Summer Term

Summer term provides opportunities for Ohio State students to make progress toward their degrees and to take advantage of academic courses offered in four-, six-, eight- and 12-week modes.

For summer term 2021:

  • Courses will be offered in-person, online (“distance learning”) and through blended (“hybrid” or “distance enhanced”) instructional modes. Students must follow all safety protocols, including requirements for facemasks, physical distancing and COVID-19 testing, listed on the university’s Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.
  • Summer term tuition is discounted 25% for Columbus campus undergraduates. This tuition discount applies to the instructional fee and general fee for all Columbus campus undergraduates and to the non-resident surcharge for Columbus campus students who are taking courses in-person, hybrid or distance enhanced modes. The discount does not apply to any other fee and does not apply to rates for regional campus students. See the fee schedules for summer term 2021 for more information.

Registration information

To figure out which summer classes might be right for you, contact your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you in crafting the right academic plan to help you realize your dreams. Learn about academic advising at Ohio State.

Explore Summer Term Options

To register for Summer 2021:

Dates and Deadlines

Having multiple sessions of different lengths provides students at Ohio State the unique opportunity to adjust their schedule to their needs. View the Summer Term 2021 Important Dates for dates and deadlines. For a more comprehensive listing of dates, review the academic calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the add / drop / refund dates?
  • Important dates for summer term (and sessions) can be reviewed here, which includes add / drop / refund dates, among other important term or session dates.

  • If I still have an outstanding debt for spring semester 2021, what does that mean for my enrollment for summer term 2021?
  • Refer to the Outstanding Debt and Enrollment penalty for students who have an outstanding debt from spring semester 2021 and are enrolled in classes for summer term 2021.

  • If restrictions are lifted on campus, can I go to the RPAC?
  • The Office of Student Life is adhering to all university and state guidelines related to social distancing and the recreational facilities on campus. If it is determined that Ohio State campuses reopen while summer term is underway, information for students on using the recreational facilities will be provided by the Office of Student Life.

  • How do I obtain a COTA pass if that fee is waived for summer term 2020?
  • For those that may be on campus and wish to utilize COTA, there is an option for them to go to the COTA offices downtown and buy a pass for the summer.

  • When can I enroll in Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP)?
  • Self-enrollment into the Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) can be completed through My Buckeye Link. For registration and due dates for Summer, please visit Tuition Option Payment Plan.

  • When will I get my financial aid refund?
  • Federal regulations state that Title IV federal financial aid funds cannot be disbursed to you until ten days prior to the start of classes each term, but must be disbursed by the seventh day of the term to allow time for students to obtain their books and supplies. Ohio State's policy is to disburse financial aid approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the term. For additional questions about your refund, contact Buckeye Link.

Is Ohio State encouraging and/or endorsing an LGBTQ culture?

The university is dedicated to ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all students.  By including sexual orientation and gender identification questions in the admissions application, Ohio State is indicating an acceptance and understanding of the needs of these students from their very first interaction with the university.

How will identifying an applicant’s sexual orientation and gender identity affect his or her opportunities for admission?

Choosing to answer or ignore these optional identification questions does not impact admissions decisions.  This information is gathered strictly for the purpose of understanding the scope of these populations, and to share university resources with those groups.

Who will be able to access this data?

An individual’s data is protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).  Similar to disability data, this information is considered restricted within university systems.  Data is only available to an extremely limited number of staff. All others seeking aggregate data must submit a request for this information, including a specific need, to be either approved or denied by the gatekeeping offices (University Registrar and the Multicultural Center).

Students should note, however, that parents or guardians may access this information if they have the log in credentials to review a student’s Common Application or student account.

How will this data be used?

By collecting aggregate data on our applicants’ sexual orientation and gender identity, Ohio State will be able to analyze the success of the university’s efforts related to the recruitment, enrollment, retention and academic success of the LGBTQ demographic. This, in turn, will help us better understand the needs of this population and to provide the data needed to inform the creation or expansion of beneficial resources and services for this demographic.

What if these questions deter students from applying or cause others anxiety and stress?

Previous application questions directed toward race/ethnicity have not deterred students from applying.  These questions are optional, which allows students to answer only if they are comfortable sharing this information.  Students who choose not to disclose sexual orientation and gender identity will not be penalized in any way.

What if students change their sexual orientation and/or gender identity after applying?

Students may visit the Student Information System (SIS) to adjust this information during their time as an Ohio State student.  The university recognizes that students continually experience growth in their identity, and they may wish to edit this information later.

Contact Us

For advising and registration related questions, contact Academic Advisisng.
For My Buckeye Link account related questions, contact Buckeye Link.
For financial aid related questions, contact Buckeye Link.