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Common Ground Newsletter: May 2019

 

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 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 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!

Patricia Toothman, PhD Program Coordinator, toothman.8@osu.edu

Beth Bucher, MS Program Coordinator, bucher.9@osu.edu
or ecegrad@ece.osu.edu 


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 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 ( ) 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 (Windows Live ID) and password.

If you have trouble activating your account, please contact the Office of the Chief Information Officer by emailing 8help@osu.edu or by telephone at 614-688-4357.

Set up BuckeyePass

BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service provided by 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 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 OSU Graduate Admissions at gpadmissions@osu.edu.


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 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. 
  • You will receive an email in August with the name of your faculty advisor.

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 August Dates

 

ECE Graduate Student Orientation, Autumn 2019

  • Part 1: DATE CHANGE: Wednesday August 14, 2019, 8:30am - 12:00pm, (MS students: 8:30am - 2:00pm),113 Dreese Laboratories
  • Part 2: Friday August 16, 2019, 8:30am - 12:00pm 113 Dreese Laboratories
  • Sign-in at orientation

MS faculty advisors will be assigned in early August. Please contact your MS faculty advisor if you are unable to attend orientation.

 

OSU Graduate School Welcome and Resource Fair: TBA

OSU Office of International Affairs Check-In and Orientation

First Day of Classes: Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Suggested Resource: Please check this out!

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

University Housing