Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 43,058 undergraduates
Percent Women: 47 percent
Tuition (one year): In-state: $20,810; Out-of-state: $36,526
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Psychology, Finance, Accounting, Marketing
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 64 percent
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Ohio State University’s website at undergrad.osu.edu.
Why Choose Ohio State University?
"One of the many reasons I chose OSU was simply to call myself a Buckeye. I have lived in Columbus my whole life and always considered myself a Buckeye, but now it's official!"
"I chose OSU because of how big it is! There are so many ways to get involved and so many different things to do!"
"I wanted to be a part of the spirit on campus. Even the alumni in Dallas, where I’m from, were so excited to initiate a new generation of Buckeyes, even though they were a thousand miles away from the school itself."
"Coming from a small high school, I was excited to enter a community where I could cultivate a whole new identity. It's such a big school that you can totally reinvent yourself if you want to, but it's definitely not hard to find your own niche here, either! I also wanted to experience all of the opportunities at OSU--they're completely incomparable. I can't imagine myself anywhere else now."
"I chose OSU because I knew that, even when I wasn’t on campus or even in Ohio, I would always be a Buckeye. I could not wait to yell ‘O-H’ to a crowd in a random city and still hear at least one person yell ‘I-O!’ back."
"Sometimes at football games, when they play the National Anthem, I start singing Carmen Ohio because I automatically associate it as our anthem."
"The amenitites and services that Ohio State provides are probably my favorite part. There are numerous work out facilities, libraries, and student organization resources. My favorites of all of these are the RPAC (tons of work out equpiment, group fitness classes, an aquatic facility), Thompson Library (11 floors of really nice study areas and research tools), and the Ohio Union (a bunch of rooms to use whenever you want, multiple dining areas, and the Resource Room to serve all creative needs possible). You just can't beat the offerings at Ohio State."
"Ohio state, to me, offers above all a great support system. Whether it's a game day being immersed in scarlet and gray, being at Thompson Library working on midterms and finals, or even just walking around campus (especially during Oval Beach weather), the campus offers this energy that just seems to run through every Buckeye's blood. Everyone is consistently on the same page and lives to inspire and motivate each other. Everyone is constantly involved in so much and the togetherness Ohio State has to offer, especially being one of the largest universities in the world, is incomparable."
"The Mirror Lake Jump is a classic Buckeye tradition that brings together a large university and makes it feel small."
"A few of my favorite things about coming to OSU are the football games, campus life, and Mirror Lake Jump. I love football season because there is so much spirit. You wake up the day of the game and look out your window and all you see is red. I like campus life because there are always so many people around. Transferring from a small school to OSU was a big change and I love it. And lastly, the Mirror Lake Jump is fun for everyone; people come from outside of Columbus to watch. So many people celebrating and cheering for the victory of OSU is sweet."
"Propably the biggest aspect of OSU that needs improvement is that amount of construction that goes on around campus. Which is ironic because the constrcution is taking place to make improvements ... but it's really inconvenient for the students. Couldn't they space the projects out a little more?"
"My least favorite part about Ohio State is the parking situation. If you want to park on campus (AKA be anywhere near your classes or work), you have to buy a really expensive parking pass, but even then the number of spaces in which student passes can park are limited. Otherwise, you have to park at a meter and return to feed the meter every two hours. Beyond that, even the parking lots and streets surrounding campus are metered or require a city permit. Basically, if you drive to campus, you have to pay an arm and a leg or you have to park so far that you might as well have just walked from home."
"As a student athlete, I think one part of OSU that needs to be improved is attention and resources given to other sport teams, club teams, and organizations. The two big sports (basketball and football) get a lot of attention and goodies, but no one knows about the other sports unless you seek them out. We're all Buckeyes, not just the football players."
"Honestly, the safety on and aorund campus could use some work. Dont get me wrong--we have great resources, like the campus police and Student Safety Services, but you can't help but feel a little sketchy walking home late at night. When I walk home late from work, I don't usually see anyone, which is good in terms of avoiding harm, but it means I'm not seeing anyone patrolling, either. There were a few robberies and assaults off campus this year, so that made everyone cautious for a while, but I think [the Columbus Police Department] has done a great job catching those guys."
