ohio state university

Ohio State University (also known as OSU, and not to be confused with Ohio University) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities. 

Established in 1870, OSU is a public university that currently maintains an enrollment of more than 66,000 students, most of them undergraduates. Ohio State is the 3rd the largest university in the United States. Yet, the student-faculty ratio is a reasonable 19 to 1. The acceptance rate for OSU is well over 50 percent. What's more, Ohio State is known (and applauded) for its racial diversity. 

Notable Ohio State graduates include golfer Jack Niklaus, track star Jesse Owens, wikipedia founder Larry Sanger, and former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, among many others. There are nearly half a million OSU grads alive today. They include Nobel prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and all-star athletes. In fact, Ohio State is one of only six universities whose varsity athletes have won national championships in Baseball, Basketball, and Football. 

Ohio State is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education

Shown here: The OSU Buckeyes logo 

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ohio state Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Ohio State University.

1. Where is Ohio State University?

The main campus of OSU is located roughly five miles north of downtown Columbus, at the following physical address:

Ohio State University

154 West 12th Avenue

Columbus, Ohio


OSU also features regional locations in the cities of Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster. Here are the physical addresses of the satellite campuses of OSU:

OSU Lima

4240 Campus Drive

Lima, Ohio


OSU Mansfield

1760 University Drive

Mansfield, Ohio


OSU Marion

1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue

Marion, Ohio


OSU Newark

1179 University Drive

Newark, Ohio


OSU Agricultural Technical Institute

1328 Dover Road

Wooster, Ohio


Above: The Oval on the OSU campus in Columbus

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2. What types of academic programs are offered at Ohio State University?

OSU consists of the following schools:

  1. Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  2. College of Arts and Sciences
  3. Fisher College of Business
  4. College of Dentistry
  5. College of Education and Human Ecology
  6. College of Engineering
  7. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  8. College of Medicine
  9. College of Nursing
  10. College of Optometry
  11. College of Pharmacy
  12. College of Public Health
  13. College of Social Work
  14. College of Veterinary Medicine
  15. Department of Military Science
  16. Graduate School
  17. John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  18. Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  19. School of Environmental and Natural Resources

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at Ohio State?

Undergraduate course offerings at OSU include more than 160 academic majors. 

To Gove an example, here is a list of Bachelor degree programs offered at Ohio State University, in only the College of Arts & Sciences: 

  • Advanced Computing for the Arts and Design
  • African American and African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Plant Sciences
  • Art
  • Arts Administration, Education, and Policy
  • Art Education
  • Arts Management
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Comparative Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Earth Sciences
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Economics
  • Emergent Materials
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies
  • Exploration of Novel Complex Materials
  • Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
  • Film Studies
  • Folklore Studies
  • French and Italian
  • Geography
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Historical Research
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Humanities
  • Human Resources
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latine and Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Biosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Medieval and Slavic Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Childhood Education 
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology 
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Plant Microbe Genomics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Population Research
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Speech and Hearing Science 
  • Spectroscopy
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Urban & Regional Analysis
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Writing

Here is a list of Bachelor degree programs offered at OSU, in the College of Engineering: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Aviation Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
  • Integrated Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

See the university website for many other undergraduate programs in your chosen field of study. 

Above: A sunny study lounge on the main campus of OSU

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4. What graduate programs are available at Ohio State?

OSU offers nearly 100 Masters degree programs, and nearly 100 Doctoral degree programs. Masters degrees are offered in all of the following subjects (and more): 

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial and Quant Risk Management
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 
  • African American and African Studies
  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
  • Allied Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Arts Policy and Administration
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Finance
  • Business Logistics Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Cicil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Comparative Studies
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Consumer Sciences
  • Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice
  • Dance
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Design
  • Earth Sciences
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • East Asian Studies
  • Education: Teaching and Learning 
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Science
  • Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
  • Film Studies
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • French and Italian
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geodetic Science
  • Geography
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Global Engineering Leadership 
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Healthcare Innovation
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Horticulture and Crop Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Italian
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies 
  • Law
  • Learning Technologies
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Plant Health Management
  • Plant Pathology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Sports Coaching
  • Statistics
  • Theatre 
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Vision Science
  • Welding Engineering
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Visit this link for a list of the PhD Programs at Ohio State.  

Above: Off-campus housing near OSU. This desirable apartment complex is called The Griff.

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5. What courses are taught at the Ohio State College of Law?

The Michael Moritz College of Law at OSU features the following legal fields of study:

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Clinics and Experiential Learning
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Election Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Family Relations
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intercultural Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Leadership
  • Law and Other Disciplines
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Writing
  • Legislation
  • Litigation
  • Public Interest Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Sports Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Technology Law
  • Wills and Trusts

The following courses are required for first-year students at OSU Law:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Analysis and Writing
  • Legislation
  • Property Law
  • Torts

6. How much does it cost to attend Ohio State?

According to the OSU website, the total cost of tuition and fees for first year, freshman undergraduate enrollment on the main campus for the 2019 school year is as follows: 

  • $357.85 per credit for Ohio residents
  • $954.85 per credit for out-of-state enrollments

For online courses, the enrollment fee is 

  • $415.10 per credit for Ohio residents
  • $420.10 per credit for out-of-state enrollments

Graduate school tuition at OSU varies by program. Full time tuition for the Moritz law school is:

  • $30,264 for Ohio residents
  • $45,217 for out-of-state enrollments

Additional costs may include books, supplies, housing, food, and travel expenses. Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, technology fees, materials fees, student activity fees, and business service fees, to name a few. 

