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Resources and FAQs

These resources are designed to help incoming students maximize the first year by getting comfortable on campus, connecting with the university and starting to think of Ohio State as home.

Want to know how to change your meal plan? How to sign up for football tickets? How to drop a class? Which computer to buy for college? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for first-year students for these answers and many more!

It may seem like people who have been around Ohio State for a long time are speaking in code. As an incoming student, you need to know what CARMEN, FYSS and COTA mean. Visit our glossary/terms page to learn more about the acronyms and other terms heard around campus.

Helpful resources for first-year students
This page has links to Ohio State and community resources frequently used by first-year students. Find out more information about academics, current events, health and wellness, and leadership.

FYE Conference
Each year, FYE hosts a conference for Ohio State faculty and staff about the university's efforts to support first-year students. Find out more about this year's conference.