See what students say:

Academics

Ohio State, one of the Midwest’s premier universities, is a school with “strong name-brand recognition.” Of course, it also has a massive student population, which makes the “campus feel like its own city.” Nevertheless, OSU does an admirable job of “handling the large number of students that attend and creating opportunities for over 40,000 undergraduates.” As one impressed student explains, “Every single student feels personally attended to and not [like] a number in the crowd of Buckeyes.” Many undergrads here also appreciate that “the college is very research-based, which allows students to fully discover what exactly they want to do, and to also build connections with faculty.” And while there are many great academic programs, a number of undergrads specifically highlight the “very strong business school, medical program, and engineering school.” Moreover, students generally give high marks to their “friendly and approachable” professors. Though you might encounter a “couple of duds … depend[ing] on the department,” OSU’s faculty are usually “very passionate about the material they teach,” which even makes for “very interesting general education classes.” They’re also “more than willing to meet outside of their designated office hours to help a student struggling with course materials or even just to get coffee and chat.” Best of all, “they truly seem to have a genuine interest in the students’ academic and career success.”

Student Body

Undergrads at Ohio State love that their peers come “from quite a range of backgrounds.” Indeed, you can just as easily “find yourself meeting an individual from a very remote city in the state … [as you can] an out of state or international student from places … you’d think [the school] wouldn’t have a reach.” Thankfully, no matter where they grew up, these Buckeyes are typically “down-to-earth and have a strong desire to succeed.” They also comprise “some of the most spirited fans” you’ll ever meet. And while students here “take their academics quite seriously,” there’s still “a very friendly [and] cooperative atmosphere.” As one undergrad shares, “I’ve never encountered anybody that didn’t want to work on … homework or [study] for an exam due to selfish competitive reasons.” Students also greatly appreciate the fact that “there are so many people here that every social group is well represented.” For example, “there’s a party scene, a big Esports scene, a lot of gym rats, [and] a lot Christian[s] [and representatives from] other religious groups.” In other words, rest assured that “there’s a place for everyone” at Ohio State.

Campus Life

OSU students boast that “it’s impossible to be bored here” given that the university provides “thousands of opportunities” for extracurricular involvement. For starters, undergrads can participate in “countless intramural or club sport[s],” including volleyball, basketball and rock climbing. “When it’s football season, game days are always the best,” says a student. They go on to add, “Experiencing the atmosphere of the entire Ohio State campus in one stadium is amazing.” Aside from athletics, students can join a number of clubs like “Dungeons and Dragons, … student leadership, [and even] small [music] ensembles that don’t require auditions.” Buckeyes also quickly find that “going out on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays is extremely popular, whether [to] the bars or frat parties.” Nevertheless, one student assures that “although partying is common, there is absolutely no pressure to partake in any of it.” In fact, “there are an abundance of [alternative] options [like] weekly karaoke and trivia.” Finally, should you need a breather from all that campus excitement, downtown Columbus is a “great place … [filled with] art galleries, coffee shops,” and “top-notch” restaurants.

Overview

Applicants
48,077
Acceptance Rate
52%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
5,682
with Terminal Degree
4,974

3,107
Men
2,575
Women
1,364
Minority
257
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services.
  • Agricultural and Food Products Processing.
  • Agricultural Economics.
  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Food Science.
  • Livestock Management.
  • Plant Sciences, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Entomology.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Molecular Genetics.
  • Neuroscience.
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Insurance.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.
  • Technical Teacher Education.
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General.
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management.
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.
  • Human Nutrition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Hebrew Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Korean Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other.
  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Islamic Studies.
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Optics/Optical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING.

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Diploma
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Roy F Lichtenstein
Artist

Jack Nicklaus
Golfer

Jesse Owens
Olympic Champion

James Thurber
Author

Archie Griffin
Two Time Heisman Winner

Paul Flory
Nobel Prize Winner

Richard Lewis
Comedian

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$98,800

Percent High Job Meaning
49%

Percent STEM
27%


Students Say

The sheer size of the school results in an overflow of resources and opportunities, and “the alumni base is outstanding.” The university is committed to helping students advance themselves academically and personally through club/organization involvement and career/ internship services, and maintains the Buckeye Careers Network online database for helping to foster such connections. There are also plenty of “top-notch research opportunities for undergraduates in every academic area on campus.” The “international recognition” automatically attracts employers, and there are plenty of Career Days throughout the year for this to happen. OSU alumni who visited PayScale.com report a median starting salary of $51,900.

