Secure your university account

Adding an extra layer of security to protect your sensitive information.

BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service provided to Ohio State faculty, staff, students and student employees. It helps protect your account even if your password is stolen. Get started or manage your registered devices today!


BuckeyePass for the Ohio State University

BuckeyePass is currently for Ohio State faculty, staff, students and student employees.

Phishing and identity theft crimes have increased in the higher education sector over the last several years and protecting your personal information and the university’s private data is Ohio State’s highest priority.

BuckeyePass for the Central Ohio Technical College

COTC has a long-standing relationship with Ohio State. As part of this partnership, COTC has contracted with Ohio State to provide IT services to the College. When you log into the Duo mobile application, you will identify yourself as an Ohio State University client, and you will see some Ohio State branding once logged in.

Where and When?

Ohio State began adding BuckeyePass/Duo protection to critical systems in 2016. We are continually increasing the use of BuckeyePass to protect existing services and adding it to new services as appropriate.

The university community began adding BuckeyePass/Duo protection to critical systems in spring 2016. We expect to continually increase the use of BuckeyePass to existing services on an ongoing basis and to new services as appropriate. This video depicts an employee using Duo to access Employee Self Service; however, BuckeyePass registration and functionality is the same for all of the Ohio State systems that it protects.


Register for the BuckeyePass service. We recommend registering more than one device so you have a back-up if your device is lost, stolen, broken or otherwise unavailable. BuckeyePass can be used in a number of ways:

Free Options for using BuckeyePass

  • DUO App Duo Mobile on a smartphone or tablet – Installing Duo Mobile on your device will give you two ways to authenticate. When you try to log in to a system protected by BuckeyePass, it will push an authentication request to the Duo Mobile application on your device. Once you approve the request, you will be admitted to the system. You can also generate a code from Duo Mobile (without wireless or cellular access) and input it to the BuckeyePass login page. Learn more about DUO Mobile.(link is external)
  • Passcode Passcodes via text – To request a passcode, select the “Send a new passcode” link when attempting to authenticate. This will send you a single use passcode via text message. Learn more about passcodes Learn more about passcodes.(link is external)
  • Touch ID MacBook Touch ID – MacBook devices with a Touch ID sensor can now be used with BuckeyePass. Touch ID can be used with most OSU web applications including: Carmen, Office 365, BuckeyeLink. Touch ID is only supported in Google Chrome at this time. Learn more about Touch ID.(link is external) For applications that do not support Touch ID, you can use Touch ID to generate an alternative passcode.

Additional Options For Purchase: Starting at $20

Choosing the Best Option for You

BuckeyePass Options Is a tablet or smartphone required? Can it be used for all Ohio State Duo systems? Can it be used for 2-Factor accounts outside Ohio State? Is it free?
Duo Mobile App Yes Yes Yes Yes
Passcode via Text Yes Yes No Yes
Touch ID No Yes* No Yes
Security Key No Yes* Yes No
Hard Token No Yes No No

*Touch ID and Security Keys may be used to generate an alternative passcode for some systems that do not natively support these factors.

Want to add BuckeyePass to your system?

If you are a service owner who would like to add multifactor authentication to your own system, we can help you learn more about the deployment process.