New students (includes freshman and new transfer
students) will register for their first semester
classes at their orientation sessions
Continuing students will receive an e-mail
from the Student Service Center (SSC) instructing them to
view their Student Center in Buckeye Link for their
appointment window time and date. Note that this e-mail does
not give students the actual time and date when scheduling
starts; students must retrieve this information
a. Internship and co-op students
Students who are registered for an internship or co-op and plan to return to campus to take classes need to register for Engineering 4689 through Engineering Career Services to keep their registration active the semester(s) they are away from campus. The phone number for Engineering Co-op and Internship Program (ECIP) is 614-292-5830 and they will add the course for you.
Returning students who did not register for current
semester classes (with the exception of summer
semester) will need to reactivate/update their
information prior to being able to register. Examples of
students who fall into this category may be returning from
active military duty, have taken time off to work or have been
taking classes at a different institution and are
returning to Ohio State. To reactivate, please contact an
academic advisor. If you have been absent from the university
for a while it is best to make an appointment with an academic
Students who have been away from the university six months or more also need to re-activate their Buckeye Mail e-mail account. Go to http://8help.osu.edu for reactivation assistance.
Prior to Registration, All Students Should:
Know your appointment window for registration and be
ready to schedule classes expediently. If you need to
make an appointment with your advisor, plan ahead. Do not wait
until it is time to register as advisor appointments may be
- Fill out the financial responsibility statement on Buckeye
Link. Instructions are online at http://ssc.osu.edu/pdf/student_view.pdf
Resolve all holds
on accounts. Make sure parking fines, library
fees and all other fees are taken care of. Students are
not able to add classes if there are any financial holds on
their account. See the FAQ for more
information on resolving holds.
Receive signatures from faculty if courses need
permission before they can be added.
Know the appropriate class number (listed in
parenthesis) and the credit hours for the course if the credit
hours are variable.
Know alternative courses that can be taken if
original courses are filled or not offered.
- Submit official transcripts if courses have been taken at other institutions so credit can be posted. Send official transcripts to the Transfer Credit Center. Posting transfer credit takes time. Send an unofficial grade report to your advisor to keep them updated on your progress.
How to Register for Classes Using Buckeye Link
- Visit the SIS Student Center Reference Guide for assistance.
- Students are responsible for registering themselves for their courses.
- Advisors can assist students in registering for ECE classes if there are questions with prerequisites. ECE advisors cannot over-ride prerequisites for classes from other departments.
- Computer science and business courses usually require special attention for registering. See the undergraduate FAQs for more information on adding computer science and business courses to your schedule.
- If the class section you want is filled, place yourself on
the waitlist and always attend the class.
- If you have completed the appropriate prerequisites for the
class and are unable to waitlist the course, contact your ECE
- Note that you can waitlist yourself for more than one section
of the same course.
- Waitlist yourself for only those sections you can actually
attend as the waitlist will not work if you have a time conflict
with another course.
- The waitlist only functions through the first Friday of the
semester and does not carry over to subsequent semesters. After
the first Friday, you may still add classes, if space is
available, by using a course
enrollment permission form with appropriate
- As a back-up plan, add yourself to another course that you need in case you’re unable to add the waitlisted course making sure there are no time-conflicts with waitlisted sections.
Important Semester Registration Dates:
Specific deadline dates for each semester are available from the University Registrar's website. Click on "important dates" for the appropriate semester. Information regarding refund dates is also included in this website. The information below is regarding full term autumn and spring courses. The add/drop deadlines are different for first and second term courses and summer.
First Friday of the semester: Students
may make their own schedule changes (drops and adds) through
the first Friday of the semester using Buckeye Link. If a class is
filled, students would need a signature from the professor
allowing the student to enter a filled class as long as the
class is not at classroom capacity.
Second Friday of the semester: To add
courses before the second Friday, students need to complete
enrollment permission form and have the necessary
signatures before turning it in to their advisor. Students
may drop off course permission forms at the front desk of
Dreese, room 205, to be processed as long as they completely
fill in the form and include a phone number where they can be
reached. In order to ensure that courses are properly dropped
or added, students should follow-up by checking their student
center. Advisors cannot make changes to schedules if there are
any holds in place. Make sure you
have resolved all holds with the appropriate office before
attempting to add classes. Students can also drop classes
themselves on Buckeye
Link through the third Friday of the semester.
Fourth Friday of the semester: Students can
also drop classes themselves on Buckeye Link through the
fourth Friday of the semester. A “W” will not appear on a
student’s transcript if a course is dropped by the fourth
Friday of the semester deadline. Students will not be able to
drop themselves from classes during weeks 5 – 10 of the
semester and must see their advisor to drop during this
After the fourth Friday of the semester, students will
not be able to drop themselves from classes and must see their
advisor to drop during this time. If you’re sending an
e-mail, be sure to type “withdraw” in the subject line and
always send e-mails from your OSU WebMail account.
Tenth Friday of the semester: Friday of
the tenth week is the last day to withdraw from a class unless
you have special circumstances that were beyond your
control. See your advisor for more information regarding
decisions to drop a class prior to this deadline.
- Students who want to drop their entire course load for the semester need to contact their advisor to assist them. The university calls this a "university withdrawl." A university withdrawl simply means you are withdrawing for courses for the current semester. Always double-check with offices such as Financial Aid, the Office of International Affairs and student health insurance before withdrawing.