"Well, lately the [Campus Area Bus Service] busses have been really crowded in the cold, so maybe running more busses would be a good improvement. I ride the East Residential because I live off campus and it's usually standing-room-only these days."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I'm loving my freshman year here so far. It's really easy to get there and meet people if you can just get over being shy and look for the resources! There is an involvement fair held each semester where you can learn about a bunch of clubs and organizations on campus and everyone is always willing to talk to you about getting involved!"
"I just transferred to Ohio State at the semester and I feel like I have been here all year! People are just really friendly and inclusive, so you never feel like you don't belong here at OSU."
"No one should let the large school setting intimidate them; after the first week of classes, you get the hang of everything on campus!"
"I can't speak for how other people reacted to being on their own for probably the first time, but my third night in the dorm, I just sat in the middle of the floor and cried for a while. Luckily, my roommate wasn't home. I was just overwhelmed by being alone most of the time. But once I got all of that out, I went next door to the girls' room who I had met the other day and hung out with them. I felt a lot better after that. I just had to keep my head up and the great people that I've met here really helped with that."
"I'm pumped about this being my first year because OSU just rennovated a lot of the freshman dorms and they're really nice--I've heard they were pretty lackluster before..."
"I didn't know anyone when I came to Ohio State because I came from so far away. It hasn't been hard at all to make friends, though, because eveyone here wants to make friends, too! I'm mostly friends with freshman right now, but I've met some upperclassmen is classes and my organizations and none of them look down on me for being a freshman. Also, there are plenty of places you can hang out on the weekends that you don't need to be 21 to get in. A lot of bars in Columbus have 18+ nights, so you don't need to feel like you're missing out because you're young! It's great!"
All About Academics
"My classes at Ohio State have been very challenging, but have definitely prepared me for the real world."
"There are endless places to study on campus, but you can never go wrong with Thompson Library. It's huge and a good place to hunker down and focus for a few hours ... plus there's a cafe it in so you can refuel!"
"People think of sports when they hear Ohio State, but the academics are the really impressive part. We have over a hundred majors and minors, plus you can just build your own somehow, I've heard of that being done. The requirements to get your degree in something are not out of hand -- I'm going to graduate with two majors and a minor in four years, I don't need any extra time. You can choose to do a senior thesis or not, and you can choose to do a research project or not. A lot of your academics is totally up to you, but there are plenty of advisors to help you along the way."
"I wish someone would do a study of how many physical seats are available as study options on campus because I'd bet it's in the thousands. There are your conventional study rooms and tables in all the libraries and dorms and the Ohio Union, but every class building also has a bunch of seats and benches and tables stren throughout the hallways where you can study between classes. It's very convenient."
"Thompson library seems like the epitome of academics to me. There are 11 floors of study space, with more than half those floors containing stacks and stacks of reference books for research. There are always librarians willing to help you find something or come up with resources on a topic. Also, some of the most underutilized resources in Thompson are its ability to share materials with multitudes of libraries elsewhere if they don't have what you need and the Rare Books Room that contains tons of rare, antique books and manuscripts that you can't find anywhere else. There's a lot on Shakespeare (I'm an English nerd)."
Learn from the Best
"My favorite class was with David Reide and it was a Literary Locations class that studied Florentine art and literature and then traveled to Italy. Professor Reide comes off a little dry at first, but his sharp wit is so amusing in this way that catches you off guard, and I really enjoy professors who take you by surprise -- especially by climbing to the top of a church dome in Italy at his age. Talk about a surprise."
"I love my visual communication design class because it allows me to channel my creativity in a professional way."
"I’ve had a lot of great professors at OSU, it’s hard to pick just one. I really like all of my nursing professors, specifically. I am currently in a Women’s Studies class and it’s very eye-opening and it’s a good break from all of my nursing classes. I only go to office hours when I have questions, but the professors are always very friendly and willing to help."
"I'm an English major and I've experienced class with many of the professors in the department, but far and away, my favorite English professor has been Amapal Garcha. I had him for a class about the later 19th century, Victorian utopian and dystopian literature. He makes a usually boring subject very relatable, and entertaining, even. I plan to have him as many times as I can."
