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The Ohio State University at Columbus

Columbus, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

About Ohio State

The Ohio State University Overview

The Ohio State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State was founded in 1870 and the school presently has around 61,677 students per year, including 47,106 undergrad students. Ohio State provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Ohio State for Fall 2023 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by March 31.

Student Involvement at Ohio State

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Ohio State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Ohio State has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Ohio State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Ohio State on the Student Life page.

2022 Ohio State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 64%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 64%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 21%
In-State Tuition $11,936
Out-of-State $36,173
Percent of Need Met 72%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,813

Is Ohio State a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Ohio State offers and if the school might be the right college for you.

Ohio State Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Ohio State. Around 57% of applicants get into Ohio State each year. Out of 58,180 applications received in 2022, 33,269 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ohio State

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Ohio State, around 94% come back the next year. Ohio Statehas a six year graduation rate of 88 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Ohio State Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Ohio State directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Ohio State's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Ohio State's endowment was valued at $6.8 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Ohio State

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Ohio State meets 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Ohio State full-time are awarded $15,813 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $26,772 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ohio State.

Based on this information, is Ohio State the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Ohio State a good school for you?

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Where is Ohio State?

Ohio State is located in the urban setting of Columbus, Ohio, less than an hour from Columbus.

If you want to see Ohio State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 71/70 and State Rt. 315 to Columbus, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Glenn Columbus International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Ohio State and Columbus are like without leaving home.

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College Info

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

Campus Setting: Urban

Ohio State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ohio State is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ohio State is May 1.

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

Ohio State ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


26 to 32


26 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 26 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ohio State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1420


Math SAT Range

630 - 740


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1260 to 1420


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ohio State students is 1336. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ohio State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 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 61,677 students enrolled at Ohio State, including 47,106 undergraduate students and 14,571 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 80% percent are from OH and 20% percent of students are from other states.


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