Ohio state university  columbus  ohio   united states
US News Ranking 29
Qsranking 116
Timesranking 63

Brief background:

Ohio State University came into existence in 1873 and since then it is growing at an accelerated speed. John Newton Templeton, Margaret Boyd, and Saki Taro Murayama are some of the well known and early graduates of Ohio University. Nestled in the city of Colombus, this university embraces students from various cultures and is known for its vibrant art along with high spirited sports activities.


Ohio State University ranking is #108 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The university is ranked 80th in the World University Rankings 2021 and 100th in the US College Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Acceptance Rate

Ohio State University acceptance rate is usually around 53% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 28% historically.


Students that are a part of Ohio State University are not only impressed by the educational quality of the university but by its architecture and interiors as well. There are recreational centers where students can relax their minds. The lecture halls are also well-equipped with every resource that eases the method of education for professors and students.

Residing Options:

Students can opt to stay in the on-campus accommodation and it is quite economical due to its low-budget homes designed for university students. The housing option to stay on the campus is offered to the first-year students. This somehow adds to the advantage of the students as they can easily reach to their class on time, and they will remain more involved in various activities and student life.


Professors at Ohio University are great as they turn the lectures into a more engaging experience by giving the students an opportunity to learn in a more logical way. Lecturers have a positive attitude and they are full of life that helps the students to gain confidence and study wholeheartedly. Students are able to make better connections with their teachers and this also forms many fond memories for both of them.


Ohio State University tuition fees for Indian students is around $32,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6,000.

Jobs and placements:

According to Forbes Listings, Ohio State University stands #49 as Best Employers for Women, and it is also America’s Best Employers by state 2019. The graduates at Ohio State University find employment in different International companies and agencies. Top recruiters include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC); Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Battelle Memorial Institute, and General Electric Co (GE).  
The MS graduate earns an average salary between $51,757 and $104,679, while BS degree holder earns around $43,315 - $91,005. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) salaries range between $49,400 - $91,183 for the students while Battelle Memorial Institute’s salary ranges between $54,430 - $84,695. The most popular jobs among the alumni include: Mechanical Engineer; Software Engineer; Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General); Project Engineer; Electrical Engineer and Operations Manager. Buckeye Careers is an initiative run by the university which helps students with finding jobs by connecting them with national, global, local companies.


Ohio State University alumni consists of George Wythe McCook, Ohio Attorney General, Michel du Cille, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Sten Denski, writer, and critic and Garry Kennedy, conceptual artist.


With countless opportunities for the students, Ohio University is a good option for students.


The Ohio State University is situated in Columbus, Ohio, a flourishing, multicultural Smart City with low living costs, a stable economy, dynamic neighborhoods, exceptional medical facilities, and a variety of recreational, cultural, and academic possibilities. The university owns its own airport, that is, Ohio State University Airport six miles (10 km) northwest of downtown Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The main airport in Columbus is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH).
Most students drive their private vehicles to and from Ohio State Airport, and this is the suggested mode of commute. The drive is approximately 7 miles and takes around 20 minutes.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is a public bus system providing transportation in the region around Columbus and central Ohio. It provides bus service from the primary campus to the OSU Airport shopping area which is about 1 mile away. This service is free for students from Ohio State as it is included in tuition charges. CABS is a free bus service provided by Ohio State. On-campus buses operate throughout the day for every 10-15 minutes. Buses operate every 30 minutes to provide a commute to the remote parts of the campus.
Ohio State runs 38 residential on-campus halls separated into three geographic clusters: South Campus, North Campus, and West Campus. The Office of Student Life is responsible for many of the outside-the-classroom aspects of student life at Ohio State.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 28%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 325
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 110
TA Appointments 232
RA appointments 641
Research funding $152,775,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Aerospace and Mechanical