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,692

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,252

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,383

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,453

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,937

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,726
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,703
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,168

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$3,084
Transportation for Commuters
$2,667

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,434
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
46,820
Foreign Countries Represented
68

Demographics

7.03%
Asian
6.22%
African-American
4.35%
Hispanic
66.84%
Caucasian
3.11%
Unknown
8.62%
International

49% female
51% male
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Life Disability Services

Director
Cheryl Lyons

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
1,430
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
25
Number of Religious Organizations
85

8% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

18% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Buckeyes)
20 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Pistol
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Buckeyes)
21 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Pistol
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Synchronized Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The Ohio State University integrates sustainable practices and programming across academics, research, operations, administration and engagement. As a flagship public institution, Ohio State’s Discovery Themes of Energy and Environment, Food Production, and Security and Health and Wellness benefit the university and its stakeholders by harnessing leading-edge research, attracting world-class faculty and students to solve the world’s most compelling challenges. Currently, 450 faculty are engaged in energy, sustainability and climate research and a share of the $400 million Discovery Theme investment will be used to hire an additional 500 faculty by 2022. Ohio State offers hundreds of sustainability courses and boasts an undergraduate major in sustainability. In addition to being an ACUPCC signatory, Ohio State has obtained a STARS Silver rating for its five campuses. Ohio State was awarded the 2014 EPA Green Power Partner of the Year for its wind power purchase and named Big Ten EPA Green Power Conference Champion twice, using more green power than any Big Ten university. Ohio State uses several renewable energy sources including solar panels, wind turbines, heat wheels, geothermal systems and biofuel and hybrid electric buses. Ohio Stadium’s Zero Waste program won the National Gameday Recycling Championship two consecutive years achieving a 98.5 percent diversion rate. The university composts 100 percent of landscaping waste, and 72 percent of Ohio State’s undergraduate students use alternative modes of transportation. Columbus has three Gold and nine Silver LEED-certified buildings, and the $1.1 billion Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center expansion (pending LEED Silver certification) will revitalize research, education and patient care, along with infrastructure and green spaces that will fundamentally change the future of health care. Health and wellness features include a tobacco free campus and multiple programs and resources that foster physical and mental well-being. Ohio State and its partners are committed to enhancing the surrounding community including restoration of the Southside neighborhood to its former glory.

87/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
OSU Tech Hub has discount pricing with Apple, Dell, HP, and Microsoft

Campus Visits Contact

Address
The Ohio Union Visits & Events Suite
Ohio Union Room 3002
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone
614-292-3980

Email
askabuckeye@osu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hale Cultural Center
Chadwick Arboretum
Jack Nicklaus Golf Museum
Schottenstein Center and Value City Arena
Wexner Center for the Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Columbus Zoo
MSL Columbus Crew
Historic German Village
Easton (shopping)
Short North Arts District
COSI Columbus, http://www.cosi.org/ Polaris Fashion Place, http://www.polarisfashionplace.com/index.cfm

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
614-292-3980

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
John Glenn International Airport is a 25-minute drive from campus, depending on traffic. Taxis are available at the airport for the trip; some hotels run regular shuttles from the airport into town. Greyhound buses serve downtown Columbus; no passenger train service is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Routes I-70, I-670, and I-71 intersect or join State Rt. 315. Exit 315 at Lane Ave. Travel east (left if you are traveling south on 315 or right if you are traveling north on 315) on Lane Ave. to Fyffe Road. Turn south (right) on Fyffe Road to Woody Hayes Drive. Turn east (left) on Woody Hayes Dr. to College Rd. Turn south (right) on College Rd. The Ohio Union and parking garage are located on the left.

Local Accommodations
For a listing of campus area hotels visit https://www.uhdcolumbus.com/


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