About Ohio State
The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 55,000 students select from 18 colleges, 160 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 in 2007 topped $720 million, putting Ohio State in the top 10 nationally (ranked ninth), second in industry research, and seventh among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. 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 8,200 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 608,220 degrees since 1878. Its legacy extends to more than 465,000 living alumni.
- The 2009 first-year class of 6,607 is the most academically
prepared in the university’s history. Average ACT scores are now
27.5, nearly five points higher than a decade ago, and more than
half of the admitted class graduated in the top 10 percent of
their high school classes.
- Ohio State climbed to 18th among the nation’s best public
universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010
edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which links first-year
student programs and internships to student success.
- In a comparison of tuition costs to graduate earning power in
SmartMoney magazine, Ohio State ranks 11th best
nationally, with an average return of 179 percent on tuition
- Ohio State generates an annual statewide economic impact in
excess of $4 billion and partners with more than 240 Ohio-based
- The Ohio State University Medical Center was named one of
“America’s Best Hospitals” for the 17th consecutive year. The
medical center is among only 21 hospitals in the country named to
U.S. News & World Report’s elite Honor Roll.
- Tuition at Ohio State remains one of the lowest among selective admissions institutions in the state. In the 2008–09 academic year, 82 percent of students received aid. Of those receiving aid, the average scholarship/grant totaled $2,311, reducing the actual cost of tuition and required fees for a typical undergraduate from $8,658 tuition to $6,347 net tuition.