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

Rankings

  • 1st among Ohio publics and No. 17 among all publics (U.S. News and World Report's 2019 edition of "America's Best Colleges")

  • Top 12 public research university and No. 3 nationally in industry-sponsored research (National Science Foundation)

  • 8th among public universities for innovation (U.S. News & World Report)

  • 8th Best Undergraduate Teaching among public universities (U.S. News and World Report)

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

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

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

  • First Year Experience (FYE), Learning Communities and Undergraduate Research programs 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

  • 8th top producer of Fulbright Scholars

  • 6th top 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 happen daily across many disciplines

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

  • Nearly 75% of first-year classes have 50 or fewer students

Resume builders

  • 2nd among U.S. publics and No. 17 nationally for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

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

  • 5th in the nation and No. 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)

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

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

Scarlet, gray and green

  • Maintains a STARS gold rating for sustainability (The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System)

  • 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)

The Ohio State value

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

  • 1st among U.S. flagship universities for efforts to control in-state tuition over the past decade (Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • 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!

  • 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 it (Gallup)