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Ohio State University is a public school founded in 1870 in the city of Columbus. As a land grant university with strengths in many growing disciplines, it has grown to be the third largest campus in the nation in terms of population. Today the university is the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio, boasting an enrollment of more than 57,000 students on the main campus and thousands more among its branches.


Information Summary

Ranks 11th in Ohio and 339th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 89.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $27,367
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 32 / 1450
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 23 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 95% / 71%
Enrollment Total (all students) 61,170


Academic tracks of study include over 170 majors distributed among 18 colleges.

Both the undergraduate and graduate business programs have strong academic reputations. The medical school, counseling/personnel services graduate program, and education programs are all renowned as well. Popular majors for undergraduates include social sciences, business and marketing, and engineering. Many students choose the university for its Graduate School in Design or its Center for Slavic and East European Studies.

Research facilities on campus include a polar research center, a heart and lung research center, an aeronautical lab, and many other specialized centers and labs that draw graduate students from far and wide.

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

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In keeping with its reputation for academic excellence, the university has a competitive admissions process. The admissions process is based on three primary criteria: successful completion of a college preparatory high school curriculum, class rank or GPA, and ACT or SAT scores. Although either SAT or ACT scores are required for admission, the school reiterates that they represent only one aspect of a holistic review process that includes many factors.

Other considerations include advanced high school coursework, ethnic, racial, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity, and other background factors. Competitive admissions factors do not apply to Ohio residents applying to branch schools.

February is the application deadline for admission to the Autumn semester, although December applications are given full consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

Financial Aid

Over 75% of students receive some form of financial aid. For entering or prospective freshmen, the financial aid application process overlaps to some degree with the admissions process, in that some of the materials used to determine whether a student is accepted will also be used to determine whether he or she will be eligible for financial aid, how much aid will be disbursed, and the form that the aid will take.

The completion and submission of a standard FAFSA form and all applicable addenda is a key element of the financial aid process. In addition, documentary verification in the form of financial records and other documents is also usually necessary to make a final need assessment. In addition to federal, state, and school-based grants, other financial aid options include loans, work-study jobs, and need- and merit-based scholarships.

For priority consideration, entering freshmen are urged to check for current year deadlines. Typically, scholarship deadlines fall in December, while the deadlines for other types of aid applications fall in February in March.

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Ranks 2683rd for the average student loan amount.
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With a student body numbering over 57,000, campus life is diverse and vibrant. As the largest single-campus university in the United States, The student body boasts an unusually diverse mix of students from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with nearly 23% of the students classified as first-generation college students, a figure that far exceeds the nationwide average of 15.9%.

The urban setting of Columbus offers students extensive opportunities for entertainment, employment, and enrichment. Set just a few miles from downtown, the campus is immersed in the center of this bustling metropolitan environment.

More than 60 fraternities and sororities are active at Ohio State. Popular fraternities include Beta Theta Pi, Chi Phi, Omega Psi Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Kappa Sigma, while sororities include groups such as Alpha Sigma Upsilon, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, and Kappa Delta.

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With several nationally prominent sports teams, the Buckeyes represent an appealing part of campus life for many students.

The school’s teams participate in NCAA Division I, and most are qualified to compete in the Big Ten Conference. The athletics program has a history of record-breaking achievement, including being one of only three universities in the United States to have won national titles in men’s baseball, basketball, and football.

Buckeye basketball and football games are often heavily attended by students and community supporters alike, and the school’s award-winning marching band lends an added dimension of entertainment to sporting events. The mascot is Brutus Buckeye. School colors are scarlet and grey.


Notable alumni include:

  • Noble laureates Paul Flory, Willaim A. Fowler, and Kenneth G. Wilson
  • Pulitzer prize winners Mary Oliver, Nick Anderson, Judith Miller, Julia Kelly, and Jim Schaefer
  • Authors Virginia Hamilton, Harlan Ellison, John Jakes, and Clayton Rawson
  • Playwrights Jerome Lawrence, Kermit Hunter, Adrienne Kennedy, and Velina Hasu Houston
  • Cartoonists Kerry G. Johnson, Milton Caniff, John Backderf, Brian Basset, and Jeff Smith
  • United States Senators Sherrod Brown and Thomas R. Carper
  • Scientists Homer Burton Adkins, Thomas D. Brock, Roy Plunkett, Douglas Prasher, and Christopher Williams
  • Astronauts Ronald M. Sega, Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, Nancy J. Currie, and Charles Bassett

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