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Colleges / The Ohio State University

Ohio State Student Life

Ohio State is on a 1,665-acre campus in an urban setting in Columbus, Ohio. There are many activities and organizations for Ohio State students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Ohio State also has fraternities and sororities.

Ohio State has a thriving Optometry Student Council. In fact, more students participate in Optometry Student Council than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Ohio State include International Friendships, Alpha Phi sorority, Amateur Radio Organization for Undergraduate Student Entertainment and Dentist Anesthesiologist Club for Students.

Ohio State students' favorite campus traditions are OUAB Fall Concert, Autumn Student Involvement Fair and BuckeyeThon dance marathon.

Ohio State Housing

Ohio State offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Ohio State students live off campus. In 2021, 33% of undergrads at Ohio State lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 67% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Ohio State. There are 14,496 spots available in on-campus housing for all 46,818 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 10,583 students chose to live on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Ohio State offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Ohio State Athletics

At Ohio State there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Ohio State:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Basketball Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cheerleading Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Fencing Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Gymnastics Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Ice Hockey Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Lacrosse Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Riflery Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Volleyball Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is Ohio State Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

The Ohio State University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Ohio State campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Ohio State offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Ohio State

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Ohio State, take Interstates 71/70 and State Rt. 315 to Columbus, OH. If you need to fly, book your flight to John Glenn Columbus International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Ohio you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Ohio State's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Ohio State Students

49%

Women

51%

Men

91%

Full Time

9%

Part Time

81%

In State

19%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

66%

8%

8%

7%

5%

4%

3%

0.08%

0.06%

Undergraduate Students

46,818

Graduate Students

14,573

Non-Resident / International Students

3,844

Ohio State Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

61,391

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

54%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$31,627

Out-of-State

$53,611

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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