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Ohio State University strives to give rise to highly accomplished Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering experts. The Ohio State Aerospace Engineering Program provides Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (AAE) BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees. Ohio State is centrally located in relation to three major national aerospace powerhouses: NASA's Glenn Research Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, and GE Aviation. The Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (AAE) graduate program offers a variety of possibilities for basic and applied research in the fields of flight mechanics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeronautics, propulsion and energy, dynamics and control, and structural mechanics. The department provides master's and doctoral degrees with classes taught by a stimulating group of distinguished professors and backed by extensive labs and computer equipments. For learners interested in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, the undergraduate (Bachelor’s) program provides an interesting atmosphere. Students are ready for careers in the aerospace sector, public labs, and a range of areas not usually connected with aerospace engineering owing to job, co-ops, and internships provided by the department.
The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. A number of technical electives are included in the undergraduate program. The graduate program provides masters as well as doctoral degrees. This department's learners have many possibilities to communicate with other learners and teachers within the department.
The department’s $72 million building complex contains 14 modern classrooms and quality space for research labs

Areas of Expertise: Advanced automotive systems; Micro and nanotechnology; Aviation Management; International Aviation; Energy and environmental quality; Air Transportation Systems; Bioengineering; Materials and manufacturing; Nuclear science and engineering; Advanced aerospace systems; Aircraft Systems; National Aviation System; Collegiate Aviation Education

List of Labs: Smart Vehicle Concepts Center; Gear and Power Transmission Research Laboratory; Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center; Center for Automotive Research; Transportation Research Center; Center for Aviation Studies; Aerospace Research Center

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Ohio State University has a long history of excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education. The objective of the department is to prepare its students to be leaders in the many evolving areas that require chemical and biomolecular engineers through both creative coursework and difficult studies. The department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees. The Chemical Engineering bachelor’s degree program aims at preparing graduates for industrial jobs, professional service, and also higher studies for continuing education. The graduate program offers possibilities for an intensive learning experience and lucrative careers in industry and academia. The college’s graduate students are in high demand among recruiters. The Chemical Engineering MS degree is both a non-thesis and a thesis programme. It prepares learners to deal with areas in chemical engineering and build expertise in the field. The Ph.D. degree offered by the department provides scholars with an added depth in the technical aspects of the field through research. 

Areas of Expertise: Molecular thermodynamics and molecular simulation; Reaction engineering, catalysis; Colloids, aerosols, particle technology; Fluid mechanics, multiphase flow; Polymers, nanomaterials, membranes; Bioengineering, biotechnology, applied molecular biology

List of Labs: Clean Energy Research Laboratory; Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices

Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic

The Ohio State University’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering provides a challenging and intellectual academic experience to learners and equips them with the required resources and background to undertake operations in the different interdisciplinary fields of civil engineering. The department provides bachelor’s, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering. The undergraduate learners take classes in the survey, transport engineering and analysis, construction management, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, structural design, environmental engineering fundamentals, and economics and planning. The department’s graduate degree program leads to M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with specializations in Construction Engineering & Management,  Transportation, Environmental Engineering & Water resources, Geoinformation & Geodetic, and Structural Engineering. In addition, the department also offers a dual degree (MS) program in Urban Transportation Planning in collaboration with the Department of City and Regional Planning in the university’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.

Areas of Expertise: Travel behavior, flow, and network modeling; Environmental Engineering and Water Resources; Photogrammetric computer vision; Structural engineering and structural materials; Geospatial information technologies, Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT); Energy-Environmental Systems; Transportation planning, design, and operations; Life-cycle evaluation of transportation systems under uncertainty; Ecological Engineering and Ecohydologic Processes; Construction management

List of Labs: Ohio Water Resources Center

Computer Science

Established in 1968 and ranked among the top 15 computer science departments by U.S. News and World Report, the Department of Computer Science provides an outstanding educational experience. The department provides various degree programs that empower learners to pursue an education that fulfills their career objectives. The department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science & Engineering and a BS with a major in Computer and Information Science as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer and Information Science. The BS is more focused on science than the BA is. The master's degree program (MS) is split into three tracks: a study track that requires a master's thesis on original research, a coursework track that requires a project submission, and a coursework track only. The tracks provide learners with a strong background in computer science theory and foundations and expose them to recent computer science technologies. The objective of the Ph.D. program is to prepare learners to become leading academic and industrial scientists and teachers.  Doctoral candidates take a set of courses in one major and two minor areas of concentration as well as complete a set of core courses. 

