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Ohio State University, Columbus, also known as Ohio or OSU, is a public, four-year university and research institution located in Columbus, Ohio. OSU was founded as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in the early 19th century and was originally established to help students acquire skills in a variety of agricultural and mechanical disciplines. It was later transitioned into a comprehensive university and renamed to Ohio State University, which currently has over 56,000 enrolled students.

Today OSU is the 3rd-largest university campus in the nation. In addition to its main campus in Columbus, OSU has campuses in Lima, Marion, Mansfield, Wooster, and Newark, Ohio. OSU offers an extensive selection of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

OSU’s colleges and schools are:

  • Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Continuing Education
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • The John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • School of Biomedical Science
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Online courses are offered through the Office of Distance Education.

Accreditation and Ranking

The school is accredited by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It has been ranked as the 16th best public university and 52nd overall ranked U.S. university by US News & World Report, and the publication also ranked OSU 14th in its ‘Up and Coming’ colleges section.


Known as the Buckeyes, OSU’s intercollegiate sports teams play in the NCAA’s Division I for all sports and the Big Ten Conference for most sports. The school has 36 varsity teams. In addition to the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley, OSU is just one of four universities that has won national titles in the three major men’s sports of basketball, football and baseball. In addition, OSU is one of two universities to compete in the national title games in both football and men’s basketball in the same calendar year.

OSU’s fan base is legendarily enthusiastic and comes out regularly to support the teams, both at home and away.

Library System

The OSU library and collections system is comprehensive. It includes the 18th Street Library; Agricultural Technical Institute Library; Architecture Library; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum; Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library; Book Depository; Center for Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies; Fine Arts Library; Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Library; Geology Library; Goldthwait Polar Library; Health Sciences Library; Historic Costume & Textiles Collection; Libraries Tech Center; Lima Campus Library; Mansfield Campus Bromfield Library; Marion Campus Library; Moritz Law Library; Music/Dance Library; Nationwide Children’s Hospital Library; Newark Campus Warner Library; Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Library; Thompson Library; University Hospital East; and Veterinary Medicine Library. The 18th Avenue Library facility is open around the clock.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

OSU offers grants, work-study, loans and scholarships to students in order to defray the cost of attendance. Loans include direct subsidized loans, direct unsubsidized loans and direct PLUS loans; scholarships include university-administered and external awards.

Student Housing

All unmarried, full-time students, within a year of high school graduation, must live on-campus, unless space is no longer available, or they are living with family. There are nearly 40 on-campus residence halls, many of which offer living-learning communities where students may reside with like-minded peers.

General Information

Admission Office
110 Enarson Hall
154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3980
Fax: (614) 292-4818

Contact: Mabel Freeman
Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience
Main Address
110 Enarson Hall, 154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6446
Total undergrads: 40,212
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 6,173
Degree-seeking undergrads: 38,719
Graduate enrollment: 10,219

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $8,676 $8,679 $8,679 $9,420 +8.54%
Books and Supplies $1,317 $1,383 $1,440 $1,554 +7.92%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,172 $8,352 $9,468 $10,164 +7.35%
Other $4,110 $4,140 $4,572 $4,716 +3.15%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $22,275 $22,554 $24,159 $25,854 +7.02%
In-state Off Campus $9,993 $10,062 $10,119 $10,974 +8.45%
In-state with Family $9,993 $10,062 $10,119 $10,974 +8.45%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,425
In-state Student Fees $873
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $26,355
Out-of-state Fees $873

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 5,494 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 4,620 75% $31,676,602 $6,856
– Federal grants 935 15% $4,023,731 $4,303
– Pell grants 929 15% $3,070,573 $3,305
– Other federal grants 836 14% $953,158 $1,140
State/local government grant or scholarships 950 15% $2,771,222 $2,917
Institutional grants or scholarships 4,512 73% $24,881,649 $5,515
Student loan aid 2,785 45% $18,014,160 $6,468
– Federal student loans 2,755 45% $12,992,952 $4,716
– Other student loans 434 7% $5,021,208 $11,570

