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Do you have my major?

We offer more than 250 programs of study at OHIO. See a list at

What minors do you offer?

We offer nearly 50 minors. A minor is a secondary field of study with fewer classes and requirements than a major. It often complements your major field of study. A minor is recognized on your transcript when you graduate. See a list at

What certificate programs do you have?

We offer more than 25 certificate programs. A certificate is an academic credential that is usually interdisciplinary and requires fewer courses and requirements than a major. You can enter a certificate program no matter what college or major you are enrolled in. A certificate is recognized on your transcript when you graduate. See a list at

What if I haven’t decided on a major?

About 1/3 of OHIO students come in undecided. You can choose to be undecided in many of our nine colleges, including University College, which is specifically equipped to guide undecided students. Our advisors, courses, majors fair and other programs are designed to help you find the right major. About 85 percent of our undecided students declare a major by winter of their sophomore year. Learn more here (pdf).

Can I design my own major?

The Bachelor of Specialized Studies program allows undergraduates to design an area of concentration in place of an established major. The program permits you to combine available curricula to create a unique field of study. Learn more at

What GPA and test scores do I need to get accepted?

The profile of the middle 50 percent of our incoming fall 2013 class is as follows:
High school class rank: top 15-45%
Composite ACT: 22-26
Combined SAT: 980-1180 (Math + Critical Reading)
Average GPA: 3.4 (4.0 scale)

We also consider the strength of your high school curriculum plus optional letters of recommendation and an essay. Rather than a specific set of numbers, we’re looking for students who show potential to succeed at OHIO.

How is OHIO ranked?

US News & World Report ranked OHIO 68th among the top public universities in the country. Some of our individual programs are ranked higher. For example, our Management Information Systems (MIS) program was ranked sixth nationwide in 2012 by Bloomberg Businessweek. In addition, The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks OHIO as a "high research activity" institution. OHIO's return on investment for research is highest in the state and fourth in the nation.

Do you have honors programs?

OHIO's Honors Tutorial College is the only program of its kind in the United States. It provides one-on-one and small group faculty instruction plus other opportunities, including paid research positions, an undergraduate thesis, and funding for travel and research. Learn more at We have honors programs in the College of Business and Patton College of Education. We also have specific scholars programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, among others. For more information, go to

Can I get involved with research?

Yes, 675 of our students presented projects at the 2013 Research and Creative Activity Expo. Watch a video about it. Even more of our students are conducting research.

How do I get tutoring and other academic help?

We offer tutoring, supplemental instruction, a writing center, a math center, reference librarians, peer mentoring, study skills courses, and more. Sometimes it's as easy as dropping in. Learn more at

How do I study abroad?

The Office of Education Abroad provides the information and support you need to study, intern, work, or volunteer abroad in dozens of countries around the world. Learn more at

How many students do you have and what’s the student-to-faculty ratio?

OHIO is home to more than 17,000 undergraduates. Our student body is more than 22,000 including graduate students. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1.


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