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Ohio State Student Life

Ohio State is on a 1,665-acre campus in an urban setting in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has many clubs, organizations, and activities for 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. 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, 1,583 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

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

Safety at Ohio State

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. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

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 to 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

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 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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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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