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 10062 2696 1595 4
Agriculture 417 47 26 1
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 18
Agricultural Economics 69 18 10 1
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 155
Agronomy and Crop Science 10
Animal Sciences 125 9 4
Food Science 16 14 9
Horticultural Science 5 2
Ornamental Horticulture 14
Soil Science and Agronomy 1 1
Turf and Turfgrass Management 10
Architecture and Related Services 99 76 6
Architecture 69 33
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 40 6
Landscape Architecture 30 3
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 57 20 3
African-American/Black Studies 21 7
East Asian Studies 5
Women's Studies 36 8 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 604 72 97
Anatomy 5
Biochemistry 44 2 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 6 25
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 307
Biomedical Sciences 20
Biophysics 4 5
Biostatistics 2
Botany/Plant Biology 2 3
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 4 17
Ecology 5 13
Entomology 1 2 2
Microbiology 87 3 8
Molecular Genetics 53 1 1
Neuroscience 5
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 3
Pharmacology 3
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 3 11
Vision Science/Physiological Optics 12 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 89 9 4
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1832 456 18
Accounting 293 91 1
Actuarial Science 58
Business Administration and Management 15 321 12
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 10
Business/Managerial Economics 65
Finance 416
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 134 3
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 58 34 2
Insurance 32
International Business/Trade/Commerce 67
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 157
Management Information Systems 40
Marketing/Marketing Management 353
Operations Management and Supervision 96
Real Estate 48
Communication and Journalism Programs 561 7 4
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 9
Journalism 92
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 460 7 4
Computing and Information Sciences 52
Computer and Information Sciences 52
Education 248 627 84
Agricultural Teacher Education 15 6 5
Art Teacher Education 22 44 6
Education 577 73
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 7
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 42
Music Teacher Education 27
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 73
Special Education and Teaching 42
Technical Teacher Education 11
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 9
Engineering 889 327 125
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 48 7 3
Agricultural Engineering 41 11
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 10 3
Chemical Engineering 96 12 18
Civil Engineering 99 23 5
Computer Engineering 84 65 19
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 149 64 28
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 18
Engineering 26
Engineering, Other 30 6 1
Industrial Engineering 70 19 8
Materials Engineering 30 25 11
Mechanical Engineering 224 55 25
Nuclear Engineering 4 4
Engineering Technology 6 6 4
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1
Surveying Technology/Surveying 5 6 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 310 36 6
English Language and Literature 310 36 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 320 49 30
Arabic Language and Literature 15
Chinese Language and Literature 13
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 13 6 4
Comparative Literature 3
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 15 2
French Language and Literature 44
German Language and Literature 22 5 1
Hebrew Language and Literature 5
Italian Language and Literature 13
Japanese Language and Literature 32
Korean Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 36 2 6
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 4
Portuguese Language and Literature 6
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 15 14
Russian Language and Literature 18
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 3
Spanish Language and Literature 95
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 793 361 710 3
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 85
Athletic Training/Trainer 16
Audiology/Audiologist 155 25 10
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 44 1
Dental Clinical Sciences 25 4
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 34
Dentistry 101
Dietetics/Dietitian 23
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 22
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 13 25 1 1
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 31
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist 38
Medicine 201
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 44
Dance 18 9 1
Design and Visual Communications 17
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 52 5 2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 51
Fine and Studio Arts Management 7
Industrial and Product Design 21 10
Interior Design 13
Jazz/Jazz Studies 7
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Performance 26
Music Theory and Composition 1
Music 14 31 29
Work and Family Studies 770 18 8
Apparel and Textiles 140 3 1
Family Resource Management Studies 198 1 2
Human Development and Family Studies 307 9 3
Human Nutrition 125 5 2

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 62%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 93%

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business A,B
Agricultural Communications B
Agricultural Economics B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Food Technology/Processing B
Landscaping B
Pest Management B
Plant Sciences B
Turf Management B

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Environmental Design B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Western European Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Ecology B
Entomology B
Genetics B
Microbiology B
Molecular Genetics B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B
Transportation/Transportation Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Agricultural Engineering B
Ceramic Sciences/Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Industrial Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Metallurgical Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Construction/Building Technologies B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Family/Community Services B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Arabic B
Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Greek, Modern B
Hebrew B
Italian B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Audiology/Hearing Sciences B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Dental Hygiene B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Medical Records Administration B
Perfusion Technology B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Nutrition Sciences B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Fishing/Fisheries B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Islamic Studies B
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B

Precision Production Trades
Welding Technology B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Transportation & Materials Moving
Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

A = Associate degree
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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