Columbus, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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4 College Freshman

Academics: I feel like the advisors start ungrad freshman with a simple, capable schedule. The curriculum makes sense and isn't too hard.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are also extremely helpful and welcome students to visit them in their office hours.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It is wonderful to be in my major program. It offers a variety of electives and options which allows students to be able to fully customize their schedule. One unique thing is that instead of being locked in to certain degree requirements, it is possible to fulfill these requirements at Ohio State with a wide range of classes to suit your interests. The curriculum is tough, but doable and the facilities are top notch. Internship and job opportunities are plenty with huge medical centers being right off campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at this school are fantastic. The professors are often friendly and encourage students to come to office hours. The registration process is simple as well. I was able to create my dream schedule without any problems. In terms of study options and areas, there are thousands of locations. The library has private study rooms and there are study lounges offered in each dorm. One popular study area is in the Ohio Union where it feels like the campus living room.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am involved in both Business and Engineering, so I have a ton of opportunities through Ohio State. The work is tough, but it is expected as a college student.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Course Variety
  • 15th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 22nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 88th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 105th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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The feelings regarding professors and TAs are largely positive at OSU. Though feelings about the methods in which some courses are taught may differ a bit, one of the greatest advantages of OSU is the ease with which one can contact professors and TAs. OSU has a somewhat lax classroom environment compared to other schools, but don't be fooled: attending classes is still vital. Many courses weigh attendance and participation in your final grade, and beyond that, subject matter moves quickly and skipping even one class can put you in a deep hole. Don't make the mistake of thinking that a teacher will rigidly stick to the syllabus, either. Agendas change, and so do deadlines. You might be smart enough to skip a class for two weeks, but it won't matter if you miss a midterm because the date got changed and you didn't know.

School is what you make of it. OSU is a distinguished university with a top 25 national ranking, but that doesn't mean every professor will teach in a way that you prefer. It's a give-and-take situation. In some classes, there is a language barrier created by a foreign professor or TA; understanding calculus is difficult to begin with, but trying to learn from a teacher who speaks broken English makes it even harder. Luckily, most professors and TAs usually have at least one strong point that you can build from: constant communication. Talking to your instructors via phone, e-mail, or office visits can be incredibly important. Set up a meeting at a local coffee shop, or bake them a cake just to show them you mean business! Okay, so that might be going a bit overboard, but you get the idea.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 32%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 47%
  • 50 or More Students: 20%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Social Work
  • College of the Arts
  • Fisher College of Business
  • School of Allied Medical Professions
  • School of Environment and Natural Resources
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Foundations of Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 1%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Main Library
  • The Oval during the spring quarter
  • Science and Engineering Library (SEL)
  • Starbucks
  • Sullivant Library (aka Greek Community Library, aka Club Sulli)
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Be open-minded; this isn't high school anymore.
  • Don't be afraid to read something twice.
  • Don't stay undecided for too long.
  • Get to know your teachers and TAs.
  • If your grade looks too low, ask about it.
  • Make friends with classmates and study with them.
Did You Know?
  • The term "Buckeyes," in reference to Ohio State sports, actually comes from an older, broader use of the term-it used to refer to everyone who lived in the state of Ohio. The name was probably adopted because of the buckeye tree, the official tree of the state, or because Ohio is known as the "Buckeye State."
  • Don't watch your mailbox: all grades and bills are sent electronically to your University account, which can be accessed through OSU's network.
  • If you need some extra luck on finals, go to the main library and rub the nose of former OSU president William Oxley Thompson.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 28% Jessie Owens - track & field star
  • 20% John Glenn - astronaut
  • 15% Jack Nicklaus - professional golfer
  • 11% R. L. Stine - author
  • 5% Bobby Knight - basketball coach
  • 4% John M. Matthias - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • 3% Dwight Yoakam - country music artist
  • 2% John Havlicek - basketball player
  • 2% Jake Ballard
  • 2% Archie Griffin
  • 1% James Thurber - humorist/cartoonist
  • 1% Richard Lewis - actor/comedian
  • 1% Cody Cousins
  • 1% The Ohio State University
  • 1% Muskingum
  • 1% John Glenn didn't go here
  • 1% Archie Griffin!
  • 1% R. L. Stine
  • 1% John Glenn
  • 1% Jack Nicklaus

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 149 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 150 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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