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Ohio State University is a public research university, and currently has the third largest university campus in the United States. Located in Columbus, Ohio, it was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university.  Now the university has also established regional campuses in Lewis Center (the Delaware Center), Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. Furthermore, Ohio State operates small campuses and research facilities at the Gibraltar Island, the Ohio agricultural research and development center, and the Ohio agricultural research institute in Wooster.

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ohio as the best public university in the state, while it has also been chosen as the flagship institution of Ohio’s public universities by the newly centralized University system of Ohio. Additionally, Ohio State is the only public university in Ohio to which the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has given both its highest overall classification of Doctoral/Very High Research Activity and highest undergraduate admissions classification. Ohio State is one of a few top quality American universities, providing multiple area studies programs under "Comprehensive National Resource Center" (often called "Title VI") funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The most notable of these is the Center for Slavic and East European Studies founded in 1965 by Professor Leon Twarog. Afterwards Ohio State's Middle Eastern Studies Center and East Asian Studies Center also achieved Comprehensive National Resource Center status. Finally, the university is home to the interdisciplinary Mershon Center for International Security Studies, which was founded in 1952 through a donation of 7 million dollars from alumnus Colonel Ralph D. Mershon.

The university has excellent recreational sports facilities, situated throughout the campus, all of which operating in convenient hours. Ohio State prides two of the best recreation facilities in the country, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center and its West Campus satellite facility, the Adventure Recreation Center. That's in addition to the Jesse Owens Recreation Centers on south and north campus and the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center. On top of that, there are over 70 acres of outdoor facility space, stretching across campus. All of the facilities require a membership, but are very conveniently located for students.

When it comes to academics, Ohio State operates the 18th largest university research library in North America with a combined collection of over 5.8 million volumes. The university’s library system comprises twenty-one libraries located on its Columbus campus, receiving approximately 35,000 serial titles on a regular basis.

Ohio State University is also well-known for its exceptional research facilities that include: the Aeronautical/Astronautical Research Laboratory; the Center for Automotive Research; the Chadwick Arboretum; the Byrd Polar Research Center; the Biological Research Tower; the Large Binocular Telescope ; the Electroscience Laboratory; the Mershon Center for International Security Studies; the Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, OH; and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Ohio State's main campus is spread on 3,469 acres of land, and is approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the city's center. The Enarson Hall, Hayes Hall, Ohio Stadium, and Orton Hall are the four buildings on campus that are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main campus boasts a lot of green space, facilities and a nice mixture of historical and modern buildings. As discussed earlier, Ohio uni owns a couple of other campuses, spread throughout the state:

Ohio State Lima – it is spread on 565 acres, very close to the I-75 corridor, shopping, and student housing. Lima offers all the course work in eight bachelor’s degree areas and two baccalaureate completion programs, as well as four master’s degrees and an Associate of Arts degree.

Ohio State Mansfield – on this campus students can enroll on five bachelor’s degrees, three master’s degrees, an Associate of Arts degree, and begin any one of Ohio State’s majors. Student housing, internships, study abroad opportunities, and student recreation are all part of the student life in this picturesque, wooded campus.

Ohio State Marion - just a short drive north of Columbus, both Ohio State Marion and its Delaware Center offer state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, an expansive library, a new student services facility, an active student life, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities, free tutoring services, and much more.

Ohio State Newark – this location provides several bachelor’s and master’s degree programs together with courses toward any of Ohio State’s majors. Other advantages of this campus are ensured housing, over 35 active student organizations, and a beautiful new student center.

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster – this is the most suitable option for students seeking degrees in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, business, construction, and hydraulics. ATI offers world-class technical educational facilities on a residential campus where students can practice and apply what they learn in the classroom.

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Undergraduate Admissions, Student Academic Services Bldg., Rm. 621,281 W. Lane Ave. , Columbus, Ohio, The United States, 43210

More information about Academic Programs

The Ohio State University comprises the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Engineering
    • Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    • School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Division of Arts and Humanities
      • School of Music
    • Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    • Division of Social and Behavior Sciences
      • School of Communication
  • Graduate School
  • John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • Max M. Fisher College of Business
  • Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate admissions to Ohio State are classified as “more selective” by The US News & World Report, while it is also regarded as the most selective public university in Ohio. The 2009 freshman class had an acceptance rate of 52%, with 54% of students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class, and 87% in the top 25% of their class.

The university states three primary factors that play a significant role in the admissions process:

  1. Ohio State requires that the college preparatory curriculum is successfully completed, while students exceeding the minimum requirements for math, natural sciences, or foreign languages will be given additional consideration. Here are the recommended number of units for each subject: 4 units of English  3 (4) units of math  3 units of natural science with significant lab experience 2 (3) units of social science  2 (3) units of the same foreign language  1 unit of a visual or performing art  1 additional unit of the above courses
  2. Performance in high school as shown by class rank or grade point average.
  3. Performance on the ACT or SAT

The university pays extra attention to students who have attended a competitive high school, or such students who have been taking accelerated courses, like honors, AP, or IB. The same applies if you provide cultural, economic, racial, or geographic diversity, or have demonstrated an exceptional talent in a given area. Applicants with extensive involvement in extracurricular activities or work experience are also paid special attention. Any physical condition or illness that has hindered your academic performance will be taken into consideration, too.

