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Common Ground Newsletter: May 2018


Contents: | Things to Do | Welcome | Activate Your User Name | Make It Official: Admission | Like Us on FacebookVISA Reminder: International Students | Who Is Your Advisor? | Important Dates | Helpful Links |

Things to Do: May

  1. Activate OSU Username
  2. Make It Official: Accept Admission
  3. Look for housing
    1. Off-Campus
    2. University Housing
  4. Who is your advisor?
  5. Like us on Facebook
  6. International students refer to Pre-Arrival information

Welcome to your first issue of Common Ground!

Tricia ToothmanBeth BucherCommon Ground is the official newsletter for incoming graduates students to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We know you have a lot to do to as you prepare for graduate school, and Common Ground will walk you through the tasks to complete before you begin autumn semester at The Ohio State University. It will also keep you informed about news and upcoming events. We will continue to send  you additional issues of Common Ground over the summer, so look for important and useful information in each issue.

We look forward to meeting you this autumn!

Patricia Toothman, PhD Program Coordinator,
Beth Bucher, MS Program Coordinator,

Activate your username and email address

First things first: All students planning to attend Ohio State University must activate their Ohio State username. This username is also your Ohio State email address.

You received your OSU username when you applied to OSU. Activating your username is one of the most important things you need to do after you accept your admission. Your username will be a combination of your last name followed by a dot and a number (e.g., name.#). Your username will be used across the university for a variety of purposes, including class registration, OSU forms and accessing various pages of the university website.

This username is also your Ohio State e-mail address. When followed by "" this username is also your OSU email address. This is the email address the university and the ECE department will use to contact you for official university business. Please check your OSU email regularly at so you don’t miss important information this summer, or throughout your academic career at OSU.

If you have problems activating your Ohio State username and email address, contact for assistance.

Let's make your admission official

If you are receiving this newsletter, you have been recommended for admission to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program for Autumn, but that’s only the beginning. Your next step is to officially accept your admission at After logging in, you should see the option to accept your admission by clicking the link, "Accept/Decline" on the main page.

It is important that you accept your admission online because this will allow you to register for classes for autumn semester.

If you have trouble accepting your admission, please contact OSU Graduate Admissions at

Like us on Facebook and Twitter

You should definitely take a moment to join the Ohio State ECE community on Facebook and Twitter. Not only will we be posting important updates for incoming students, but it's a great way to find out about all the great news and events happening in the ECE department.

Visa reminder for international students

Students who are not U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa to study in the U.S. It is important to apply for a visa as soon as you can. Depending on your home country, this process may take anywhere from one to three months. As soon as you have your I-20 information from OSU, you can start the visa application process. If you have any questions regarding your I-20 or other related questions, please contact the Ohio State University Office of International Affairs.

Who is your advisor?

Great question!

For Master's students:

  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to you in early August based on the research interests you selected on the ECE admission application.
  • You will receive an email later in the summer with the name of your advisor.

For Ph.D. students:

  • For PhD students, your faculty advisor is the faculty member who extended a financial aid offer to you, or who has agreed to advise your PhD studies.
  • If you do not have a faculty advisor, plan to actively seek out a faculty advisor by the end of the second semester of enrollment in the ECE graduate program.

Important August Dates

ECE Department Orientation Part 1: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm 113 Dreese Lab. RSVP online here.

ECE Department Welcome Lunch and Library Presentation: Part 2: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 11:15 am to 2:00pm, 113 Dreese Lab

OSU Graduate School Welcome and Resource Fair: TBA

OSU Office of International Affairs Check-In and Orientation: Dates between July 30 and August 16, 2018.

First Day of Classes: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Suggested Resource: Please check this out!

Off-Campus Student Services (including off-campus housing information)

University Housing