"I loved my Swahili class so much because Mzee Umbisa was such a great professor. He was so kind and caring and made the class really fun. I made lots of friends in the class, and he even took us out for lunch at the end of the semester."
Interests & Involvement
"One of the reasons I chose OSU is for all the opportunities it has through its student orgs! There’s over 1,000 orgs to join and if we don’t have it here at OSU, you can SO easily make it happen yourself! I’m involved in a few orgs on campus, but my heaviest involvement is in APO, a service fraternity. It’s where I found my place on campus, my home, my best friends, one of my roommates for next year, and even myself in a lot of ways!"
"There are so many ways to get involved at OSU: sport clubs, art clubs, academic clubs, Greek life, professional fraternities--the list goes on and on."
"My favorite org on campus is Undergraduate Student Government, or USG. I want to go into politics to make a difference and USG is a great way to get experience networking, collaborating, and putting myself out there to enact change at Ohio State."
"You can be as involved or as uninvolved as you want here at Ohio State. No one will make you participate in any club, but there are hundreds of options if you DO want to participate! Also, there are a lot of organizations that can be beneficial for your future, like the pre-law co-ed fraternity I'm in, Phi Alpha Delta. We do a lot of networking, resume building, and personal statement workshops that will really help me when it comes time for law school."
"My favorite opportunity for involvement at Ohio State is the intramural sports teams. I don't want want to be a college athlete, that's a huge time commitment, but I don't want to give up sports entirely. The intramural teams are great options for getting active and competitive, but still have fun with your friends."
"All the traditions of Ohio State football are what make it so much fun. Win or lose, we always sing Carmen Ohio.”
"I actually like basketball games more than football. The energy in the Nut House is so crazy!"
"The best part about OSU sports is the sense of community it gives everyone. On game days, we all come together as a united front to support our Bucks and it just gives you a sense of belonging. Being a Buckeye is being a part of something special and you can't beat that feeling."
"The school spirit at Ohio State is unbeatable. The atmosphere around campus for game days is incredible; it definitely makes fall the best time of the year!"
"There's nothing better than being a Buckeye! The whole campus comes together as a unit, win or lose, we all share in the craziness that is Ohio State sports. Everyone that goes here undoubtably becomes a Buckeye for life!"
"On campus I think female students hold almost, if not completely, equal footing as men. This comes from my experiences in organizations affiliated and not affiliated with Ohio State and being in the classroom. That being said, 5 out of our 19 Board of Trustees are women, and with OSU appointing more women to jobs within the university, we will become even more of a presence on campus."
"One of my favorite things about being a girl on campus are the unspoken fashion rules during a day between all the girls on campus. If you have an early class and roll in wearing sweat pants or leggings looking like you just rolled out of bed, there is no judgement from anyone because you are all in the same place. I like to look nice later in the day, but having to do that first thing in the morning sometimes just isn't a possibility."
"There are any number of outlets for women to express themselves at Ohio State, whether you're more traditional or a big proponent of feminism. There is a Women's Studies major for those interested in that, there are co-ed organizations like professional fraternities and social clubs, and there are all-women organizations, like Her Campus and Women's Glee. It's not hard to find your niche as a woman at OSU."
"I love being a female at Ohio State, especially for the Greek Life. We have so many sororities to choose from and I definitely found my home in mine. It's also a lot of fun to be able to socialize with the guys in teh fraternities all the time -- they're all pretty cute!"
"Ohio State is a great place to be as a female. There are tons of opportunities for women to grow in any way they want--as an engineering major, a fashion major, a work out fiend, a sports fanatic, a bartender. You can't go wrong here!"
Food & Drink
"You can always easily find a place for coffee!"
"There are a lot of healthy options at the dining halls on campus."
"My favorite dining hall is Sloopy's because there are so many different options, they have a special every day, they have great dessert options, they serve breakfast all day, and they're open really late so you have a really convenient dining option after a night out on your way back home."
"Some of the best food that people here get really excited for are the Sloopy’s pancakes, steak night at Kennedy’s, and the grilled cheese at the Union."
