Ohio State University


The Ohio State University is a public research university, originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. It is considered to be one of America’s Public Ivy universities. With an acceptance rate of 52% in 2009 freshman class, the university has a more selective standard for enrollment.

Founded in 1870, the university is located in Columbus, Ohio, United States.

The University offers degrees in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate of the university is 93% and high graduation rate mainly concentrates on 6-year graduation which accounts for 78%.

The mission of Ohio State University is:

Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.


The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).


Ohio State University comprises dozens of colleges and schools ranging from architecture, arts and sciences to social work.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Psychology, General
  2. Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  3. English Language and Literature, General
  4. Finance, General
  5. Marketing/Marketing Management, General

U.S. News & World Report’s places Ohio State as the 18th best public university and 55th overall ranked university in America in 2012.

With 31.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, the university has a rate of 99% in full-time faculty with Ph.D or terminal degree and only 1% of classes are taught by graduate assistants.


Applicants for the university are required to have taken either SAT or ACT tests, and ACT with writing test is required as well. Moreover, High school diploma is necessary and GED is accepted. Among academic factors considered application essay is not as important as others and within nonacademic factors considered extracurricular activities, first-generation college student and talent/ability are attached great importance to.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 9,735 for students who are in-state and for those who are out of state it is USD 24,630. Students spend USD 1,554 for books and USD 10,215 for room and board on average.

With the average need-based scholarship or grant award of $7,789, 55.5 percent of full-time undergraduates in the university receive some kind of need-based financial aid. It also provides many kinds of need-based scholarships from state, individuals and the university, at the same time students can choose to apply for loans.

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