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Established: 1870

Ranking: Top 20 among national public universities, U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges”

Colleges: 14

Undergraduate majors: 175

Courses offered (est.): 12,000

Total enrollment: 63,058

Undergraduates: 49,466

First-year classes with fewer than 50 students: 71 percent

ACT composite score range, middle 50 percent: 26–30

Living alumni: 500,000

Size of Columbus campus: More than 1,700 acres and 451 buildings

The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 56,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 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, 2010-2011, topped $828 million. 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 6,671 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 669,552 degrees since 1878.

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Ohio State strives to be an intellectually vibrant, socially just community that welcomes all Buckeyes.

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is one of the oldest and most prominent offices of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1970, ODI has supported the recruitment, retention and success of students, faculty and staff who enhance the diversity of The Ohio State University. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion oversees the Hale Center, the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, the American Disability Act program (ADA), the nine-city Young Scholars Program, as well as being home to a wide-range of retention, mentoring, scholarship, and access programs.

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Ohio's capital is a friendly city of sleek, modern high-rises and century-old buildings along the banks of the Scioto River. In addition to being home to one of the finest universities in the nation, its attractions range from a rich visual and performing arts scene to a renowned zoo, exciting sports, fine restaurants, and enough specialty shops, outlets, and malls to satisfy even the most avid of browsers and buyers. Add to this a special-events calendar that rivals that of any other city its size, and you'll never lack things to do in Columbus.

Highlights include the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on the west bank of the Scioto River; the Santa Maria replica docked on the downtown riverfront; three historic downtown theaters (the Ohio Theatre, the Palace, and the Great Southern); the Columbus Zoo; and a wide range of festivals and cultural events.

Sports enthusiasts can choose from a variety of professional and collegiate sports, including the Ohio State Buckeyes; the Columbus Crew (major league soccer); Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL hockey); and the Columbus Clippers (AAA Baseball). But sports fans aren't the only ones who will enjoy the fun and flavor of the Arena District. This area also offers some of the city's most delectable eateries and nightspots, as well as fine shops and convenient hotel accommodations.

Three urban districts provide unique opportunities to shop, dine, and explore. Just south of downtown is German Village, the nation's largest privately restored historic neighborhood. The adjacent Brewery District is a spirited entertainment area. And at downtown's northern edge is the Short North arts district, often referred to as Columbus's version of SoHo. The Columbus suburbs of Worthington, Westerville, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Dublin, and New Albany also welcome visitors with a variety of attractions and events.

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More than 23,000 talented faculty and staff, with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds, support university and medical center operations every day. Working at Ohio State is rewarding on many levels - our faculty and staff enjoy excellent benefits, a team environment and challenging careers.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


The Ohio State University will be the world’s preeminent public comprehensive university, solving problems of world-wide significance.


We exist to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge.


Shared values are the commitments made by the Ohio State community regarding how work will be conducted. Our values at Ohio State include:

  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Collaboration as One University
  • Acting with Integrity
  • Personal Accountability
  • Diversity in People and Ideas
  • Change and Innovation
  • Simplicity in our Supporting Processes
  • Openness and Trust

Core Goals

Four institution-wide goals are fundamental to Ohio State’s mission and future success: 

  • Teaching and Learning:  to provide an unsurpassed, student-centered learning experience led by engaged, world-class faculty and enhanced by a globally diverse student body.
  • Research and Innovation:  to create distinctive and internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of fundamental knowledge and scholarship and to solutions of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Outreach and Engagement:  to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with the citizens and institutions of Ohio, the nation, and the world so that our communities are actively engaged in the exciting work of The Ohio State University.
  • Resource Stewardship:  to become the model for an affordable public university recognized for financial sustainability, unsurpassed management of human and physical resources, and operational efficiency and effectiveness. 

Discovery Themes

The university’s move to eminence will be founded in three discovery themes

  • Health and Wellness
  • Energy and Environment
  • Food Production and Security
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