Ohio State University is the third largest university in the country. It was originally founded in 1870 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, a land-grant school. The school changed its name and its focus in 1878 to become a broader, more well-rounded institution. Today, the school has a wide variety of programs. Situated on 1,700 acres in an urban setting, Ohio State enrolls roughly 47,000 undergrads and 14,000 post-grad students. Additionally, over 2,500 students study abroad in more than 40 countries each year.

There are many programs to choose from on the main Columbus campus. Undergraduates have more than 160 majors to select from, while graduate programs include curriculum through the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Max M. Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, and the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Aside from the many options for different majors, students can also complete a personalized study program and design their own curriculum. All freshmen participate in the Ohio State First-Year Experience.

The school holds an orientation and provides special programming to help students make the transition to college life. Ohio State also runs a community service spring break trip specifically for first-year students. For academic classes, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Only 32% of classes have less than 20 students in them, so most classes are held with a large number of students. The most popular majors include psychology; finance; human development and family studies; speech communication and rhetoric; and biology/biological sciences.

Ohio State offers a large number of student activities outside the classroom. There are more than 900 student-run organizations on campus, including about 65 fraternities and sororities. About 7% of men and 11% of women are affiliated with the Greek system. Ohio State provides opportunities for community service, including the Pay It Forward program, which supplies students with an online listing of events where they can volunteer. Students can become involved with “The Lantern” (the daily newspaper since 1881) or the literary magazine, “Mosaic.” Ohio State also publishes “The Sundial,” which is one of the oldest running humor magazines in the nation. Many students also belong to improv groups, club sports, or arts and music organizations. One of the school’s biggest groups, with 2,400 students a year, is Block “O.” They act as the official student cheering section at athletic events.

Sports are a large part of Ohio State’s culture. The teams are the Buckeyes, named after the state tree. The football team competes in the NCAA Division I B1G. The men and women’s hockey teams also compete in the B1G and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Other popular teams include men’s volleyball and men’s lacrosse. Ohio State offers individuals a diverse setting with a large population of students who can thrive in and outside of the classroom.


Acceptance Rate

Ohio State acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Ohio State top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Ohio State University SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Ohio State ACT test score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 47,603
Enrolled: 7,716
Yield: 30.1%
Acceptance rate: 53.8%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,415
Admitted off waitlist: 114
Waitlist acceptance rate: 8.1%

Transfer Admission Statistics
Number of transfer applicants: 3,924
Transfer acceptance rate: 86%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 60%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1300-1420
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 600-690
SAT Math: 650-770

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 28-34
ACT English: 28-35
ACT Math: 27-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Ohio State does not require the SAT/ACT  SAT/ACT not required

Ohio State does not require the writing portion  Writing portion not required

Ohio State does not require the SAT subject tests  SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Ohio State graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Ohio State University score card

Salary After Attending

Ohio State University score card

R&D Expenditures

Ohio State University score card

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 62.4%
5 years: 83.0%
6 years: 85.8%

Transferred to another school: 8%

Loan default rate: 4.5%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 8

Salary after attending: $46,100

R&D Expenditures: $864.3 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 100
Robberies: 7
Aggravated assaults: 8
Burglaries: 49
Car thefts: 3

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Ohio State financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $24,584

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $28,664
Out-of-state: $51,482

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $18,706

By income
$0 to $30,000: $8,194
$30,001 to $48,000: $10,037
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,982
$75,001 to $110,000: $21,364
$110,001 and more: $24,348

Graduates with student debt: 50%

Average student debt at graduation: $27,242

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Ohio State undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 18.9 to 1

Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 32%
20 to 39: 37%
40 to 99: 23%
100+: 8%

Student Population
Total: 61,391
Undergraduate: 46,818

Student Residence
In State: 65%
Out of State: 23%
International: 12%

Ohio State student body


Ohio State University

This page was last updated in July 2020.