Ohio State University-Main Campus

Public, Four-years School Located in Columbus, OH

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How much is the OSU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, OSU's tuition & fees is $12,859 for Ohio residents and $38,365 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $30,559 for Ohio residents and $56,065 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

OSU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Ohio Residents Tuition & Fees$12,859
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$38,365
Books & Supplies Costs$1,012
On-campus Room & Board$14,006
On-campus Expenses$2,682
Off-campus Room & Board$11,952
Off-campus Expenses$2,896
2023-2024 Projection
Ohio Residents Tuition & Fees$8,956
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$33,192

How Much Does it Cost to Go to OSU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $171,172 at OSU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $244,547. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $194,911.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$40,060$57,385$45,769
Sophomore (2024-25)$41,829$59,817$47,687
Junior (2025-26)$43,677$62,351$49,686
Senior (2026-27)$45,606$64,994$51,769
4 Years Total$171,172$244,547$194,911
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$41,829$59,817$47,687
Sophomore (2025-26)$43,677$62,351$49,686
Junior (2026-27)$45,606$64,994$51,769
Senior (2027-28)$47,621$67,749$53,940
4 Years Total$178,733$254,911$203,082
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$43,677$62,351$49,686
Sophomore (2026-27)$45,606$64,994$51,769
Junior (2027-28)$47,621$67,749$53,940
Senior (2028-29)$49,724$70,622$56,203
4 Years Total$186,629$265,716$211,598
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$45,606$64,994$51,769
Sophomore (2027-28)$47,621$67,749$53,940
Junior (2028-29)$49,724$70,622$56,203
Senior (2029-30)$51,921$73,616$58,560
4 Years Total$194,872$276,981$220,472
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$47,621$67,749$53,940
Sophomore (2028-29)$49,724$70,622$56,203
Junior (2029-30)$51,921$73,616$58,560
Senior (2030-31)$54,214$76,738$61,017
4 Years Total$203,481$288,725$229,720

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, OSU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,949. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Ohio, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $13,115.
In-StateOut-of-State
Ohio State University-Main Campus$12,859$38,365
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Ohio Four-years Colleges$18,139
Public Schools$8,568$13,115
Private Schools$20,529

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between OSU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus, OH$12,859$38,365
University of ToledoToledo, OH$12,377$21,737

Financial Aid and COA

At Ohio State University-Main Campus, 34,142 students (72%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $11,125.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at OSU is $44,940 for students living on-campus and $43,100 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 7,007 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $10,993 and the average amount of student loans is $7,842.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Ohio ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$30,559$56,065
COA (off-campus)$28,719$54,225
Tuition & Fees$12,859$38,365
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,700$17,700
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,860$15,860
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$19,434$44,940
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,594$43,100
Average Financial Aid$11,125$11,125
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship34,14272%$11,125
Pell Grants9,43220%$5,024
Federal Student Loan14,68831%$6,214
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid7,00783%-
Grants or Scholarships6,22974%$10,993
Federal Grants3,37240%$4,094
Pell Grants1,52718%$5,012
Other Federal Grants3,34340%$1,840
State/Local Grants1,01312%$2,706
Institutional Grants5,57666%$9,313
Student Loan Aid3,01836%$7,842
Federal Student Loans2,96635%$5,250
Other Student Loans4455%$18,192
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level3,0412,455$10,180
0-30,000508506$21,177
30,001-48,000402402$19,731
48,001-75,000506503$14,513
75,001-110,000481395$5,605
110,001 or more1,144649$1,947

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

OSU's acceptance rate is 57.18%. A total of 58,180 applicants applied to and 33,269 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 8,423 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 25.32%.
To apply to OSU, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants58,18027,987$30,193
Admitted33,26915,518$17,751
Enrolled8,4233,889$4,534
Acceptance Rate57.18%55.45%58.79%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.32%25.06%25.54%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to OSU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,345 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 29.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 25.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,3451,2501,440
National Average1,174
Ohio Average1,160
SAT EBRW660620700
SAT Math685630740
ACT Composite292632
National Average25
Ohio Average24
ACT Math292631
ACT English302534

Student Population

Ohio State University-Main Campus has a total of 60,540 students including 46,123 undergraduate and 14,417 graduate students. By gender, there are 29,739 male students and 31,938 female students attending OSU. The school offers online degree programs and 3,835 students enrolled online exclusively (6.33% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total61,677 29,73931,938
Undergraduate47,106 23,68123,425
Graduate14,571 6,0588,513

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH
Phone614-292-6446
WEBwww.osu.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered436 Programs
Graduate Program Offered231 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate51.00%
Yield23.00%
Student Population60,540
Graduation Rate88%
Transfer-out Rate7%
Retention Rate93% (Full-time), 52% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate17 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties4,451 (Full-time), 2,310 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs31,708 (Full-time), 3,322 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$119,968
Average Staff Salary$69,666