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The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 4-Year Public

About Ohio State

The Ohio State University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Columbus, OH, less than an hour from Columbus.

Founded in 1870, the institution currently enrolls around 61,391 students a year, including 46,818 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Ohio State's endowment was valued at $5,242,541,150 in 2021. For each full-time student, Ohio State spends about $9,235.

2021 Admissions Facts About Ohio State

Acceptance rate: 54%

Mean ACT score: 29

Mean SAT score: 1307

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 31

What is The Ohio State University's acceptance rate?

It is very difficult to get into The Ohio State University. Around 54 percent of all applicants to Ohio State are accepted each year.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1307 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 29.

In 2021, 5,801 applicants were waitlisted and 114 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Ohio State a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 7,121 students who started at Ohio State as first-time freshman, 4,435 graduate within four years.

Ohio State's six-year graduation for undergrads is 86 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,242 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Ohio State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Ohio State a good school for YOU?

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February 31 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 31.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Ohio State in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

College Info

281 W. Lane Ave. Student Academic Services Building Columbus, OH 43210

Campus Setting: Urban

Ohio State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ohio State is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ohio State is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ohio State ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


28 to 32


28 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ohio State is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Ohio State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ohio State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1420


Math SAT Range

650 - 770


Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1300 to 1420


1300 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ohio State students is 1343. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ohio State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1300 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1300 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ohio State.

Ohio State Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Ohio State is like? There are approximately 61,391 students enrolled at Ohio State, including 46,818 undergraduate students and 14,573 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from OH and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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