About Ohio State

Established: 1870

Ranking: Top 20 among national public universities, U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges”

Colleges: 14

Undergraduate majors: 175

Courses offered (est.): 12,000

Total enrollment: 63,058

Undergraduates: 49,466

First-year classes with fewer than 50 students: 71 percent

ACT composite score range, middle 50 percent: 26–30

Living alumni: 500,000

Size of Columbus campus: More than 1,700 acres and 451 buildings

The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 56,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center.

The university’s total research expenditures, 2010-2011, topped $828 million. The university’s innovative prowess attains world-class status, particularly in critical areas such as global climate change, cancer, infectious disease, advanced materials, and ag-bio products that feed and fuel the world.

An additional 6,671 students attend Ohio State’s regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark, and the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Founded as a federal land-grant institution in 1870, the university has awarded 669,552 degrees since 1878. Its legacy extends to more than 465,000 living alumni.

High Points

  • Students set fundraising record: Nearly 3,600 students took to the dance floor this year for the 12th annual BuckeyeThon, a dance marathon to raise money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The largest student-run philanthropy at Ohio State, BuckeyeThon garnered more than $600,000 in donations over two days — an increase of more than $150,000 from last year's record total.
  • Student-athletes excel in the classroom: For the second year in a row, more than 500 student-athletes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes (earning a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher). In addition, softball player Alicia Herron (Education and Human Ecology) and fencer Max Stearns (Arts and Sciences) were named Ohio State's 2013 recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually by Big Ten member schools to male and female athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics.
  • Alumni help create Oscar-winning films: Two of 2012's top films were successful thanks to the handiwork of six alumni. Five Arts and Sciences graduates worked on Pixar Animation Studios' film Brave, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. Another Arts and Sciences graduate served as the rigging supervisor for Life of Pi, which snagged the Academy Award for best visual effects.
  • Ohio State among top college brands: In a recent national ranking of top colleges and universities, Ohio State posted the 12th strongest brand equity in the nation and 3rd among public universities. The rankings measure the value derived from the public perception of a university's brand name, using a mathematical model that encompasses traditional, web, and social media.
  • Six faculty named top scholars by National Science Foundation: Faculty from four Ohio State departments earned one of the nation's most prestigious scientific honors — the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The distinction supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. With funding from the National Science Foundation, six Ohio State faculty will study everything from ghost particles to human DNA to computing devices.
  • James Cancer Hospital launches novel patient resource: To better support cancer patients and their families, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute recently launched a social media network that connects patients with a range of information. CancerConnect provides access to a wealth of cancer-related reference materials, while also connecting patients and families with people across the nation who are facing similar challenges.

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