Welcome to the college

Welcome to the college

We will prepare you to be engaged citizens and flexible thinkers, who can create, communicate and innovate, propelling you forward on a path for academic and professional success.

Dean Ritter

Congratulations on your admission to Ohio State and the College of Arts and Sciences!

Ready to accept our offer of admission? You’ll need to pay a $100 nonrefundable acceptance fee as soon as you decide on Ohio State, and no later than May 1.

Follow the directions on your Acceptance Fee Statement — which is emailed to you within three days of admission to Ohio State — to pay your acceptance fee or decline our offer of admission.

To delay your admissions term, contact undergraduate admissions before the application deadline for your desired term to discuss your options. Read our Gap Year Policy.

Questions?

Attend a Virtual Overview

Attend a Virtual Overview

Connect with the college virtually through a series of upcoming live academic overviews about our people, programs and opportunities in and beyond the classroom.

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Meet with current students

Meet with current students

You have questions, and we have answers! Watch current Arts and Sciences students share how they navigate our many majors and minors, discuss their favorite places on campus, talk about how they build their communities and more.

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Discover Your Path

Why Study the Arts and Sciences?

Why Study the Arts and Sciences?

Science and scientific learning are not complete without the arts.

After all, advances in scientific discovery and innovation don’t often happen through critical thinking alone. Studies have shown that collaboration and creativity contribute to better investigative and problem-solving approaches (Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2019).

We’re quickly approaching a new era, where STEAM methods (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) encourage collaborations between the arts and sciences, leading to larger-scale investment and smaller scale innovation.

Earning a degree within the arts and sciences provides you with the skills necessary to succeed in this new era. You’ll develop life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, initiative, verbal communication and leadership which will prepare you for the fast-paced and diverse work environments of today and the future.

You’ll develop context: historical, economic, esthetic, literary, political, sociological, geographical and scientific — perspectives that are crucial for making sense of and mastering life in our ever-changing world.

And you’ll be just as successful, if not more so, than your peers who choose to study the STEM fields alone. Studies show that by age 40, the average salaries of all college graduates were within 10% of each other, regardless of college major (United States Census Bureau American Community Survey, 2018). Add to that the fact that midcareer salaries — which tend to be highest in management and business occupations — are more likely occupied by students with arts and humanities majors, and you can see the value in a liberal arts education.

So, take advantage of the opportunity to explore, discover and find your fascination from 80+ majors and 100+ minors, all within an inclusive community that blends academic boundaries to meet some of the most pressing issues of society today.

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Experience the Arts and Sciences Day

Each February, the college invites admitted students and their families to an exclusive event that provides an enhanced preview of just how much the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State has to offer.

Students will hear from Executive Dean and Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter, learn how the Center for Career and Professional Success can help guide them to pursue a variety of career options, experience a sample college class and participate in virtual open houses with faculty and advisors from their specific major program.

This virtual event will be held Saturday, February 27 from 12-2:30 p.m. EST.

CONNECT WITH US

With more than 80 majors and 100 minors along with five Fortune 500 companies in our backyard, the College of Arts and Sciences makes it easy to combine interests, gain experience and customize journeys across academic disciplines.

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