Financial aid is available to some, and may come in the form of Pell Grants, scholarships, and work study programs, among others. 

7. What is the Ohio State University campus like?

The main (Columbus) campus of OSU spans about 1,765 acres, with more than 16,000 acres in total at all of the school's locations. The main campus is home to so many structures that wikipedia has an entire page devoted to the buildings on the campus of Ohio State University.

OSU features 38 on-campus residence halls, with off-campus housing also available. 

The school colors are scarlet and grey. The varsity athletes at OSU are called the Buckeyes. They play for the NCAA Division 1 Big Ten Conference. 

Varsity sports for men and women at OSU include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Pistol
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Above: A scene from the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

image: zimbio.com

Also available on campus are a number of club sports, including some of the ones listed above, as well as badminton, disc golf, dodgeball, ping pong, and racquetball, among others. 

Aside form sports, the main campus at Ohio State also features more than 1,400 student clubs, organizations, and activities, ranging from political associations to cultural clubs to performing arts groups and musical groups, as well as science clubs, campus publications, a student-run radio station, a public TV station, and too many others to list. 

Above: Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes

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8. What are the distance learning options at Ohio State?

OSU offers a full range of distance courses, both hybrid and entirely online. Many of the school's fully online courses are in the fields of botany, education, and health sciences. 

Here is an alphabetical list of the 100 most popular academic subjects offered fully online at OSU: 

  • Advertising and Society
  • Animal Sciences
  • Art Education 
  • Bioethics
  • Business Administration
  • Business Finance
  • Caffeine Science
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Training
  • Clinical & Laboratory Instruction and Administration
  • Communication
  • Critical Phases in Life
  • Decision Making in Healthcare 
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Developing Educational Websites
  • Developmental Psychology in Adolescents 
  • Disability Studies
  • Diseases of Ornamental Plants
  • Drug Use in American Culture
  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Videography
  • English
  • Environmental Health Science Issues in Health Administration
  • Epidemiology
  • ESL
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Innovation and Organizations
  • Experimental Design 
  • Family Financial Management
  • French
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Global Aging 
  • Health and Inequality 
  • Health and Wellness in American Society
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Health Sciences
  • Healthcare Administration  
  • History
  • History of American Capitalism 
  • History of Modern Education
  • Independent Study
  • Information Search, Evaluation, and Use
  • Innovation in Health Systems
  • Innovation in High-Preforming Organizations 
  • Innovation Leadership 
  • Instructional Design 
  • Integrative Medicine 
  • International Social Work
  • Keys to Academic Success for Online Learners 
  • Kinesiology
  • Language Arts & ESL Instruction
  • Leadership and Management
  • Logic 
  • Management of School Health Services
  • Management Principles and Human Resources for the Healthcare Professional
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication and Society 
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Medical Terminology for the Health Professions
  • Microcomputer Applications in the Health Sciences
  • Music History
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Online Learning Strategies and Skills 
  • Online Research
  • Online Science Information Resources
  • Online Teaching
  • Oral Health Behavior Management
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Pharmacological Aspects of Practice in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Cultivated Plants 
  • Political Science 
  • Portuguese 
  • Project Management for Engineers
  • Psychological Perspectives on Education
  • Public Health
  • Research Methods
  • Russians and Their Vodka: Deconstructing Myths
  • Sick Plants and a Hungry World
  • Social Implications of Communication Technology
  • Social Problems and Public Policy 
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology
  • Software Applications 
  • Spanish 
  • Strength Training
  • Teaching Adults Online
  • Teaching Mathematics, Science, and Culture to 4th and 5th Graders 
  • Teaching Reading 
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Theatre
  • Turf Management for Golf Course Managers
  • U.S. Healthcare Policy 
  • Utilizing Technology to Measure Outcomes in Health Systems
  • Veterinary Science 
  • Weed and Invasive Plant Biology and Management
  • Welding Engineering
  • Wellness
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Writing

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9. What is the contact information for Ohio State?

You can reach the main campus of OSU in Columbus by calling 614-292-6446.

Satellite campuses:

For the Lima campus of OSU, call 419-995-8600. 

To contact the Mansfield campus of OSU, call 419-755-4011. 

To reach the Marion campus of OSU, call 740-389-6786. 

To speak with someone at Ohio State's Newark campus, call 740-366-3321. 

To reach the Wooster campus of OSU, call 330-287-1331. 

For the office of distance education and eLearning at OSU, call 614-292-8860. 

Above: Downtown Columbus, Ohio

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