The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio
4-year Public university


The Ohio State University—Columbus is a public institution established in 1870 with urban setting located at Columbus. It is ranked 43 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. OSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, as well as a Personalized Study Program where students can design a nontraditional education. Students can participate in more than 1,000 on-campus clubs and organizations, including about 60 fraternities and sororities, or volunteer through the Pay It Forward program.

#43 in National Universities
Location Columbus, Ohio
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1870
Selectivity Low
Size Large
46,123 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation And Materials Moving
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $12,485
Outstate Tuition Fee $36,722
Room and Board Fees $13,966
$45,201 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


53% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

79 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

you have completed three full years of school at a U.S. regionally accredited high school or if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from English speaking country or, Sufficient scores on SAT/ACT

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$16,449 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$14,466 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $53,833
41% Students with need received Financial Aid
25.2% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline: February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

International Research and Scholarship Grant
Total Worth range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Eligibility undergraduate students
Minimum Criteria Based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline December 11
Maximus Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000-3,000 per year
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Based on highly competitive as demonstrated through grade point average, class rank (if available), rigor of high school curriculum, and ACT or SAT scores (if available).
Requirement for maintenance Minimum GPA of 3.2 measured at the end of the second year and annually thereafter
Separate application needed No
Application deadline November 1
National Buckeye Scholarship
Total Worth Up to $13,500
Eligibility non-Ohio residents
Minimum Criteria Based on highly competitive as demonstrated through grade point average, class rank (if available), rigor of high school curriculum, and ACT or SAT scores (if available).
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund Scholarships
Total Worth Full-tuition
Details Undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in publishing or publication. Application Deadline: February 1


46,123 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
94% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
69% Students graduate within 6 years