Quick facts

Buckeye pride, worldwide! Here are a few of the facts, ranking and bragging points that tell the Ohio State story.

About the university

  • Established in 1870

  • First graduating class: 1878

  • Locations:

    • Main campus in Columbus

    • Ohio residents may attend regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark, or the Ohio Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster

  • School mascot: Brutus Buckeye

  • School colors: Scarlet and Gray


  • Top 20 among the nation's best public universities; #1 among Ohio publics (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Ranked among the top 12 U.S. public research universities and 3rd among all universities in industry-sponsored research (National Science Foundation)

  • Named one of the most innovative universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report) and in the world (Reuters)

  • #8 Best Undergraduate Teaching among public universities; recognized for our "unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching" (U.S. News and World Report)

  • "Best of the Best" Veteran-Friendly Schools (U.S. Veterans Magazine) and #8 Best Colleges for Veterans (College Consensus)

  • Top 3 Best Online Bachelor's Programs (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #12 for most sought-after graduates (The Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters)

  • #12 Smartest Public Colleges in America (Business Insider)

  • First Year Experience (FYE), Learning Communities and Undergraduate Research programs have all been named among the nation’s exemplary programs leading to student success (U.S. News and World Report)

Majors + academics

  • A land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university

  • #8 top producer of Fulbright Scholars

  • #6 producer of Peace Corp volunteers

  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio

  • More than 12,000 courses

  • 18 colleges and schools

  • More than 200 academic centers and institutes, where research, policy-making, knowledge creation and student engagement is happening daily across many disciplines

  • 18 graduate and professional programs in the top 10 (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Nearly 80% of first-year classes have 50 or fewer students in them

Resume builders

  • #5 in the nation and #1 in the Big Ten for number of students studying abroad (Open Doors Report)

  • More than 200 study abroad programs offered in 50 countries on all 7 continents

  • Each year, two graduating seniors are recipients of the President’s Prize, the highest recognition the university bestows on exceptional students committed to social change. Each scholar receives a $50,000 living stipend and $50,000 in startup funding for a project with the potential to make a meaningful impact in the community.

  • 36 career fairs a year

  • Over 600 students from all majors participate in the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Life on campus

  • Ohio State is among the schools with the "happiest freshmen" (CBS MoneyWatch)

  • Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college, earning 5 out of 5 stars (Campus Pride)

  • A+ for campus food — the best in the Big Ten (Niche)

  • #3 Most Amazing Student Union (Best College Reviews)

  • All of Ohio State's campuses have been tobacco free since 2014

Scarlet, gray and green

  • Consistently at the top of the Big Ten in use of green power (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

  • Named among the top tier of national and international colleges and universities for sustainability (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

  • Buckeye engineering students have been crowned the winners in the first, second and third years of the four-year EcoCAR 3 competition

The Ohio State value

  • Top 20 Best Public College Values; top 25 for in-state (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance)

  • Nearly 45 percent of Buckeyes obtain their undergraduate degrees with no debt

  • Top 5 for improving both overall graduation rates and the graduation rates of underrepresented minority students (The Education Trust)

  • Over half a million alumni around the globe: your network!

  •  Gallup found that Ohio State alumni are far more likely than graduates of their peer groups to strongly agree that the university was the perfect school for them and that they can’t imagine a world without their school. Ohio State graduates are more likely than graduates nationally to be thriving in all five areas of well-being that Gallup measures: purpose, social, financial, physical and community.