Common Questions and Answers

Q - Will I be admitted?     Answer...

A - If you are a graduate (or GED equivalent) of a chartered high school and a resident of Ohio, you qualify for admission to Ohio State Marion as a freshman.

If you plan to transfer from another college, you must have at least a 2.0 G.P.A. out of a possible 4.0* in all coursework completed at other educational institutions.

(*Transfer students not meeting the 2.0 G.P.A. requirement must complete a special appeal form as part of their admission application. Contact the Admissions Office to request this form.)

Q - When can I switch to the Columbus campus?     Answer...

A - Students not initially admissible to the Columbus campus may switch from a regional campus to Columbus any time after they have earned 30 semester credit hours (earned after high school graduation), and are admissible to their major program of study.

Q - Who attends Ohio State Marion?     Answer...

A - There is no typical student. our students are a mix of students who enroll immediately after high school and students who enroll or return to college after other life experiences. Our students represent varied ethnic, social, academic, and economic backgrounds. Students attend classes full or part-time, during the day, and in the evenings. Below are some statistics about our student body

Autumn Semester 2013:

1,400 Total Enrollment

47% Male
53% Female

41% Freshmen

30% From Marion County
70% From surrounding counties

89% Full-Time
11% Part-Time

Q - Am I eligible for financial aid?     Answer...

A - Nearly 85% of our students recieve financial aid. We offer comprehensive financial aid services to help you meet your college costs. Your financial aid package may consist of a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time work.

You can apply for financial aid at any time, although the financial aid system is designed to begin in autumn semester. As a rule of thumb, financial aid applications should be filed three or more months before you plan to attend. The priority deadline to apply for maximum financial aid awards is February 15 for students who plan to start classes in the summer or fall semester. Feel free to contact our financial aid staff at any time for assistance in developing an appropriate financial aid package to meet your individual needs.   Filing for financial aid does not obligate you to enroll nor does it guarantee an award; it only begins the process of your financial planning in anticipation of your enrollment.

To be considered for financial aid during the upcoming school year, you must submit the following applications:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web

• The Ohio State University Application for Undergraduate Admission, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Marion Campus Scholarship Application

For new admission applicants, the admission application doubles as our scholarship application.  Current and former students must complete the Marion Campus Scholarship Application by February 15 each year on the financial aid section of our web site.

For more information about financial aid at Ohio State Marion,
call (740) 725-6242 or e-mail Katie Harris at

Q - What can I study?     Answer...

A - The university offers over 170 degree programs; the largest selection of academic programs in Ohio, and one of the largest in the world.  Currently, nine of those programs may be completed entirely at the Marion campus.   For other majors, depending on the program, students may complete between 1-3 years at the Marion campus before changing to the Columbus campus to complete their degree.   Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions regarding a specific degree program.  

Degree programs which can be completed entirely at Marion: 

  • Education (Early and Middle Childhood licensure)
  • Criminology
  • English
  • General Business
  • History
  • Nursing -- R.N. to B.S.N. for licensed RN's
  • Master of Arts in Integrated Teaching and Learning
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • First and second year Engineering

For complete details on ALL Ohio State major programs:  (Click here) 

Q - When do classes begin?     Answer...

A - Ohio State Marion is on the semester system with three academic terms in a calendar year. Autumn semester 2014 begins August 27. Each semester lasts 14 weeks, with an additional week dedicated to final exams. Summer semester also offers a variety of "short-term" class options. 

Academic Calendar
     Visit: for specific details

Q - Who are the Ohio State Marion faculty?     Answer...

A - All of our full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees or the highest degree awarded in their respective fields. They are high achievers in teaching, research, and service. They are also committed to providing you with an unmatched academic experience.

Several of our faculty members have won the coveted Ohio State Distinguished Teaching Award and other prestigious awards from Ohio State and organizations in their fields of professional expertise.

Our faculty members are enthusiastic about developing good rapport with students. They are available to answer questions during regular office hours and provide reassurance as well as challenges for students. Independent research projects between faculty and students are encouraged.

Q - What can I do for fun?     Answer...

A - We know that you want to do more than go to classes and study during your college years. We offer a number of sports, clubs, and organizations to complement your classroom experience and give you more opportunity to get involved in college life.

We offer a wide variety of activities for the sports enthusiast. Our Student Center is fully equipped with a gymnasium, indoor rock climbing wall, locker rooms, game room, and lounge. Cultural activities include chorus, show choir, poetry and fiction readings, Learning Lunches, Five Nights on Campus, and the Cultural Arts Series.

We regularly bring in speakers for a variety of programs and clubs. Ohio State Marion students also have access to all activities on the Columbus campus‹at the same student discounted rates. Whether it's football or field hockey, concerts or plays, you can take advantage of all that Ohio State has to offer.
For more information about Campus Life Activities >>

Q - How do I get to Ohio State Marion?     Answer...

A - Ohio State Marion's address is 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302. We are located one mile west of US 23 on SR 95, approximately an hour north of Columbus. Other major highways leading to the Marion area include state routes 309, 98, 4, and 423.
For Directions to Ohio State Marion Campus >>

Q - How will Ohio State Marion help me succeed?     Answer...

A - Our Academic Advising staff will help you select courses and major fields of study, while helping you meet your academic goals. They are available throughout the academic year to assist you with academic issues, including selecting a major. For more information, please visit our webpage:

Our Academic Enrichment provides free tutoring in most subject areas, with special emphasis on the critical skills areas of math and English. Tutoring is available both one-to-one and in small groups. For more information please visit our web page at: or you may contact Lynda Behan, 740-725-6284

Early Alert is a program designed to help students who may have trouble in a specific course. Students receive proactive assistance from academic advisers and other support staff. This program also identifies students who are capable of working with our honors curriculum. For more infomation contact: Chris Trapp, 740-725-6126

Through Disability Services, we provide services to students with learning disabilities. We offer tutoring, notetaking, scribing, and reader services; private testing; tape recorded lectures; diagnostic testing; class scheduling priority; personal, academic, and career counseling; and support groups. We serve as a liaison with appropriate university departments and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. For more infomation please visit Disability Services' website: or you may contact us: Marge Hazelett, 740-725-6247

Career Counseling is available to all students, whether you have a specific career in mind or you are still exploring your options. Our Career Services Coordinator offers classes and programs to help you explore professional fields, as well as assist you with resume writing and developing job search skills. For more infomation, please visit Career Services web page: or Contact Will Smith, 740-725-6344