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Incoming students on the main campus of Ohio State University are members of a large student population. More than 61,000 students attend classes here. About 46,800 students are undergraduates and the remaining 14,350 are graduate students. When students aren’t in class or studying, they’ll be able to easily spend time in the surrounding city of Columbus and enjoy their free time shopping, going to restaurants, or just relaxing. If you like to relax around nature, the Chadwick Arboretum North is close by.

Overview of Ohio State University (OSU)

Columbus is located near several highways and expressways, so it’s easy to get around. However, if you have your car on campus, be careful as you leave. Those expressways and highways can make for dangerous driving.

There is plenty of campus housing available; in fact, this is part of what you’re charged for, so it’s a good idea to live in the dorms.

The student-to-faculty ratio is a little high at 19 to 1, which means you might need to schedule appointments to see your professors during their office hours. They may not have enough time after class, even to answer a quick question, because their time is required elsewhere.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 84%
Year Founded 1870

Student Enrollment

Total Students61,170


Undergraduate Student

Male 23,878
Female 22,942

Graduate Student

Male 7,319
Female 7,032

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OSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 23,870
Female 24,207


Male 11,458
Female 13,556

Acceptance Rate52%

Male 48%
Female 56%

Enrollment 8,000

Male 2,640
Female 2,400
Application Fee $60
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

OSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Compared to other schools you may have considered, the total cost for an education at Ohio State University isn’t particularly high. This price includes tuition, room/board, books, supplies, and other costs. With all of that together, you’re looking at a total of around $27,912 a year.

Many families will still need some help covering this cost. In a recent academic year, the average net price was $18,694 - this is the amount remaining after financial aid has been taken into account. This cost varies depending on how much financial aid you qualify for, so it is broken down below by family income.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $8,932
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $9,861
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $13,982
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $21,364
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $24,348

Once your request for financial aid has been received, you can also be awarded grants, apply for scholarships and work-study, or apply for student loans, though that should be the last thing you do.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $18,694
Average Total Aid $10,273
Students Receiving Financial Aid 82%
Room & Board $12,748

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,084
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $32,061
  • Books and Supplies - $1,082
  • Room & Board - $12,748
  • Other - $2,998


The retention rate is the rate at which new students return and enroll at Ohio State University for their second year. For Ohio State, this is 95%, meaning that 95 out of every 100 students returns for their sophomore year.

Ohio State University’s 4-year graduation rate is 59%. However, it’s becoming more common for students to feel the need to wait for one or two more years before graduating. At the 6-year mark, the graduation percentage goes up to 84% of remaining students. Some degree programs are challenging enough that the extra two years is necessary.

If you find you need to work during the day, you won’t have the option of evening classes. However, Ohio State does offer distance learning (online education) for individual classes which may help you create some flex in your schedule.

Degree programs offered at Ohio State University include agriculture, architecture, biological and biomedical sciences, business, communication and journalism, education, engineering, English Language and Literature, family and consumer sciences/human sciences, foreign languages, health professions, history, legal professions and studies (graduate program), mathematics and statistics, natural resources and conservation, leisure and fitness studies, physical sciences, psychology, public administration and social service professions social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 61,170

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 2,222 Total Graduates / 20%
Finance, General 660 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 460 Graduates
Accounting 423 Graduates
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 152 Graduates
Operations Management and Supervision 137 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 1,737 Total Graduates / 16%
Computer Engineering, General 296 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 274 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 243 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 199 Graduates
Agricultural Engineering 159 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 1,061 Total Graduates / 10%
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 289 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 259 Graduates
Pharmacy 110 Graduates
Public Health, General 108 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist 91 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 1,041 Total Graduates / 9%
Economics, General 267 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 266 Graduates
Criminology 110 Graduates
Sociology 85 Graduates
Anthropology 57 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 890 Total Graduates / 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 413 Graduates
Neuroscience 209 Graduates
Zoology/Animal Biology 95 Graduates
Microbiology, General 53 Graduates
Biochemistry 44 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 520 Total Graduates / 6%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 452 Graduates
Journalism 43 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 25 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 33%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate and start earning a regular salary, you should find that your income is higher than what you paid for tuition and fees. Graduate’s average salaries are $70,000. Early-career salaries are a little lower at $55,300 and mid-career salaries jump to around $98,600.

The total cost of education is the net price, which for Ohio State comes in at around $74,776+. However, once you start earning an income, you’ll be able to recognize a return on your educational investment (ROI). With a graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential being $700,000 and their 10-year projected ROI being $625,224, you can see by the numbers how much your education will help you.

High school graduates who do not attend college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $55,300
College Grads Average Salary $70,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $98,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $700,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,686,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $74,776
10 Year Projected ROI $625,224
20 Year Projected ROI $1,611,224
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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