Students

FAQs

I STILL HAVEN’T DECIDED ON A MAJOR. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR CHOOSING ONE? 

It is not uncommon for students to be undecided about which major they want to pursue. Ohio State’s University Exploration program provides support and guidance to students exploring our more than 175 areas of study. Specialized advisors help students conduct self-assessments, filter through potential academic options, and connect to a desired career path and corresponding area of study. Once a student has selected a major, he or she will enroll in the college for that area of study.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO AT OHIO STATE? 

Our undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 19 to 1, although class sizes at Ohio State vary a great deal. While taking introductory-level courses, students are likely to have some large classes. These larger classes are divided into smaller sessions – called recitation sections – that meet at least once a week throughout the term. Overall, 73 percent of our first-year classes have fewer than 50 students. And, as students move into their degree programs, classes more specific to their majors are generally smaller.

HOW SAFE IS THE CAMPUS? 

When you consider its geographical size, location, and population size, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is a very safe place. We try to ensure the safety of the campus community by making sure the grounds are well lit, well patrolled, and well traveled. Still, crime occurs on our campus, as it does on all college campuses. The university has a significant number of resources to prevent and deter crime, and we encourage students to take personal responsibility for their safety by taking advantage of these resources. Lean more about campus safety.