You’ll love Columbus!
Columbus is a top-ranked city with a young, educated workforce and vibrant cultural scene. It’s home to Fortune 500 companies, the country’s top public library, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (voted America’s best by Time magazine).
a great first year
Ohio State’s focus on the first year includes programs specifically created to help students transition to Ohio State. First Year Experience (FYE) ranks among the nation’s best programs leading to academic success, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Some FYE Programs
• Success Series: Interactive sessions on finances, time management, debt management, health and wellness, diversity, and more
• Buckeye Book Community: New students read a selected text and take part in faculty-led discussions and author visits
• First Things First: A blog that keeps first-year students in the know about resources and events
• Outdoor Adventures: Fun summer programs that bridge the gap between orientation and the start of classes
Visit fye.osu.edu to find out more about featured events and FYE resources.
At a glance
Ranking: 16th among America’s public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
Location: Columbus, Ohio—the state capital and largest city
Columbus campus: More than 1,700 acres and 594 buildings
class of 2021 profile
• 96% of students ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class.
• 67% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class.
• ACT composite score range, middle 50%: 28–32 (2016 national average: 21)
• SAT score range (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math), middle 50%: 1310–1430; national average: 1082
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A beautiful campus in a dynamic city
As one of the most vital and vibrant institutions in the nation, The Ohio State University is a hub of innovation and culture. Men and women from all walks of life and all corners of the globe come here to discover new things about the world and about themselves. They go on to new opportunities, having nurtured their ambitions, honed their skills, and developed lifelong friendships.
Ohio State’s Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive, where more than 45,800 undergraduate students select from more than 200 areas of study and 492 academic specializations.
So, why consider Ohio State?
Ohio State graduates have a competitive advantage
If you’re looking for strong career preparation or admission to graduate or professional school, consider a university positioned to deliver résumé-building internships and co-ops, hands-on research experiences, character-building overseas study, and an alumni network with influence around the world.
In their survey of corporate recruiters, The Wall Street Journal ranked Ohio State 12th in the nation for the most sought-after graduates in the job market.
Ohio State invests in strong students
Ohio State awards a variety of merit awards to outstanding students. Visit meritawards.osu.edu for descriptions of scholarships, including the Provost, Maximus, and Eminence Scholarships and Morril Scholarship Program, ranging in value from $2,500 per year to the full cost of attendance, and the National Buckeye Scholarship, worth $12,500 per year to qualified students from out of state.
We’re a university of student-centered communities
Conventional wisdom says that the successful student at a large university finds a niche. Think of Ohio State as a university of niches—communities where students with common interests live, study, travel, and play well together. Possibilities include 17 learning communities, 17 Scholars Programs, and our Honors Program.
Open to all majors, Ohio State’s Honors and Scholars Programs offer unique opportunities for exceptional students. Interact with an accomplished, close-knit community of peers, take part in service and travel opportunities, develop ties with top faculty, and live in designated Honors and Scholars housing.
Ohio State is a smart investment
By delivering outstanding academic opportunity and quality for the price, Ohio State provides an excellent return on your tuition investment. Ohio State is consistently ranked among Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges.
We’ve got spirit, yes we do
There’s school spirit, and then there’s Buckeye spirit. With more than half a million living alumni in the world, joining the Buckeye community means tapping into a worldwide network whose members share a common bond and a love of all things Scarlet and Gray.
Columbus: smart and open
Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the 14th-largest city in the United States, with a metropolitan population of nearly two million.
Thanks to our diverse range of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, innovative start-ups, and thriving small businesses, Columbus consistently ranks as a top city for new grads and job growth. LinkedIn and Trulia rank Columbus a top five city for new college graduates looking to start a career.
Plus, Columbus offers all the cultural perks you would expect from a major city—active arts and music scenes, professional sports teams, 19 metro parks and more than 85 miles of bike trails, and diverse neighborhoods for shopping and dining.