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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
Ohio State is a highly rated public university located in Columbus, Ohio. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 42,003 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Ohio State acceptance rate is 48%. Popular majors include Communications, Psychology, and Finance. Graduating 83% of students, Ohio State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
About The Ohio State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Website

The Ohio State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
48%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1260-1450
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$18,042/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,730/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.300 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.337 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.337 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
42,003Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,943
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 219 responses
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  • There is no "typical" student at Ohio State.
    55%
  • Intelligent
    14%
  • Open-minded
    8%
  • Filled with Buckeye spirit!
    7%
  • Unique
    5%
  • White
    3%
  • It's way too cold
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.398 responses
Poll
49%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.511 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 253 responses
Report
  • Spirited
    22%
  • AWESOME
    17%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Alive
    13%
  • Competitive
    9%
  • Passionate
    6%
  • Fun
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.211 responses
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I really enjoy campus life at OSU. It’s a big campus, but don’t be intimidated by the size. There are so many ways to be involved and tons of people to interact with. The atmosphere is welcoming and everyone is proud to be a buckeye. Professors are more than willing to provide help and answers any questions. There are also plenty of study locations and libraries— my personal favorite is the Thompson library! The location of campus is prime because it’s right in the middle of downtown Columbus. There are so many cheap, but unique restaurants around. There are also a plethora of shops, boutiques and thrift stores. And, of course there are amazing coffee shops around the area, from Stauf’s to Global Gallery, which also make great study locations.
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The Ohio State University has been my dream post-secondary school since I first heard and laid eyes on it during junior high school. One of the happiest days of my life was finding out that I was accepted into the school. Living on campus for the past school year has been an englihting experience for me and a reminder of why I think the university is so great. The professors clearly love their work and wish to express this feeling onto their students. The campus offers a wide variety of resources and activity centers: from the RecreatioN & Physical Activity Center(RPAC) to Counseling and Consultation Services to your personal career and academic advisors, the university does all it can to help students maintain a healthy mind and body while attending school. I would highly recommend coming to The Ohio State University as it is in my opinion one of the best schools in the country to pursue whatever your heart desires!
Although the campus is large and a bit intimidating, I found it relatively easy to make friends. The ability to make friends on a campus of great size worried me as I began freshman year. I highly suggest joining clubs, attending student-led activities, and getting involved in your particular college. Taking general education (GE) coursers helps with the academic transition to higher-education. OSU has so much to offer! Each student has many opportunities to make the best of their undergraduate years.