The Ohio State University: Narrative Description

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Enarson Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: (614)292-6446
Admissions: (614)247-6281
Fax: (614)292-4818
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1870. Setting: 3,117-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.5 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $446.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $17,155 per student. Total enrollment: 50,995. Faculty: 3,782 (2,789 full-time, 993 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 16,954 applied, 76% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 71% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 98 National Merit Scholars, 223 valedictorians. Full-time: 33,584 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 3,925 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 121 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 9% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Higher Education Council of Columbus. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $7479 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $18,066 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $6909. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 750 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African Student Union, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Campus Crusade for Christ, University Wide Council of Hispanic Organizations, Asian-American Association. Major annual events: Michigan Week festivities, Welcome Week, Homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, dorm entrances locked after 9 p.m., lighted pathways and sidewalks, self-defense education. 8,886 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Main Library plus 12 others with 5.6 million books, 5.6 million microform titles, 43,086 serials, 46,705 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $27 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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