Areas of Expertise: Networks and distributed systems; Computer systems, including core systems, high-performance computing, and data-intensive computing; Graphics and visualization; Software engineering and programming language; Artificial intelligence

List of Labs: Center for Surveillance Research

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Ohio State enjoys an outstanding scholarly and research reputation not only among peer programs but also from the industry and government. The department provides a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSECE) degree in two specific programs: Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CPE). The department also offers a joint BS/MS program. The graduate program provides degrees leading to either a Master's degree (thesis and non-thesis) or an ECE Ph.D. degree with a specialization in analog and RF electronic circuits, communications and signal processing, a compilation of electronic circuits. The aim of the doctoral program of ECE is to foster graduates who can think and solve issues of engineering based on science and mathematical ideas.

Areas of Expertise: Control Systems; Analog and RF Circuits; Sustainable Energy and Power Systems; Nanotechnology and electronic materials; Communications, Signal Processing, and Image Processing; Computer and Communication Networks; Bioengineering and Medical Sensing;Electromagnetics, Optics, Remote Sensing, and Microwaves; Robotics and Intelligent Transportation; Computer and Digital Systems

List of Labs: Connection One Center for Radio Frequency Systems; Electroscience Laboratory

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) provides undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) in industrial and systems engineering. These degrees concentrate on designing, operating, and managing complex systems and seek to impart a mix of technical, managerial, and human-centered design skills to learners. The B.S. curriculum degree offers a background in the calculation, statistics, computing, psychology, accounting, and economics. Physics, chemistry, graphics engineering, and science of engineering are the prerequisites for the department's key classes. The Master's degree in Industrial Engineering offers students the opportunity to expand their understanding of Industrial and Systems engineering through a consistent study program with a chance to pursue a concentration in one of the three focus fields - Human Factors/Ergonomics (BioMechanics and Cognitive Engineering), Manufacturing Processes, and Operations Research. The doctoral program offers possibilities for people through sophisticated study and research to achieve a high level of academic accomplishment and contribution to the discipline.

List of Labs: Ohio Manufacturing Institute; Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence

Materials Science

The Materials Science and Engineering Department of Materials allows the learners to acquire an extensive knowledge of material characteristics and their broad spectrum of engineering applications. The department offers Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD programs. The bachelor's degree focuses on the structure and microstructure of the atomic scale of materials and their mechanical and electronic properties, as well as introductory materials science processing laboratories. Students in the MSE department can tailor their undergraduate programs according to a multitude of specializations including biomaterials, ceramics, electronic equipment, production, metallurgy and polymers, or they can design their own specialization with the assistance of a faculty consultant. The Master’s degree is both a thesis and a non-thesis program.The typical duration of completing a Ph.D. degree while being registered as a full-time student is about five years, including summers.

Areas of Expertise: Computational materials science; Biomaterials; Electronic materials; Materials joining and processing; Ceramic and nanomaterials; Materials characterization; Metallic materials

List of Labs: Center for Emergent Materials; Institute for Materials Research; Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis; Center for Materials Joining; Fontana Corrosion Center

Pure Sciences

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest and most varied departments of the university. There are two distinct choices for students to acquire a degree in physics at Ohio State: a traditional Bachelor of Science in Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics at the College of Engineering. The department also offers MS to Ph.D. Bridge program at OSU. The Bridge program is a two-year program for the students having a bachelor’s degree in Physics, or related fields and wish to pursue a Ph.D. but require some additional coursework, training, and research experience to master for a Ph.D. program.  The Chemistry and Biochemistry department provides bachelor's degree (BA / BS), MS in Biochemistry, MS in Biochemistry with a strong emphasis on Biotechnology, and Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry. The Department of Mathematics provides a PhD, Master's degree in Mathematical Sciences (MMS), and a Master's degree in Actuarial & Quantitative Risk Management (MAQRM). There are undergraduate programs available in the aforementioned subjects. Graduate students in these programs are a part of a challenging environment with unique opportunities for teaching and research and also have the chance to work with some of the finest scholars in the country.

List of Labs: Nuclear Reactor Laboratory



Annual fees for Indians $32,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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