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Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to The Ohio State University and the Comparative and Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program! As you begin your graduate study, there is much to familiarize yourself with regarding university resources, policies, and procedures. The information below will assist you in getting a great start.

The Comparative and Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program is governed by Ohio State's Graduate School and the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Please read and familiarize yourself with the following documents:

Graduate School Handbook

Comparative and Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program Handbook

Accept Your Admission

Log in to your Applicant Center at to accept your offer of admission by clicking the Accept/Decline link on the main page. You will not be able to register for classes if you do not accept your admission offer. Check for any outstanding provisions or conditions related to your offer of admission by clicking the Status link for the application, then the Application Requirements tab. Your admission is contingent upon fulfillment of these provisions or conditions. Also verify your contact information.

Complete any Required Hiring Paperwork

If you will be funded by a Graduate Research Associate or staff position (e.g. Clinical Instructor House Staff), there will be steps to complete to finalize your appointment. (Students funded by outside sources such as a government or institutional scholarship or fellowship will not need to do this)  You will receive an electronic letter of offer for your position that outlines your stipend, benefits, and other important information. Please return this letter as soon as you have reviewed and either accepted or declined your position. You will be contacted by a member of our Human Resources staff to coordinate the remaining steps to completion.

Activate Your OSU E-mail Account

All official correspondence from the university and from the College of Veterinary Medicine will go to your OSU email address. You are responsible for the content of all official emails sent to your account. If you forward email to another email account, you are still responsible for those messages.

The first part of your email address will consist of your last name and a number. This is also your username for all university electronic systems, and is commonly referred to as your "name.#".

You activate your e-mail / username at the Identity and Access Management website 

Get Your BuckID

Once you have enrolled in classes, you will need to obtain your Student ID - known as a BuckID. Take a valid photo ID such as a state ID, passport, or driver's license to 3040 Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street. Your BuckID serves as your bus pass for COTA buses, and is used to access the Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC) in addition to many other things. Visit the BuckID webpage for more information.

Register for Classes

You will work with your advisor to develop a course plan for your program. If you begin in Autumn or Spring semester, know that all students are required to sign up for VETPREV 8891 - Graduate Student Seminar each semester, except Summer. (note: international students will not be able to register until they have checked in at the Office of International Affairs after arriving on campus)

Registration Instructions

Health Insurance

All students, including regional campus students, enrolled at least half time, are automatically enrolled in the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan and are charged health insurance premiums as part of their registration fees unless they waive the insurance plan by the published deadline of their first term of enrollment each academic year. If you will be funded by a staff position such as Clinical Instructor House Staff, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Research Associate/Assistant, you are eligible to receive employee health benefits. You must make a choice to utilize either the employee benefit or Student Health Insurance. If you choose the employee benefit, you must opt out of Student Health Insurance each academic year.

Students who opt out of university coverage must provide proof of alternate coverage. In order to select or waive university coverage for the current academic year, students should navigate to their Student Center through Buckeye Link. Under the Finances tab, select the link to Select/Waive Coverage. For additional information, contact the Student Health Insurance Program (614-688-7979). 

International Students

Read and sign the immigration document enclosed with your notice of admission. If it contains any errors, please email

After you accept admission and about two months before the start of classes, you will begin receiving email messages from the Office of International Affairs (OIA). These messages contain useful information as you prepare to study at Ohio State, including how to register for your check-in session. These "Pre-Arrival Posts" will also be posted on the Pre-Arrival Information section of OIA's website.


The Graduate School also provides information for new students