The Ohio State University at Lima

Enrollment rises at Ohio State Lima

Zach von der Embse in the Science Building

Students discover benefits of lower tuition, helpful staff close to home

As students and families reevaluate the benefits of staying home, the number of students experiencing a Buckeye education at The Ohio State University at Lima has increased.

While the 999 number won’t be official until the university releases its 15th day report sometime in September, Ohio State Lima expects an almost 2% increase since this time a year ago.

According to Director of Enrollment Services Kristina Healy, Ohio State Lima is retaining more students and more are also returning to the region as transfers. The number of high school students taking college classes has also risen.

“Ohio State Lima has seen an increase in students who have opted to attend the Lima campus so that they are able to commute from home for autumn semester,” Healy said. “Students have identified that by attending the Lima campus they are able access a high quality education at a more affordable cost of tuition while remaining at home during the pandemic.”

New mechanical engineering student Zach von der Embse is sticking close to home in Kalida for at least a year.

“I was originally going to Columbus, but because of COVID and all of the cancellations, I decided against it,” von der Embse said. “I chose to come to Ohio State Lima this semester because it is close enough to commute to and also more affordable than the Columbus campus.”

In-state tuition at Ohio State Lima is $4,118 per semester. More than 88% of Ohio State Lima students receive some form of institutional aid or scholarship. In the last academic year, Ohio State Lima awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships and institutional aid.

Social work major Jordan Decker chose to return home to Van Wert and attend Ohio State Lima after a tough start at an out-of-state college. She and her family are happy about her decision and the help she received from staff on campus.

“The staff at Ohio State Lima has been absolutely amazing to work with,” Decker said. “They have gone above and beyond to help me and always had a positive attitude while doing so.”

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