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4 College Senior

Academics: Challenging but not too difficult (at least for my area of study)

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: workload is extremely intensive (landscape architecture)

5 College Freshman

Academics: Coming to OSU, I wasn't expecting to feel extremely challenged by the academics. However, my classes have proven to be challenging in the best way possible. I feel as if I'm growing as a student every day, and most professors and TAs are there to provide any extra help needed. There are endless study areas on our large campus, the most popular including Thompson Library and the Oval, our large central grassy area. It is easy to register for classes, but it may be difficult to get the classes you want as a freshman.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics offered here at Ohio State are endless there are so much for me to take and explore

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very intelligent on their subject matter and are usually very enthusiastic. Registering for classes is moderately easy, but classes can fill up quickly. The workload can be significant depending on the classes taken, but time management and personal desire for success makes the workload less overwhelming. There are many study groups and study locations such as the oval or Thompson Library.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 289 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 166 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 165 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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