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Ohio State University - Main Campus Overview

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University - Main Campus is a public institution. The location of Ohio State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Ohio State University - Main Campus Known For?

42,003 Full-Time Undergraduates
$17,704 Avg Cost After Aid
48% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Ohio State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Ohio State.
  • In 2017-2018, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Ohio State with a bachelor's degree make about $46,100 a year. That's 13% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Ohio State University - Main Campus Rankings

College Factual ranked Ohio State as #175 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 80 colleges in Ohio, it is ranked at #6.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Ohio State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Ohio State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 52
Best Colleges for International Students 64
Best Colleges 175
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 227
Best Colleges for Diversity 312
Best Colleges for the Money 446

Where Is Ohio State University - Main Campus?

Location of Ohio State University - Main Campus

Contact details for Ohio State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-6446
Website: www.osu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/osu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhioState

How Do I Get Into Ohio State?

You can apply to Ohio State online at: undergrad.osu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Ohio State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ohio State?

48% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Ohio State. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 48%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 45%, and the acceptance rate for women is 51%.

Average Test Scores

About 29% of students accepted to Ohio State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 700. Math scores were between 650 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ohio State University - Main Campus  ( 610 to 700 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Ohio State University - Main Campus  ( 650 to 750 )
200
800
Ohio State received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 27 and 33. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 27 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Ohio State University - Main Campus  ( 27 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Ohio State University - Main Campus  ( 27 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Ohio State University - Main Campus  ( 27 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Ohio State University - Main Campus?

$17,704 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ohio State is $17,704. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Ohio State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,932 $9,861 $15,906 $21,130 $23,918

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ohio State, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $7,525 a year. That adds up to $30,100 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ohio State is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Ohio State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

42,003 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 45,946 undergraduate students at Ohio State, with 42,003 being full-time and 3,943 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ohio State

There are also 13,891 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 42,003 full-time undergraduates at Ohio State, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ohio State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ohio State University - Main Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ohio State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,876
Black or African American 2,297
Hispanic or Latino 1,719
White 28,708
International Students 3,554
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,849

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Ohio State University - Main Campus. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 112 countries are represented at Ohio State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Ohio State University - Main Campus

2,284 Took All Classes Online
20,321 Took At Least One Class Online
22.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 12 master’s degree programs available online at Ohio State. In 2017-2018, 20,321 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ohio State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 10th most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ohio State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ohio State University - Main Campus was 22.0%. This is the #841 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ohio State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ohio State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 24%
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 75%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 3%
Educational Assessment 38%
Engineering 7%
General Engineering 19%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19%
Health Professions 5%
Nursing 4%
Pharmacology & Toxicology 32%
Public Administration & Social Service 9%
Social Work 7%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ohio State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ohio State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Pharmacology & Toxicology #1
Other Engineering #4
General Engineering #6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #10
Dental Support Services #10
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services #16
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #16
Engineering #27
Teacher Education Subject Specific #48
Nursing #155
Education #185
Health Professions #261

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ohio State University - Main Campus Majors

In 2017-2018, Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 23,198 undergraduate degrees and 8,878 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 448 0 2
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 22 2
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 72 10 6
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 81 9 14
Agricultural Engineering 0 160 3 5
Agricultural Production 0 0 2 0
Agricultural Public Services 0 11 0 0
Air Transportation 0 52 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 289 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 89 0 0
Animal Science 0 156 6 2
Anthropology 0 61 1 5
Applied Mathematics 0 38 154 0
Area Studies 0 0 5 0
Arts & Media Management 0 1 2 9
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 17 4 5
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 11 5 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 44 2 25
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 4 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 6 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 69 13 15
Botany/Plant Biology 0 3 4 9
Business Administration & Management 0 342 263 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 90 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 9 14
Chemical Engineering 0 243 19 12
Chemistry 0 67 13 36
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 25 25
Civil Engineering 0 158 30 5
Classical Languages & Literature 0 10 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 24 43 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 25 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 467 10 6
Communication Sciences 0 92 28 11
Computer Engineering 0 296 80 20
Computer Information Systems 0 69 0 0
Criminology 0 127 0 0
Dance 0 26 8 2
Dental Support Services 0 35 5 0
Dentistry 0 0 0 108
Design & Applied Arts 0 46 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 27 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 32 5 1
East Asian Languages 0 62 12 5
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 13 7
Economics 0 293 30 11
Educational Administration 0 42 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 8 0
Electrical Engineering 0 274 116 45
Engineering Physics 0 16 0 0
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 3 3
Environmental Engineering 0 28 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 40 6 8
Family & Consumer Economics 0 79 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 32 2 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 685 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 92 15 3
Food Processing 0 11 0 0
Food Science Technology 0 26 15 7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 82 3 0
General Architecture 0 68 29 0
General Biology 0 436 1 25
General Education 0 0 243 73
General Engineering 0 0 31 0
General English Literature 0 163 23 22
General Psychology 0 490 0 0
Genetics 0 49 2 3
Geography & Cartography 0 86 6 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 39 11 3
Germanic Languages 0 11 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 7 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 24 35 0
Health & Physical Education 0 202 37 7
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 0
History 0 112 10 11
Hospitality Management 0 59 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 173 2 4
Human Resource Management 0 60 38 0
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 9 1
Industrial Engineering 0 134 30 10
Insurance 0 5 0 0
International Business 0 28 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 189 0 0
International Studies 0 6 0 0
Journalism 0 43 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 28 18 0
Law 0 0 0 168
Legal Research 0 0 25 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 13 2 5
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 40 2 2
Management Information Systems 0 72 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 91 4 0
Marketing 0 479 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 42 27 19
Mathematics 0 167 20 14
Mechanical Engineering 0 199 81 23
Medicine 0 0 0 170
Medieval Studies 0 1 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 11 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 54 1 9
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 9 1 0
Music 0 26 17 23
Natural Resource Management 0 62 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 141 22 7
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 209 1 6
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 6 4
Nursing 0 259 231 34
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 4
Optometry 0 0 0 67
Other Agriculture 0 70 0 0
Other Engineering 0 47 11 1
Other Health Professions 0 0 30 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 18 5 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 25 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 110 11 144
Philosophy 0 35 1 7
Physics 0 54 18 34
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 11 2
Plant Sciences 0 32 11 5
Political Science & Government 0 294 16 11
Public Administration 0 89 88 2
Public Health 0 108 86 12
Public Policy 0 15 0 0
Real Estate 0 33 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 96
Religious Studies 0 10 0 0
Romance Languages 0 89 8 12
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 18 4 1
Social Work 0 147 306 8
Sociology 0 95 9 8
Special Education 0 36 0 0
Statistics 0 0 43 4
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3 97 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 153 17 5
Teaching English or French 0 13 0 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 90 0 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 28 27 3
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 14 11
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 154
Zoology 0 101 13 13
Total 6 23,192 5,500 3,378

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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