That’s The Ohio State University, thank you very much. One of the nation’s largest, and most prestigious, public universities, with a renowned international relations program, a celebrated football team, and a lively Columbus campus, The Ohio State University offers a little something for everyone!

OSU: The Basics



Liberal Arts

Research University

Affiliation: Secular (nonreligious)

The Location (Columbus, OH):

Columbus is not only the capital of Ohio, it’s also its largest and most populous city! The city has been growing rapidly since 2010, with a network of urban parks and a revitalized downtown with shopping, dining, and a popular summer Restaurant Week. With a variety of festivals and attractions every year, including the Ohio State Fair and a roller derby tournament, there’s always something to do!

The Numbers

Admission Rate


Average High School GPA


Preferred Standardized Test 


Average SAT Score 

620-740 Math; 590-690 ERW

Average ACT Score 


Accepts ACT Superscore?


Application Deadline

 February 1

Accepts Common App?


Tuition (Annual)

 $11,516 in-state; $33,502 out-of-state


46,984 undergraduates

Average Class Size


You’d Make a Buckeye If:

  • You love to meet new people. With nearly 50,000 undergraduates, OSU boasts one of the largest campuses in the United States. If you’re extroverted and outgoing, you’ll never run out of new faces!
  • You’re a football fan! OSU’s football team, valued at a record-setting $1.5 million, is one of the most celebrated in the nation. Be sure to wear red and white for “the Game” against rival Michigan every November!
  • You’re a fan of cartoons! OSU is home to the Ohio State Cartoon Library and Museum — the world’s single largest collection of original cartoons, comics and cartoon art!

Fun Fact(s):

Why is it “The” Ohio State University? You’d have to take that up with Rutherford B. Hayes! Before he was elected president, Hayes served as governor of Ohio, and directed the Ohio General Assembly to transform what was then the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College into a selective university — and in 1878, the Assembly passed a resolution renaming the school “The Ohio State University.”

Famous Alumni:

R. L. Stine:

Roy Lichtenstein:

Jesse Owens:

Arthur M. Schlesinger:

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