Ohio State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Ohio State University admits around half of the applicants each year, making it fairly selective--largely based on the sheer number of applications each year. Successful applicants will generally have strong grades and test scores. Those interested in applying to OSU will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. For complete application instructions (and other helpful information), be sure to visit OSU's website, or contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • Ohio State University Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • GPA, ACT and SAT graph for OSU
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 540 / 670
    • SAT Math: 620 / 740
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 27 / 31
    • ACT English: 26 / 33
    • ACT Math: 27 / 32
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Ohio State University Description

Ohio State University (OSU) has the distinction of being one of the largest universities in the U.S. Founded in 1870, OSU consistently ranks among the top 20 public universities in the country. It has strong schools of business and law, and its political science department is particularly well respected. The university's Music School made our list of the top 10 music schools in the U.S. OSU has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and membership in the AAU. The OSU campus features open green spaces and mix of architectural styles.

The OSU Buckeyes compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Seating over 102,000, Ohio Stadium is one of the largest in the world. Be sure to compare the Big Ten.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 59,482 (45,831 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,037 (in-state); $28,229 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,234
  • Room and Board: $11,706
  • Other Expenses: $2,870
  • Total Cost: $25,847 (in-state); $44,039 (out-of-state)

Ohio State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 80%
    • Loans: 41%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,769
    • Loans: $7,224

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Communication Studies, English, Family Resource Management, Finance, Human Development, International Relations, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Wrestling, Hockey, Football, Rifle, Soccer, Basketball, Gymnastics, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Fencing

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics