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About Ohio State Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a keystone department within the Ohio State College of Engineering.

About the College

Ohio State's College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture strive to foster a learning culture that prepares students to be key contributors to society through their technological, professional and personal skills. Our faculty and our students thrive in an environment of new ideas and concepts that expand the understanding of science, engineering and architecture.

In addition to being an innovative leader in engineering and architecture education, we endeavor to fulfill our university's land-grant mission of advancing Ohio's economic mobility, competitiveness and standard of living through our contributions toward technology and creativity, continuous improvement, a diverse workforce and lifelong learning. The College also is firmly committed to and a catalyst for the University's Discovery Themes: Energy and Environment; Food Production and Security; and Health and Wellness.


Undergraduate enrollment quality has increased substantially while simultaneously growing in size and diversity. The number of undergraduate engineers increased 68% in six years, from 4,526 in 2006 to 7,730 in 2013. ECE students represent nearly 12 percent of those undergraduates.

There were 1,588 graduate students in engineering in 2013. more than one in four of those students were in ECE.

The average ACT composite score for new students increased from 27.6 in Autumn 2006 to 29.2 in Autumn 2012.

Transcending the traditional lecture/lab approach and instilling an early appreciation of the engineering profession, we distinguish ourselves by providing experiential learning for our students. For example,

  • More than 25 student project teams offer hands-on engineering experience for students to get involved and work collaboratively
  • In 2011-2012, 69 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates registered with Engineering Career Services had co-op or internship experience; 75 percent who had jobs by graduation reported that they obtained their jobs through an Engineering Career Services program.
  • The university’s First-Year Experience program ranks among the nation’s most outstanding programs leading to student success (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).


Ohio State is committed to helping students complete their degrees. In 2011, Ohio State’s six-year graduation rate was 82% percent, up from 78 percent in 2010 and well above the national graduation rate of 57 percent.

  • Engineering and architecture bachelor’s degrees awarded (2011-2012) 1,255
  • Average ACT score for incoming Ohio State engineering students (2012) 29.2
  • Average ACT score for all students nationally who planned to major in engineering 23.2

Current Rankings

Ohio State’s engineering program is ranked first among all Ohio universities and 17th nationally among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 listing. The university ranks 14th in the country for research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Ohio State also ranks 9th in the nation among public universities in private support, which was more than $364 million for fiscal year 2012, when College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture private support exceeded $32 million.


  • 285 full-time engineering and architecture faculty members

  • 13 National Academy of Engineering members


  • Total research awards at Ohio State for fiscal year 2012 exceeded $452 million; the College of Engineering received over $117 million.

  • Ohio State’s industry-financed research and development expenditures in FY2012 received nearly $36.7 million.

  • More than 40 research centers and laboratories provide students with access to state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching.


  • Engineering undergraduate student enrollment is 6.7 percent minority (American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, Asian), 18.9 percent female and 7.8 percent international.

  • Knowlton School of Architecture undergraduate student enrollment is 14.7 percent minority (American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, Asian), 35.8 percent female and 8.8 percent international.

  • Full-time engineering and architecture faculty are 34.2 percent minority (American Indian, African American, Hispanic, Asian) and 19.2 percent female.


  • 51,244 known, living engineering alumni worldwide
  • 4,092 known, living architecture alumni worldwide