Ohio State University is a public research institution established in 1870. A federal land-grant institution, Ohio State’s main campus, located in Columbus, Ohio, is the third largest university campus in the United States with 1,900 acres and nearly 600 buildings. Ohio State also operates smaller, regional campuses throughout the state in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster. Ranked in the top 20 of the best public universities in America, Ohio State has also gained recognition for its top-rated academic medical center and premier cancer hospital research center. The university leads in several medical fields, having gained world-class status, particularly in the areas of cancer, infectious disease, and advanced materials. Highly committed to research, the Ohio State’s research expenditures have exceeded more than $980 million.
Academic ProgramsAccredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Ohio State University awards degrees ranging from undergraduate to doctoral. Approximately 250 masters, doctoral and professional degree programs are offered through the university’s Graduate School. An estimated 12,000 undergraduate programs are offered through the university’s fifteen colleges and schools, which include: the Austin E. Kowlton School of Architecture; College of Arts & Sciences; Fisher College of Business; College of Dentistry; College of Education and Human Ecology; College of Engineering; School of Environment and Natural Resources; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Medicine; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; The John Glenn College of Public Affairs; College of Public Health; and the College of Social Work.
A variety of internships, co-ops, and research opportunities are available to students, allowing them to put into practice the subjects learned in the classroom as well as form valuable networks with faculty and experts. Ohio State also offers more than 200 study abroad programs in over 50 countries along with nearly 100 service-learning courses where students participate in community projects which help them to deepen their understanding of an issue and gain valuable experience.
Student LifeOhio State University’s student body consists of nearly 60,000 enrolled students, including more than 44,000 undergraduates. With a few exceptions, all unmarried, full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus in one of the university’s residence halls. Advantages of living on campus include close proximity to classes, the ability to connect and become more involved in student life and access to the full-time professional staff and resident advisors who live in each housing complex. Ohio State also offers students the option of living in a unique Learning Community, where students who share the same major, career, and/or personal interests live together on the same residence hall floor. Through these small communities which form partnerships with academic departments and faculty, students gain exclusive access to activities that relate directly to their academic success.
Ohio State’s campus is a buzz of activity with more than 1,000 student organizations and groups, including intercollegiate, club and recreational sports programs; a number of student media organizations and publications; Greek life; and at least three active student governments. A member of the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State boasts nearly 40 varsity teams, nicknamed the Buckeyes, which compete at the NCAA Division I-A level.