Are you #New2OSU? Follow this list to help kick start your Buckeye Journey!


To get started, visit to activate your Ohio State identity and set your preferred email delivery method.


Continue setting up your Ohio State accounts


Technology Resources for Students

IT Service Desk

Need help with your IT services or devices? The IT Service Desk is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist. Walk-in support is also available at our two BuckeyeBar locations.

(614) 688-HELP (4357)

TDD: (614) 68-8743



All students receive an Ohio State email address that can be forwarded to BuckeyeMail, our student email service. Your BuckeyeMail address is your Ohio State Username (lastname.#)



Collaborate with instructors and classmates in the cloud using your free BuckeyeBox account to share files with unlimited storage.


Open Learning

Brush up on skills or learn about a new subject for free. These digital resources make learning more affordable.


Student Tech Forum

Are you interested in the development of technology support and services at the university? The Student Tech Forum is an ongoing series of focus groups and events that harness student feedback to inform the direction of information technology at Ohio State.

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Your choices online can greatly impact the safety of your personal information. Learn best practices to help you protect yourself and
your computer.


Ohio State Username

Activate your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and Password to access Ohio State systems. Your password must be changed every 180 days.



Get to know Carmen to manage course content and interact with instructors and classmates. It provides online access to assignments, syllabuses, discussion forums, class lists, announcements and more.



Collaborate virtually on class projects and video chat with your colleagues using this enterprise-wide web conferencing tool.


Tech Hub

Stop by Tech Hub, Ohio State’s official technology store for exclusive discounts on computers, tablets and software. A portion of Tech Hub sales go back to student programs. Don’t forget to check out the Student Developer Kit or apply for one of our Student Project Development Grants.


Phone Service

South Campus Gateway apartments and regional campus housing areas have standard phone service included for residents. Phone service is optional in all other locations.



Schedule classes, update contact info, find your OSUID number and pay fees from BuckeyeLink’s Student Center.



Connect to secure high-speed wireless internet through the osuwireless network on campus. Devices can be configured by first connecting to the WiFi@OSU network, opening a browser and following the instructions.


Microsoft Office 365

Receive Microsoft Office 365 for your computer and mobile devices free through the Student Advantage program. You can install copies on up to five computers, five tablets and five phones.



Build your own Wordpress website or blog on U.OSU. Use this university-supported platform to share independent work as a portfolio, enhance project visibility, communicate within groups and represent organizations. 


Digital Unions

Find the technology and support you need at one of five state-of-the-art multimedia labs located across our Columbus campus. All facilities offer computer stations, and each location has unique additional features, such as 3-D printing, A/V production equipment and collaboration spaces.


Television Service

Enjoy basic cable television in the residence halls and South Campus Gateway apartments. Channel listings and information about upgrading to premium channels are available.



Download a variety of software for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX/Linux at reduced or no cost.