Common Ground - Issue One


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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

  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 Toothman
Beth Bucher

We know you have a lot to do to as you prepare for graduate school! Common Ground is a resource for incoming graduate students to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Common Ground will introduce you to the tasks to complete before you begin your graduate career at the Ohio State University. Remember to look for important and useful information in each issue.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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

Activate your username and email address



It is very important that you activate your Ohio State email account as soon as possible, before your arrival. This is the email address the university and the ECE department will use to contact you for official university business. Please check your Ohio State email regularly at so you don’t miss important information this summer, or throughout your academic career at Ohio State.

If you know your Ohio State ID number and password, you can activate your Ohio State account (lastname.#) and Ohio State email address (last at The password should have been emailed to you by the admissions office. Your Ohio State ID Number can be found in the top portion of your official acceptance letter. Please read the Policy on Responsible Use of University Computing Resources, then click on "Activate Now."

Once activated, you may check your email account by visiting and signing in to BuckeyeMail using your and password.

If you have trouble activating your account, please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer by emailing or by telephone at 614-688-4357.

Set up BuckeyePass

BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service provided by the Ohio State University which is required when accessing your different Ohio State accounts. It helps to protect your account even if your password is stolen. The easiest way to set up BuckeyePass is to download the Duo Mobile app on your mobile device.

International students: You must have BuckeyePass set up on a device that you will have with you during immigration check-in. You won't be able to complete the process without BuckeyePass.

View instructions on how to set up BuckeyePass and download Duo Mobile.

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, 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.

If you have trouble accepting your admission, please contact Ohio State Graduate and Professional Admissions at

Like us on Facebook and Twitter



Please 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.

Other Helpful Facebook Links:

Ohio State University (OSU) Housing, Sublets & Roommates

Ohio State University, Columbus Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets

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 several months. As soon as you have your I-20 information from Ohio State, 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. 
  • You will receive an email in August with your advisor's name.

For PhD 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 PhD graduate program.

Important Information


COVID-19 Update: Transition planning is underway. MORE INFO

ECE Graduate Student Orientation: Virtual orientation posted in August!

OSU Graduate School Welcome and Resource Fair: TBA

OSU Office of International Affairs Check-In and Orientation

Suggested Resources: Please check these out!

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

University Housing