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Rank: 152

Ohio State University

Columbus, OHwww.osu.edu/
One of the biggest universities in the nation as well as one of the proudest, Ohio State has about 45,000 undergraduate students. Find them hanging out at the Oval or the student union on OSU's huge, friendly main campus in vibrant downtown Columbus -- or on a satellite campus in a nearby city like Marion or Newark. Its student body is predominantly white. Buckeyes flock to its finance, biology, and psychology programs. Ohio State has a nearly 83% graduation rate, and PayScale reports the median salary for recent grads is $54,000. Even though OSU is no longer the party school it used to be, the social scene remains a big draw. Greek life is prevalent, though it's easy to find alternate house parties or, for the over-21 crowd, bars and clubs. Most students are happy with their experience at the college, which makes sense because Buckeyes are known for their school spirit. OSU is a huge sports school: Football unites the campus (as does the act of hating rival Michigan), and no one manages to graduate without memorizing the cheers. Notable alumni include artist Roy Lichtenstein and Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, who created an OSU scholarship for English majors devoted to creative writing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$28,200
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,300
Average price for low-income students
$8,970
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1360/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
44,853
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
70%
% of students who get merit* grants
19%
Average merit grant
$7,189
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$54,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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