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Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Very good academics. The professors don't seem to care much about students for the most part but the ones that do care, care a lot. Curriculum is very intense and workloads are even worse but I definitely felt like I learned a lot from all my classes.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is very manageable, classes aren't too hard and you learn a lot. Professors are very accessible at office hours because no one goes to them even before a test, so even if you have a class of 100+ students you can get meaningful help from your professor.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The classes here can be very big as in up to 600+ students in one lecture hall, but the good part is there is a recitation class that allows a student to talk about the topics covered in the lecture in a smaller classroom with around 25 students in it. The professors vary here. Some are international and hard to understand and some are awesome at what they do and can really explain in detail so that the students are able to understand it the first time.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is always an opportunity to get into research because every staff member is required to do some sort of research.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload all depends on the professor. There are a lot of fun GE classes to chose from as well.

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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
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
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
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,078
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,006
Total FT Faculty
3,383
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,895
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
53%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
180
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 24 responses

  • 28% Jessie Owens - track & field star
  • 19% John Glenn - astronaut
  • 14% Jack Nicklaus - professional golfer
  • 14% R. L. Stine - author
  • 6% Bobby Knight - basketball coach
  • 4% John M. Matthias - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • 3% Dwight Yoakam - country music artist
  • 3% John Havlicek - basketball player
  • 3% Jake Ballard
  • 1% Cody Cousins
  • 1% The Ohio State University
  • 1% Muskingum
  • 1% Archie Griffin
  • 1% John Glenn didn't go here
  • 0% James Thurber - humorist/cartoonist
  • 0% Richard Lewis - actor/comedian

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 148 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 148 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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