OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Enrollment: 43,000 undergraduates (56,000 with graduate students)
Public, 4-year, Coed – Carnegie Classification – Research University
Calendar: Moving to Semester
Residential campus in large city
Ohio State is an easy 30-minute drive from the Columbus airport and approximately 15 minutes from downtown Columbus, the state capitol. This inviting city offers a financial district, performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and an AAA Baseball Team. Internships abound at the “State House” for students interested in politics or you can gain work experience at companies representing a variety of industries.
The campus is GIGANTIC in terms of student body, buildings, as well as the physical grounds, yet OSU is very clean and green with large trees and plenty of grassy quad areas. OSU features a variety of architecture from traditional red brick buildings with white columns, to modern designs used in the new, state-of-the-art Recreation Center featuring sheer glass windows. A small pond sits at the center of campus. The old buildings of campus surround the “Oval” which is a huge open space with lawns that create a place for playing a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee, recruiting new members to join student clubs or simply chilling between classes. The Olentangy River winds along the far end of the school with a trail perfect for biking. OSU has an extensive bus system to transport students throughout the campus.
The recently opened Student Union with restaurants, student services, meeting rooms and lounge areas is one example of OSU’s commitment to providing excellent facilities for students, staff and alumni. Extensive construction is happening throughout the campus, updating the interiors and exteriors of older, treasured buildings.
Next to the OSU campus there is a great main drag with student-friendly restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops, office supply stores and pubs. Columbus feels like a college town and the community supports the university.
Special Study Options
• First Year Experience programs to help new students get adjusted to life on the OSU campus.
• The Leadership Collaborative is a yearlong leadership development program that kicks off with a four-day leadership development conference prior to fall semester.
• First Year Experience Outdoor Camp Program in summer.
• Special programs for out-of-state students.
• Incoming students read a book during the summer before freshman year starts and then attend a study group when they get to campus.
The Fisher College of Business admits some top performing high school students directly into the business program. Other new freshmen students enter as pre-business majors if they meet the requirements of a minimum ACT of 25 or minimum SAT of 1150 or ranked in the top 20% of their high school class. To continue onto upper-division work, OSU pre-business students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and complete a competitive application process.
The College of Engineering offers 15 programs with 30 specializations. Students with a minimum ACT Math score of 24 or SAT Math score of 560 are directly enrolled as pre-engineering students. Students may preselect an engineering major or enroll as undeclared to explore the various types of specialties.
Pre-professional programs include: Pre-health (dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine), Pre-education, and Pre-law.
The College of Nursing offers BSN, RN to BSN and Masters degrees.
Political Science – Offers BA, MS, and PhD
The PhD faculty studied at top ranked institutions such as: Princeton, McGill, Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, USC, Pittsburgh, Yale, Chicago, Northwestern, UCLA, Duke, MIT, Harvard, and Illinois.
Fields of Study: American, Comparative, International Relations and Political Theory
The Political Science Department offers an honors program and a chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society provides the opportunity to network with colleagues.
OSU’s John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy offers one-quarter internships in Washington, D.C.
• Mission: to “inspire citizenship and develop leadership”
• The school prepares students for public service and gives them the tools to be involved in their communities.
• The J.G. Institute offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
• New Major: Public Affairs BA – The program is designed to teach the skills needed to work in government, non-profit organizations or other entities that require analysis and leadership. Specialization tracks include urban policy and management, community organization and civic engagement, and nonprofit management.
My impression of both the students and faculty: super friendly. Four people asked me if I needed help finding a facility when they saw my head buried in the walking map.
Many students can be seen running throughout campus. Healthy lifestyles may be making its way to Ohio although some students can be spotted smoking.
Ohio State boasts a thriving Greek scene, but you don’t have to belong to a fraternity or sorority to find your social group. There is a Greek row with large houses that look very similar to those at the University of Washington. Many of the houses are located on 15th street, a short walk to campus.
The campus community loves OSU athletics. The athletic facilities are clustered at the far end of campus and are incredibly impressive. The University has spared no expense at developing first-class stadiums for all sports. For example, the aquatic center is pristine and ranks as one of the top places in the country for swimming and diving, plus synchronized swimming. Gymnastics is also a top program. The football team, which plays in the horse-shoe shaped Ohio Stadium, will be a top contender as the athletic department recently hired Coach Urban Meyer from the University of Florida.