"There are plenty of vegetarian options to find here."
"There are a lot of places on High Street, which is a short walking distance from campus. Panera is right by campus and I love Panera, so that’s always a plus."
"There's something for everyone. Ohio State is so big that you may have to search for it, but you'll always have friends or find people who share the same interests. It's the perfect place to figure out what you love to do after class."
"I think Ohio State has the kind of social life you think of when you think of 'college.' It's a good mix between social organizations, Greek life, and, don't get me wrong, an awesome night life, where you can really find a niche and love it. OSU is so big, but when you immerse yourself in the social life here, your group of friends grows and it starts to feel like home. Just with 60,000 family members."
"Whether you're under or over 21, there are bars on campus to frequent most nights. A couple of the bars have designated 18+ nights (including bars downtown), so you can get a taste of the good life before you're of age. Then, as a 21-year-old, you have plenty of bar options for whatever mood you're in: chill dive bars, loud dancing bars, great sports bars--your options are unparalleled."
"Ohio State is great for having a social life, especially when you're a freshman living on campus. You always have the option to go to parties off campus, but there are always things happening on campus as a more structured alternative. OUAB hosts tons of great events for students to attend and dorm floors often have gatherings for their residents."
"There is something for everyone at Ohio State in terms of a social life. If you like to drink, there are a lot of bars to choose from, most having drink specials most nights. It's really cool that, if you wanted to, you could go to a different bar each night for its specials. But if you don't like to drink, there are a lot of alternatives, too! Gateway movie theater is right off campus, there are a lot of restaurants you can enjoy with friends, and campus usually has sober events going on that you can pick over alcohol any night."
"Freshman year, I lived in a dorm on North Campus which is definitely a quieter area than South Campus. I lived in a quad with three other girls. I was assigned to them randomly, but I know a lot of people who picked their roommates, too. I definitely felt safe on campus in the dorms and the living communities at OSU provide freshmen with many activities and opportunities to meet people and make friends on your floor."
"My favorite thing about living in a residence hall is being able to live with all of my friends and making lasting memories."
"It's cool that OSU does housing based on an academic program you might be in, like the Honors program or one of the Scholars programs. That way you can ensure that you live near people with whom you share similar interests. Of course, you can choose not to live in said housing and just be randomly assigned to a dorm. It's also nice that there are so many housing options -- that's one benefit of OSU's size. You can live on the quieter, more studious North Campus, the more lively South Campus, or the far-from-everything-except-the-RPAC (Recreation and Physical Activity Center) West Campus. All great options for different personalities."
"I lived on South Campus freshman year with a random roommate and became really close with everyone on my floor. My sophomore year, I moved off campus with a couple of the girls I knew from my dorm freshman year. Most people move off campus after their first year. At OSU, we’re lucky because there are so many different housing options and areas to live in both on and off campus."
"My favorite memory from living in Smith-Steeb was being able to watch the away football games with other students and making it seem like a home game with all the excitement and spirit."
"I love going down to the Short North because of the diverse crowd!"
"Columbus is a great city to go to school in because right outside of campus are a bunch of different areas with great places to explore. The Short North is right down High Street and contains a lot of artsy and cultural venues. Right beyond the Short North is downtown and the Arena District, which is great for going out on the weekends. You can go to a Blue Jackets game or hit up any of the great bars down there. It's not your typical college town and that's what I like so much about it."
"My favorite part about Ohio State being right in the middle of Columbus is that it's really close to three different malls: Easton, Tuttle, and Polaris. They're just quick trips up the freeway, and there's even a city bus that goes from OSU to Easton if you don't have a car. For a shopaholic like me, that's imperative to my life. They're also good options to get jobs. You're not restricted to just working on campus."
"I love eating in the Short North because of the amazing variety at places like: Arch City, the Pearl, Haiku, the Rossi, Marcella's, etc."
"Having options to go out other than campus is really great because you tend to get tired of the campus bar scene as you get older. Going out in the Short North or Arena District, though, gives you an older crowd of yo-pros to hang out with. It's so nice of Columbus to give us so many social options!"
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