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Your Success Begins with Connections

In First Year Success, we believe you can achieve your goals.
Life at OSU is different than your time at home in high school or at a junior or community college. Our staff is here to help you connect with the right people on campus to be successful. We focus on helping you thrive in these key areas: academic success, making campus connections and creating healthy financial habits.

Campus Connection Coaches

Creating your community on campus
Campus connection coaches help you engage with campus opportunities and realize your potential and dreams. In addition, each of our campus connections coaches work with a designated academic college to provide:
  • Individualized Success Plans

  • Training Workshops, Cultural Experiences and Social Events

  • Supportive Accountability and Peer Mentoring

Finding Your Fit.With more than 500 student organizations we have a home for you!

Whether you're looking for connections in your major, college or interests, there's a group for you. The Office of Leadership and Campus Life is home to campuswide leadership initiatives and organizations. You can visit CampusLink, the student organization portal, to find a group or groups based on your interests. If you can't find an organization, we will help you can create your own.


Visit CampusLink

Paying for College

We work in collaboration with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to address immediate monetary needs for you through financial education and counseling. In addition, we help you with financial literacy, strategies to overcome financial setbacks and mapping out plans for funding your education. We book appointments regularly for one on one financial planning.

Steps to paying for college

There are several steps you should follow related to scholarships and loans to cover your college costs. Learn more in the guide.

How to pay

Once on campus, your bill(s) will be distributed by the Office of the Bursar. This office bills and collects tuition, fees, campus housing and other university charges, as well as processes and disburses all federal and campus-based funds and refunds overpayment.

Net price calculator

Some expenses (such as tuition and fees) are fixed; others are influenced by personal choices. Estimate your anticipated expenses and plan accordingly with our net price calculator.

Financial Planning Coaches

Financial planning coaches can assist you with creating a budget, establishing healthy financial habits and accessing financial resources available from the university. 

F1RST2GO Program

First-generation college student resources
At OSU, our first-generation students (first in your family to attend college) are important to us and we want you to have the resources you need to succeed. It's OK if you have lots of questions and aren't sure where to start. We want you to develop a network of friends and staff members to ease your transition and answer your most difficult questions. We offer a first-generation Living Learning Program so you can live with other students who are the first in their families to attend college. We also have a student organization just for our first generation students as well as activities and resources to make you feel at home. 
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