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​Know Yourself

Be able to tell us who you are and what you care about.

                             ​ What courses did you like/dislike in the past?

                              What courses did you excel in and have difficulty with?

                              Did you like the courses that you did well in?

                              What are your hobbies?

What are your interests outside the classroom?

What are your non-academic strengths?  

Know where you are on a scale of being undecided.

Do you know you want to go to a graduate program but aren't sure what undergraduate major to pursue to get there?

Do you know you want to work in a specific career field but you aren't sure which major will let you?

Do you have one major that you're probably going to declare but you want to wait for a little while to make sure it's the right choice for you?

Do you have a couple ideas of majors that you're interested in but you aren't sure which one is right for you?

Are you considering all 200+ majors at Ohio State?

Are you just happy you're in college and you'll start looking at your options later on this year?

Know if you are interested in competitive majors


Bachelor of Science in Education (for K-12 licensure)

Data Analytics




Athletic Training

Health Information Management & Systems

Health Sciences

Landscape Architecture

Medical Dietetics

Medical Laboratory Science

Radiologic Sciences & Therapy


Radiation Therapy


Respiratory Therapy

Know if you are interested in Professional Programs.

Many students indicate an interest in careers in Law or the Medical Professions like Doctor, Physical Therapist etc.  These professions require further schooling after completion of an undergraduate degree.  Ohio State does not have "Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-PT or Pre-Dent" majors.  Students are expected to pick an undergraduate degree that either includes the pre-requisite coursework needed to apply to professional programs or to pick a major that will allow them to add the pre-requisite coursework to their major curriculum.  The student's academic advisor will assist the student in understanding the requisites needed for these professional programs and how to add them to the major curriculum. 

How Can I Prepare for Orientation?

Pre-Orientation Home Page​    

Basic, but very important, first steps to prepare

Bachelor's Degree 1101– Know what you're coming to Ohio State for even if you don't know what major you want

What kinds of classes can I expect to take my first semester?