Common Ground Newsletter: May 2020
Contents: | Things to Do | Welcome | Activate Your User Name | Make It Official: Admission | Like Us on Facebook | VISA Reminder: International Students | Who Is Your Advisor? | Important Dates | Helpful Links |
Make It Official: Accept Admission
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Common Ground is the summer newsletter for incoming graduate 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. Our newsletter will also keep you informed about department 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 in August!
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 OSU email regularly at buckeyemail.osu.edu so you don’t miss important information this summer, or throughout your academic career at OSU.
If you know your Ohio State ID number and password, you can activate your Ohio State account (lastname.#) and Ohio State email address (last email@example.com) at my.osu.edu. 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 buckeyemail.osu.edu and signing in to BuckeyeMail using your firstname.lastname@example.org and password.
If you have trouble activating your account, please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer by emailing email@example.com 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.
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 http://appstatus.osu.edu/. 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 Ohio State Graduate and Professional Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accept your admission at http://appstatus.osu.edu/.
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:
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.
For Master's students:
- A faculty advisor will be assigned to you in early August.
- You will receive an email in August with that person'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.
COVID-19 Update: Transition planning is underway. MORE INFO
ECE Graduate Student Orientation, Autumn 2020: Virtual orientation posted in August!
OSU Graduate School Welcome and Resource Fair: TBA
First Day of Classes: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Suggested Resources: Please check these out!