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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?

11,622 Undergraduate Awards
$37,618 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 highest award offered at Ohio State is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Ohio State is ranked #318 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Ohio State also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Ohio State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#179 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Ohio State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Human Sciences Business Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Dance Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Arts & Media Management Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Pharmacology & Toxicology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Ohio State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#102 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

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 )
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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?

$37,618 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ohio State is $37,618. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

42,831 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 46,820 undergraduate students at Ohio State, with 42,831 being full-time and 3,989 being part-time.

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

There are also 14,350 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 42,831 full-time undergraduates at Ohio State, 51% are male and 49% 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 3,027
Black or African American 2,537
Hispanic or Latino 1,857
White 28,561
International Students 3,908
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,941

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 685 0 0 0 685
Business Administration & Management 21 0 0 342 0 263 7 633
Nursing 0 0 0 259 10 231 34 534
General Psychology 0 0 0 490 0 0 0 490
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 467 0 10 6 483
Marketing 0 0 0 479 0 0 0 479
General Biology 0 0 0 436 0 1 25 462
Social Work 0 0 0 147 0 306 8 461
Accounting 0 0 0 448 0 0 2 450
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 274 0 116 45 435
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 296 0 80 20 396
Economics 0 0 0 293 0 30 11 334
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 294 0 16 11 321
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 243 73 316
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 199 0 81 23 303
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 289 0 0 0 289
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 243 0 19 12 274
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 110 0 11 144 265
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 202 0 37 7 246
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 209 0 1 6 216
General English Literature 0 0 0 163 0 23 22 208
Public Health 0 0 0 108 0 86 12 206
Mathematics 0 0 0 167 0 20 14 201
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 158 0 30 5 193
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 38 0 154 0 192
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 189 0 0 0 189
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 173 0 2 4 179
Public Administration 0 0 0 89 0 88 2 179
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 153 0 17 5 175
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 134 0 30 10 174
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 0 170 170
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 141 0 22 7 170
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 160 0 3 5 168
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 168 168
Animal Science 0 0 2 156 0 6 2 166
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 0 154 154
History 0 0 0 112 0 10 11 133
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 92 0 28 11 131
Zoology 0 0 0 101 0 13 13 127
Criminology 0 0 0 127 0 0 0 127
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 91 31 4 0 126
Chemistry 0 0 0 67 0 13 36 116
Sociology 0 0 0 95 0 9 8 112
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 92 0 15 3 110
Romance Languages 0 0 0 89 0 8 12 109
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 0 0 108 108
Physics 0 0 0 54 0 18 34 106
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 81 0 9 14 104
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 3 0 97 0 0 0 100
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 60 0 38 0 98
General Architecture 0 0 0 68 0 29 0 97
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 69 0 13 15 97
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 96
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 86 0 6 0 92
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 90 0 0 1 91
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 90
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 89 0 0 0 89
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 72 0 10 6 88
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 42 0 27 19 88
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 82 0 3 0 85
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 79 0 0 0 79
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 62 0 12 5 79
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 72 0 0 0 72
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 44 0 2 25 71
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 24 4 43 0 71
Other Agriculture 0 0 0 70 0 0 0 70
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 69 0 0 0 69
Optometry 0 0 0 0 0 0 67 67
Anthropology 0 0 0 61 0 1 5 67
Music 0 0 0 26 0 17 23 66
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 54 0 1 9 64
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 62 0 0 0 62
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 59 0 0 0 59
Other Engineering 0 0 0 47 0 11 1 59
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 24 0 35 0 59
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 28 0 27 3 58
Genetics 0 0 0 49 0 2 3 54
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 40 0 6 8 54
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 39 0 11 3 53
Air Transportation 0 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 25 25 50
Food Science Technology 0 0 0 26 0 15 7 48
Plant Sciences 0 0 0 32 0 11 5 48
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 43 4 47
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 28 0 18 0 46
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 40 0 2 2 44
Journalism 0 0 0 43 0 0 0 43
Philosophy 0 0 0 35 0 1 7 43
Educational Administration 0 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Dental Support Services 0 0 0 35 0 5 0 40
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 32 0 5 1 38
Special Education 0 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Dance 0 0 0 26 0 8 2 36
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 32 0 2 0 34
Real Estate 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 33
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 31 0 31
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 30 1 31
International Business 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 17 0 4 5 26
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0 14 11 25
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 22 2 24
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 9 14 23
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 18 0 4 1 23
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 18 0 5 0 23
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 13 7 20
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 13 0 2 5 20
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 3 0 4 9 16
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 0 11 0 5 0 16
Public Policy 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 13
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 13
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 12
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Food Processing 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 10
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 10
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 10
Religious Studies 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 6
International Studies 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Insurance 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 21 3 2 11,596 45 2,750 1,689 16,106

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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