The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 55,000 students select from 175 undergraduate majors and nearly 240 master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs. As 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. Its annual operating budget exceeds $4 billion.

The university’s total research expenditures in FY09 reached $716 million. Ohio State ranks among the top-10 universities in research expenditures and second in industry-sponsored research, according to the most recent federal government statistics on research expenditures. 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 8,200 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 635,293 degrees since 1878. Its legacy extends to more than 465,000 living alumni.

Points of Pride

• Ohio State’s 2010 admitted class (Columbus campus) is the most academically prepared in the university’s history, with an average ACT score of 28.1. Fifty-four percent of admitted students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

• In a comparison of tuition costs to graduate earning power in SmartMoney magazine, Ohio State ranks 11th best nationally, with an average return of 179 percent on tuition investment.

• Ohio State now boasts some of the nation’s finest facilities for students, including the new Ohio Union, the Student Academic Services, the restored Thompson Library, and the Recreation and Physical Activity Center.

• Ohio State leads the country in the number of new “fellows” named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with 17 Ohio State researchers recognized among the 2009 class.

• In 2009, more than 19,097 students provided 473,444 hours of community service to Ohioans.

• Ohio State partners with more than 240 Ohio-based businesses. Combined with international research partner Battelle, the university anchors central Ohio’s premier research corridor, which holds significant promise for incubating new technology enterprises, creating jobs, and garnering national interest.

• Ohio State climbed to 18th among the nation’s best public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which links first-year student programs and internships to student success.

• The Ohio State University Medical Center was named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 17th consecutive year. ProjectONE, the Medical Center’s $1 billion expansion project, will generate 5,000 new construction jobs and an additional 10,000 new full-time jobs, nearly doubling its economic impact on central Ohio.

• Ohio State sports is the largest self-supporting athletics program in the country. In 2009–10, the Department of Athletics transferred nearly $29 million to university initiatives, including $9 million to the renovation of Thompson Library, which reopened in autumn 2009.