New semester, new records. The latest incoming class of Buckeyes is once again the most prepared and diverse in Ohio State history. The first-year class on the Columbus campus has an average ACT score of 29.3, while minority representation increased to record levels in the entering class and across the university. Students come from all 88 Ohio counties, 50 states and countries across the world.
Campus to the workforce. Six- and four-year graduation rates increased in 2018 to 83.5 and 64.6 percent, respectively — the latter up 6.1 percentage points since 2015. Ohio State continues to focus strongly on the path from education to jobs. Of the 84 in-demand jobs requiring a bachelor's degree recently identified by the state of Ohio, Buckeye graduates accepted employment in 81 of those areas.
National (and beyond) recognitions. Ohio State has been recognized as a top veteran-friendly school by U.S. Veterans Magazine. At the same time, it has been named one of the most innovative universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report) and in the world (Reuters) — and is once again among the "Best of the Best" LGBTQ-friendly schools, receiving five out of five stars from Campus Pride.
Helping Ohio impact the world. The Ohio Export Internship Program, started at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency, continues to put up impressive numbers. Since 2012, the program has generated $31 million in estimated export sales for 136 Ohio companies — and has led to 35 full-time job offers for students and 50 internship extensions.
Making, preserving art history. The Wexner Center for the Arts has been awarded a three-year, $165,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, among the largest federal grants in the center's almost 30-year history. Funds will go toward an archive with the goal of sharing the entirety of the center's groundbreaking programing with educators, students, artists and the public.
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