Frequently Asked Questions About Ohio State

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Here are answers to common questions from prospective students. You may want to refer prospects to the links below for a virtual tour, details about campus life, quick facts, and admissions information.




  1. What is the total enrollment at Ohio State and how many students are in the freshmen class?
    Current enrollment at The Ohio State University on all campuses is just over 63,000. At the Columbus campus, enrollment is 56,000, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. The freshmen class will be close to 6,900 students.
  2. Is Ohio State on quarters or semesters? 
    For students entering summer 2012 or later, Ohio State is on the semesters. Fall semesters begin in mid-august and end in mid-December. Spring semesters begin in January and end at the end of April. Summer sessions, including May sessions, begin the first week of May and end early August. No freshmen will be admitted to summer session 2012 die to the truncated nature of the term as we convert. For more information go to:  
  3. How do I get an application for admission and for financial aid?
    Students apply online at  
  4. What is the average ACT score?
    The middle 50% of students admitted for Autumn 2011 is: ACT Composite: 26-31; with the national average ACT score being a 21. SAT score range, middle 50% 1180-1340, national average 1017.
  5. When will I be notified if I am admitted?  
    Admissions decisions take10-12 weeks after your completed application is received. Decisions begin to be released by early December. For your file to be complete, the Admissions Office needs your application, the essay response, the score on your official ACT or SAT transcript, the College Preparatory Curriculum Form, an official high school transcript, and your $60 non-refundable application fee. Please note: Official ACT or SAT scores with writing must be sent directly from the testing agencies and must be received by the deadline. Test scores on your high school transcript will not be considered.
  6. What are requirements for admission?
    Three primary factors are considered in Ohio State's competitive admission review process: successful completion of the college preparatory curriculum while in high school, performance in high school as shown by class rank or grade point average, and performance on the ACT or combines SAT critical reading and math. Ohio State requires that you receive a high school diploma or GED to enroll. Out-of-state students attending Ohio State regional campuses must meet admissions requirements to enroll at the Columbus campus. For details on admissions criteria and information about how you may be given additional consideration, check
  7. Is the fact that my high school is competitive considered?
    Yes. The competitiveness of your high school is one of the seven secondary factors considered as we review your application. It will only be used in a positive way. The competitiveness of your school will never hurt your application.
  8. What is the average class size and student-faculty ratio?
    Student-faculty ratio is 19:1 (never give an average class size because it could be skewed, as many students may have a class with as few as 20 people or as many as 400). If a student does have a large class, it will be a lecture and then it will be broken down into smaller classrooms or sections called recitations. This is where questions are answered, tests taken, etc. A large lecture will always be tempered with a smaller recitation.
  9. Are classes taught by TV or over the Internet?
    No courses are taught by TV, although many courses have online components. Most faculty use Ohio State’s online course delivery system, Carmen for posting lecture notes, power points and hosting discussions to enhance what happens in the classroom. .
  10. What is the average course load?
    Full-time is 12–18 hours. On semesters, students typically take 5–6 classes per semester. 
  11. Is it possible to graduate in four years?
    Yes. Almost every undergraduate major has a four year graduation plan which students can follow. However, many Ohio State students choose to double major, or major with multiple minors, or participate in cooperative education programs, internships, and study abroad programs, which may delay graduation beyond four years. At Ohio State, there is such a wide array of courses to choose from that some students choose to stay longer than four years just to take advantage of all those opportunities!
  12. Who teaches the classes, professors or graduate students?
    We do use professors and graduate students. Our graduate teaching associates are required to attend courses on how to teach a course; and remember, they are studying for a master's or Ph.D. degree in that particular field, so they are very familiar and comfortable with the material. In many cases, they are from the top of their classes and are certainly well qualified to teach courses. We do use graduate assistants primarily in introductory courses.

  13. Is living in a residence hall required?
    All new freshmen who do not have immediate, financially supporting family in Franklin County or one of the contiguous counties are required to live in residence halls for their first year.

  14. Will there be space if I want to stay in a residence hall all four years?
    Students who meet all residence hall deadlines and obligations can return to the halls as upper-classmen for as long as they wish.  
  15. What kinds of computer facilities are available?
    All residence halls offer both wireless and wired connection to the Ohio State network. The campus offers OSu wireless for students, faculty and staff, plus a public wireless network for visitors. In addition, there are 16 on campus computer labs with over 500 computer work stations available for use, with some labs open 24 hours per day.
  16. Can I request whom I want to live with?
    Students may request to live with a friend. Residence and Dining Halls makes every effort to honor mutual roommate requests. Both individuals must request each other on the housing agreement.
  17. Can I have a car on campus?
    First-year students living in residence halls may not purchase parking permits or have a car on campus. First-year commuter students are allowed to purchase parking permits.  
  18. Aside from varsity athletics, what other athletic opportunities are available?
    Ohio State has the largest intramural and club sport program in the nation and anyone can participate. We have everything from basketball to sailing, with over 56,000 participants playing on 4,500 teams.  
  19. What is the campus like on evenings and weekends?
    The campus is alive all week with events held on campus throughout the year, such as the Medieval and Renaissance Festival on the Oval, Greek Week, concerts in the Schottenstein Center, people playing volleyball on the Oval, and activities at one of the two student unions or the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, etc.
  20. What is the Greek system like? How many people join sororities and fraternities?
    There are 65 Greek organizations at OSU. All support various campus events and are active in many organizations. Approximately 10% of the undergraduate student body participates, or more than 5,000 students.  
  21. What kinds of extracurricular activities are available?
    There are more than 1,000 active student organizations at Ohio State. These include academic, social, recreational, religious, political, and special interest groups. There is something for everyone.