Ohio State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Ohio State University

Ohio State University is a public, land-grant university located in Columbus, OH. Established in 1870, it is one of the largest universities in the nation and offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The university also includes campuses in Lima, Marion, Wooster, Mansfield, and Newark, as well as extended learning centers in every county in Ohio.

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked OSU eighth on its list of the nation's most up-and-coming schools. The university's athletic team is the Buckeyes, and the school colors are scarlet and gray. More than 56,000 students enrolled at the Columbus main campus and about 7,500 attended classes at the regional campuses in 2011.


OSU offers students 240 graduate and professional degree programs, as well as 175 undergraduate options through its 14 colleges. Business, management, marketing, and related studies were the most popular bachelor's programs in 2011 with 1,709 degrees awarded. The Fisher College of Business was established in 1916 and enrolls more than 5,000 students. The college offers 12 specializations for undergraduate business students, including aviation management, human resources, international business, and insurance.

The College of Education and Human Ecology awarded a large number of OSU's master's degrees in 2011. It enrolls roughly 5,200 students and has three academic units: the Department of Human Sciences, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Department of Teaching and Learning. The college's graduate education program was ranked 18th by US News & World Report in 2012.

The dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and optometry colleges offer a variety of doctorate degree programs for prospective healthcare professionals. The College of Dentistry is the nation's third largest public dental school.

OSU also houses colleges of arts & sciences, engineering, nursing, food and agriculture, law, public health, social work, and veterinary medicine. The campus had the fifth top public university library in 2011 as ranked by the Association of Research Libraries Investment Index.


Prospective OSU students are encouraged to apply online with the common application and university supplement. Materials submitted must include one teacher recommendation, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency. A $60 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver is also required.

OSU has a diverse student population, with nearly a quarter of undergraduates of non-white ethnicity in 2011. 91% of undergraduates were full-time students, and the same percentage were age 24 or under.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012-13 OSU tuition rate for an undergraduate Ohio resident is $10,037 per year, while non-residents must pay a higher base tuition rate of $25,445. The most popular room and board package is an additional $10,392, bringing the estimated annual cost to $20,429 for residents and $35,837 for non-residents. Students should also plan to pay approximately $1,248 annually for books and class supplies, and make allowances for transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Over 80% of OSU undergraduate students received some form of financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year. Tuition may be offset by scholarships, grants, or wages earned through work-study programs. Several loan options are also available. The university offers a cost and aid eligibility calculator for prospective students on their financial aid web page.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates **
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 42,916 undergraduates; 13,951 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Single, full-time freshmen must live on campus; learning & substance-free communities available*
Schools and Programs 14 colleges; 175 undergraduate majors, 240 graduate & professional programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: business, management, marketing, & related (1,709)
Master's: education (608)
Doctorate: health professions & related programs (740)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
46% in 4 years
75% in 6 years
77% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 63% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 7,070 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates For 2010-2011:
93% (full-time students)
61% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1264 total critical reading & math for 2012*
Application Due Date February 1st for fall semester; November 1st for spring semester*
Decision Notification Date Approximately 10-12 weeks following application completion*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $10,037 for OH residents; $25,445 for non-residents (rate includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: federal grants (20%), Pell grants (20%), other federal grants (18%), state and local grants/scholarships (12%), institutional grants/scholarships (69%), federal loans (44%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 82% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Ohio State University in Columbus, OH; **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, Ohio State University, Student Academic Services Building, 281 West Lane Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
  • Phone: (614) 292-3980
  • Website:

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