As far as international students are concerned, they need to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language, where the requirements are the following:

  • an official score of at least 527 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an official score of at least 71 on the Internet-based TOEFL
  • an official score of at least 79 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • an official SAT Critical Reading and Verbal score of at least 500
  • an official ACT English score of at least 21
  • an official band score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Financial Aid

Students at Ohio State University are expected to contribute as much as possible to their education, and financial aid is usually given to bridge the gap between the resources they already have and the total amount they are going to need for tuition and living expenses.

The university currently offers the following scholarship programs:

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Medalist Scholarship
  • Maximus Scholarship
  • Provost Scholarship
  • Scholarship for National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars
  • National Buckeye Scholarship
  • Trustees Scholarship
  • Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship
  • Distinction Scholarship
  • Prominence Scholarship
  • Excellence Scholarship
  • International Undergraduate Scholarship

Together with a range of financial aid and academic services for African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Ohio Appalachian students.


There are 38 residence halls on the main campus, which are divided into three geographic ‘regions’: South Campus (site of the university's original dormitories), North Campus (largely constructed during the post-war enrollment boom), and West Campus or "The Towers." Furthermore, there are 40 smaller living and learning environments, established on the basis of various social or academic considerations. Honors residence halls are offered by the university, too, and they are: Bradley Hall, Lincoln House, Siebert Hall, and Taylor Tower. The amenities available in the residence halls include combination microwave/refrigerator; cable TV; internet access; Laundry facilities; smoke detectors in all resident rooms and on all residence hall floors, and vending machines. Moreover, there are Ping-Pong tables, pool tables, pianos and performance rooms also available to students. Students can receive the dimensions of their room, once they are assigned one, in order to plan furnishing.

Graduate and professional students are offered separate housing options on the Southern tier of campus near the medical complex. There is also family housing, provided at Buckeye Village at the far northern edge of campus beyond the athletic complex. Finally, some new apartments have been built for law students in conjunction with the area's Campus Gateway project.

The Campus Area Bus Service provides convenient transportation in and around the Columbus Campus.  CABS is part of the University's Transportation & Parking Services department, so no ID or bus pass is needed to ride on regularly scheduled on-campus CABS buses.

Services and Activities

There are over 1,000 student organizations engaging students in a great number of interest areas, including athletic, academic, social, religious, artistic, service-based, etc. The Block ‘O’ is currently the largest student-run organization on campus, while the university’s debate team has won the state National Forensics Association tournament a number of times.

Moreover, the university has a strong tradition of high-quality bands, and an example is the the marching band, which is the largest all-brass and percussion band in the world. The band is famous for "Script Ohio", during which the band marches single-file through the curves of the word "Ohio”. Furthermore, the university is strongly recognized for its exceptional choral performance. The Ohio State Men's Glee Club, formed in 1875, is the oldest organization on campus, which in 1990 became the first American chore to be named ‘Choir of the World’ at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangolen, Wales.

There is also a team of engineering students at the university's "Center for Automotive Research-Intelligent Transportation" who designed, built and managed Ohio State's "Buckeye Bullet" electric car, breaking the world record for the fastest speed by an electric vehicle on October 3, 2004, with a speed of 271.737 mph (437.3 km/h).

As far as sports are concerned, Ohio State is one of only three universities to have won national championships in all three major men's sports - baseball, men's basketball, and football. We also have to mention that Ohio State University is one of only two other institutions to appear in the national championship games in both football and men's basketball in the same calendar year. To end with, Ohio State has won national championships in men's swimming & diving, men's outdoor track & field, men's golf, men's gymnastics, men's fencing, co-ed fencing, and multiple synchronized swimming championships.

Columbus is a city with a friendly atmosphere, representing a good mixture of modern and historic architecture and an amazing pool of attractions – an exceptional visual and performing arts scene, a variety of restaurants, exciting sports, a well-known zoo, and a lot of specialty shops, outlets, and malls to meet every taste and expectation. Not to forget the special-events calendar that is totally going to convince you that the city is abundant in activities and entertainment.

Some of the places of interest worth mentioning are the Center of Science and Industry (COSI, on the west bank of the Scioto River); the Santa Maria replica docked on the downtown riverfront; three historic downtown theaters (the Ohio Theatre, the Palace, and the Great Southern); the Columbus Zoo; and a wide range of festivals and cultural events.

Sports enthusiasts will not be disappointed either, with the wide choice of professional and collegiate sports, including the Ohio State Buckeyes; the Columbus Crew (major league soccer); Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL hockey); Columbus Clippers (AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals); and the Columbus Destroyers (arena league football). The arena district also offers some exciting nightlife venues and convenient hotel options.

Finally, worth mentioning is the German village, located south of the city center, which is USA’s biggest privately restored historic neighborhood. There is also the Short North arts district, often referred to as Columbus's version of SoHo.