June 2015

Historic cost freeze. Ohio State will institute a comprehensive freeze on costs for in-state undergraduate students as part of the focus on access, affordability and excellence outlined in President Michael V. Drake’s 2020 Vision. The cost freeze, which for the first time in at least 40 years will cover tuition and mandatory fees as well as room and board, was approved by the Board of Trustees and will benefit nearly 80 percent of students.

A record-setting commencement. Members of the largest graduating class in Ohio State history — more than 10,700 students — received their diplomas at the 2015 spring commencement. That number included more than 1,500 students who were the first in their families to graduate from college, a reflection of Ohio State's long-standing role in offering access as a land-grant institution.

Supercomputers aid Nepal. Following the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal, a team of Ohio State glacier scientists is helping to address the ensuing humanitarian crisis. With support from the Ohio Supercomputer Center, they are employing high-resolution satellite imagery — technology normally used to study glaciers — to assist with disaster relief and stabilization-planning efforts.

CBEC: an investment in innovation. Representing an "unprecedented partnership" across disciplines, the new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building has opened its doors to students and researchers. The state-of-the-art facility was designed to expand real-world learning opportunities, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration to advance environmental and medical research and further fuel Ohio's economy through industry partnerships.

#BuckeyesGive for the greater good. The Columbus Foundation’s 2015 Big Give leveraged $15 million in 24 hours to help nearly 600 central Ohio organizations, including Ohio State programs like WOSU Public Media and the Nisonger Center. Gifts made by Buckeyes everywhere during the online-giving rally will support students, patients, researchers and more across the university.