Unprecedented momentum. New enrollment data shows the university is seeing historic success as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding. Four- and six-year graduation rates are at record highs. The new first-year class on the Columbus campus is once again the most academically prepared and diverse in Ohio State history. More than 1,300 students from low- to moderate-income families are part of this class — a 7.8% increase from last year. First-generation students, meanwhile, increased 10.8%.
Innovators and entrepreneurs. Ohio State is joining public universities across the Buckeye state to boost research and technology commercialization in Ohio. The Ohio Intellectual Property (IP) Promise, announced by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted at Ohio State, will help ensure that the state’s public universities are best in class when it comes to the transfer of university discoveries to the commercial sector. Ohio State currently has an active startup portfolio of 95 companies, double the number from five years ago.
Artful alumnus. After graduating from Ohio State, Roy Lichtenstein became one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the 20th century and a leading figure in the 1960s Pop Art movement. The university recently dedicated a 31-foot-high, stainless steel fabrication of the artist’s famous Modern Head sculpture on the Columbus campus — a gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation with support from the Ohio Percent for Art Program. The Lichtenstein Foundation has also endowed two high-level named chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Driving breakthrough solutions to improve lives. Fighting the opioid epidemic is considered more than a professional responsibility at Ohio State. It is a moral imperative for experts across the university. That sense of obligation was a driving force behind the collaborative approach to Ohio State’s proposal for a $65.9 million HEALing Communities Study grant — the largest research grant in the university’s history. The federally funded study joins a long list of Ohio State prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives.
Game on! The new Ohio State esports arena is plugged in and powered up. It includes gaming computers, consoles and virtual reality systems — and is part of the university’s multidisciplinary esports and gaming program. Along with the chance to score points and win trophies, the program offers opportunities to engage in leading-edge design and research. Ohio State’s Human Performance Collaborative, for example, focuses on studying the convergence of the brain, body and behaviors of esports athletes.