June 2021

Commemorating Juneteenth. For the first time in its history, Ohio State commemorated Juneteenth as an official university holiday. Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson shared the news with the university community on the same day that U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a federal holiday. “This day and all days, we commit ourselves to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities and across the world,” Johnson wrote.

Have skills, will travel. Ten Ohio State students in fields ranging from studio art and geography to food, agricultural and biological engineering received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The students will study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2021-22 academic year. Alumni of the program include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.

National impact. The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) has far exceeded its graduation targets — increasing the number of graduates from low-income backgrounds and graduates of color. Ohio State is a founding member of UIA, a consortium of 11 public research universities. Since the launch of the alliance in 2014, Ohio State has graduated an additional 11,096 students above the university’s baseline projections — including increasing the number of low-income graduates by 33% and graduates of color by 70%.

Sustainable insights. Leaders of local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations gathered at Ohio State to share climate successes and insight with United Kingdom diplomatic leaders as they prepare to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in November. As part of the forum, President Johnson emphasized the importance of collective action among local, state, national and global partners — and said addressing climate change aligns with Ohio State’s land-grant mission to uplift communities.

High honors. N. Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History, is the 2021 recipient of The Ohio State University Joseph Sullivant Medal. The medal is awarded once every five years as a memorial to Joseph Sullivant who, as a member of the first Board of Trustees, contributed to setting a vision for the character and direction of the university. Parker is a renowned historian acclaimed for his scholarship on global history, military history and European history.

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By the Numbers

1st among Ohio publics and No. 17 among all publics in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”

28th consecutive year among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” for the Wexner Medical Center — and the No. 1 hospital in central Ohio — according to U.S. News & World Report

9th among public universities for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report

9 Rhodes Scholars in university history, and three in the last three years

68,300 students enrolled

580,000 living alumni

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