Ohio State University-Main Campus in Columbus

Columbus, OH

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Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 1094-degree programs and 24 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 53%. The most popular test is SAT - 32% of students submitted it in comparison to 87% of students who submitted ACT. 50.6% are women, and 49.4% are men. 10% percents of international students. Ohio State University-Main Campus is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Ohio State University-Main Campus is 18068$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $15879 and $25785 per year. 83% of full-time Ohio State University-Main Campus students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $42,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Ohio State University-Main Campus is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Ohio State University-Main Campus students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,566
$30,001 - $48,000$12,647
$48,001 - $75,000$16,695
$75,001 - $110,000$20,492

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 11706


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


29286 of Ohio State University-Main Campus undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 65 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Ohio State University-Main Campus number 1 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Ohio.

Students at Ohio State University-Main Campus awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Ohio State University-Main Campus.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Ohio State University-Main Campus graduation rate is above the national average.

83% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Ohio State University-Main Campus completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

6 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Ohio State University-Main Campus acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 73%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 20%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Ohio State University-Main Campus acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 14%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Ohio State University-Main Campus full-time retention rate is 94% and part-time retention rate is 67%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Ohio State University-Main Campus students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1730 - 2050

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 560 - 670
Math: 610 - 720
Writing: 560 - 660

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Ohio State University-Main Campus students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
27 - 31

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 26 - 33
Math: 27 - 31
Writing: 8 - 9

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Ohio State University-Main Campus is 19:1, that means that for every 19 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Ohio State University-Main Campus the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Ohio State University-Main Campus and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Ohio.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 190 N. Oval Mall address in Columbus, Ohio.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Ohio State University-Main Campus with 0.33% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 1094 programs in total: 463 are for Bachelor's degree, 321 - for Master's degree, 274 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 3 - for Associate's degree, 3 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 3 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 40 universities in Franklin county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs offered. Ohio State University-Main Campus is one of the few institutions in Franklin that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 24 distance learning programs that are provided in the Ohio State University-Main Campus: 12 are for Master's degree, 9 - for Bachelor's degree and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Ohio state average data to help you compare.


Ohio State University-Main Campus provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 43538 students with 1306131 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 9445 with 226691 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 4449 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Ohio State University-Main Campus

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On the positive side, which is why she is staying instead of transferring to another college, she is enjoying her classes. Her teachers have by-and-large been engaging and responsive and most of her classes are (happily) more challenging than she'd expected. So when it comes to her education, we are getting a good bang for our buck, particularly since she earned several scholarships through OSU as well as a hospital where she volunteered throughout high school.Here are the problems: 1.) Her first advisor ignored her e-mails - I mean completely. At least this made her decision to switch majors easier. 2.) For health reasons, she can't eat dairy or meat and the cafeterias have inadequate alternatives, so she asked about getting a dorm with a kitchen her second year and received a terse response, which I interpreted as "suck it up." She offered to provide medical documentation, but to no avail. We already wasted money on a meal plan, that despite being inadequate, we are required to purchase. Every week she has useless swipes left while she purchases food off campus. So another year will begin with her trying to stay healthy, yet eat affordably with only a tiny fridge and a microwave rather than living with inadequate nutrition or the adverse side effects of dairy. 3.) Despite repeated requests, including from her family physician's office, Younkin Center flat-out refused to see her when she was struggling to adjust her first semester. (Her perception is that the center had she been an athlete, she would have gotten whatever she needed. )What's most maddening is how our mailbox was inundated with handwritten notes and other correspondence after she had been accepted, but had not made her decision. Once she accepted, it has been a deafening silence except for the e-mails that hit my inbox and mean absolutely nothing. Thankfully, we have family in Columbus so she isn't as alone as she could be.

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Overall Rating:

Ever since 14', I knew I wanted to go here. I'm still waiting for a reply to my application. I hope all goes well :')

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Overall Rating:

OSU pushes its political (Democratic) views on its students. President Drake is the new Where's Waldo (no one has ever seen him on campus). OSU is way over its student capacity limit. OSU only cares about its research and athletics then if a student truly enjoys their student experience at OSU. The best gym on campus which is JON have awful hours, the dining facility hours and the food for students who use on campus dining meal plan are plan and boring, there's not that many healthy options. The NRC is an immaculate example of students tuition being wasted. OSU wants to raise tuition but they don't care about creating solutions when it comes to cutting back on expenses, President Drake must be blinded at night by all the lights inside the buildings at night since he doesn't see how much of a financial waste keeping the lights on at night costs. I regret coming here. This school just sucks don't come here if you hate stupidity or piss poor leadership.

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Overall Rating:

As a graduate student, OSU is very teaching oriented school with many great opportunities.

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Overall Rating:

Excellent school. One of the largest universities but campus is easy to navigate and very manageable. Good location to Columbus.

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Location & Website

Address: 190 N. Oval Mall


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2926468600

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: osu.edu

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