Autumn 2013

New class raises bar: Ohio State's new freshman class is the most impressive in university history with an average ACT score of 28.5 and 92 percent coming from the top quarter of their high school classes.

Great finish for Pelotonia: With fundraising to continue until October, Pelotonia projects this year's totals will surpass $18 million. The total amount raised since 2009 is expected to exceed $60 million, with all proceeds going to cancer research at Ohio State.

Ohio State among top places to work: Ohio State was recognized twice for its positive culture this summer: fifth among large schools in The Huffington Post and one of the "Best Places to Work in Academia" in The Scientist.

Alumni anchor strong fundraising year: Nearly 230,000 alumni and friends contributed more than $374 million to the But for Ohio State Campaign in 2012–13. Total number of alumni donors grew by nearly 9 percent, and alumni giving increased by more than 31 percent.

Researchers identify drug to target leukemia: Clinical results show the drug ibrutinib has real potential as a safe, effective, targeted treatment for adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Trial results showed an overall response rate of 71 percent in CLL and 68 percent in MCL.

Record crop of Fulbrights: In 2013 the university had a record number of Fulbright Scholars, with 16 students earning the award.

Teacher prep makes honor roll: The National Council on Teacher Quality recognized the College of Education and Human Ecology for its teacher preparation. EHE's secondary program received a perfect 4.0, and its elementary program earned a 3.5. Only one university received a higher rating than Ohio State.

Student-athletes top Big Ten: Ohio State placed a conference-high 74 student-athletes representing 28sports on the 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list. Student-athletes must be letter winners in at least their second year at their school and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Construction process saves $26 million: A competitive review process helped the university save $26 million on the North Residential District project, which will be home to Ohio State's Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) to enrich the sophomore student experience.

Wexner Medical Center recognized for LGBT care: Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center was recognized for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patient-centered care by the HRC Healthcare Equality Index.

Ohio State receives international stem grant: The university received the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant, which will allow Ohio State to partner with India's Aligarh Muslim University to strengthen STEM teaching and research. The project is led by Anil Pradhan, a faculty member at both universities.

Residence hall earns gold: Ohio State's Residence on Tenth earned the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation. Features include energy-efficient geothermal cooling and heating, white roofing to reflect heat and sunlight and water-efficient landscaping.