensure availability, not every college and major takes English their first semester. CFAES students (along with Business and many other colleges) take English in the spring. Other colleges, such as Engineering and all the health professions majors, take English in the spring.
- Should I take a foreign language my first semester? Not every major at Ohio State requires a foreign language. CFAES does not require foreign language. All of the majors in the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences (Art, Biological Sciences, Math and Physical Sciences, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences) and international business in the College of Business will require a foreign language through level 1103. In order to keep your options open we feel that if you placed in level 1102 or higher, and want to continue that language, we recommend you consider taking the language if available. You don't want a big gap between your years of foreign language and it may be easier to complete the language right after high school. If you take a foreign language, you keep all your options open. If you choose a major that does not require a foreign language, that foreign language will count towards your degree as elective course work.
- If I want to take a foreign language, do I have to take the same one I took in high school? No. There are over 30 different languages available at Ohio State (including sign language). You are welcome to take any language in which you are interested.
- What is this CFAES Survey class (FAES 1100)? Every student at Ohio State enrolls in survey their first semester. Each college will have their own version of survey. This class is designed to introduce you to the university and its policies and procedures, as well as to your college and major. For CFAES students, this course is taught by staff in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with the assistance of freshmen Faculty Advisers.
- Do I have to take survey class my first semester? Yes. All students must take survey their first semester.
- Is survey class a "blow-off" class? No. Survey class will help you select your major and minor and get acclimated to the university through different assignments. Attendance is mandatory and the class is graded A through E, and thus affects your GPA.
- What's an easy class to take? The degree of difficulty of a class is a very personal thing. A class that is easy for you may not be easy for someone else. We discourage you from building your schedule based simply on the perceived difficulty of your classes. To the extent we can, we try to schedule you in a major course and/or courses offered by faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
To learn more about orientation, visit Ohio State's orientation site.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
College Academic Counselor