Top 10 reasons to choose Ohio State

1. Big university, big opportunities

Our students have access to more than 200 majors, nearly 500 academic specializations, over 1,400 student organizations, study abroad programs around the world, and internship and research opportunities in almost every major.

2. Highly ranked

Ohio State is one of the best public universities in the United States, ranked #17 by U.S. News & World Report. Many of our academic programs are also highly ranked.

3. Large international community

Ohio State is an international university. This year there are nearly 6,000 international students on campus from more than 100 countries. And the population is much higher when you add international faculty and staff. Join a student organization to connect with other students from your home country or to learn about students from around the world: about 10 percent of Ohio State’s student organizations are dedicated to international students.

4. Learning beyond the classroom

Ohio State undergraduates can take advantage of a wide range of practical experiences outside of the classroom, including internships, study abroad programs (350 programs in 70 countries) and research opportunities.

5. Research opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry helps students pursue research opportunities at The Ohio State University. Every year, thousands of undergraduate students conduct research independently, as part of a team or in collaboration with faculty. The office also helps students obtain funding for research.

6. Extra support during your first year

Since we’re a big university, we pay a lot of attention to helping students make a successful transition to college. Our First Year Experience (FYE) program, voted one of the nation’s best, provides a friendly welcome to students new to Ohio State. FYE programs and events help students connect with each other and take advantage of all that Ohio State offers.

7. Unique housing experiences

Many students find campus living more rewarding when they can live with other students who share their academic or lifestyle interests. Living-learning communities are residential educational experiences that feature substantial faculty and staff interaction, community service activities, and academic, social and cultural programming.

8. School history and traditions

Ohio State has a long history, unique traditions and an intensely devoted Buckeye community. Whether you’re studying with friends on the Oval, cheering for the marching band in Ohio Stadium or singing the school songs, you’ll find that Buckeye spirit is contagious!

9. Urban campus location: Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State’s main campus is located in Ohio’s largest city, Columbus, which is home to thriving company headquarters, great restaurants and many cultural and sporting events. Columbus has a population of more than two million and is centrally located, making it an easy flight or drive to many other U.S. cities.

10. Worldwide network of alumni

Being a Buckeye doesn’t end when you graduate. With more than half a million living alumni­ – and over 200 alumni clubs – all over the world, you have a network wherever you go!