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


  • #16 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 4th among all universities in industry-sponsored research (National Science Foundation)

  • #1 Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #7 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)

  • #11 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

  • Ranked among the World's Most Innovative Universities (Reuters)

  • #6 top U.S. Fulbright producer

  • #4 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

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

  • 72% of first-year classes have 50 or fewer students in them

Resume builders

  • #7 for number of students studying abroad (Open Doors Report)

  • More than 200 education 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.

  • 28 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 10 LGBT-friendly school (Campus Pride Index)

  • A+ for Best Campus Food (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

  • Recognized for using more green power than any other school in the Big Ten (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 and second years of the four-year EcoCAR competition

The Ohio State value

  • Top 20 Best Public College Values (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance)

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

  • Top 5 for raising graduation rates among black students and narrowing completion gaps between black and white students (The Education Trust)

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