September

Thousands ride to end cancer. More than 7,270 riders took part in last month's Pelotonia 14, raising $13.5 million so far. Since 2009, the weekend cycling event has raised nearly $75 million for cancer research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Most impressive freshman class yet. Ohio State's 7,000 first-year students are the most outstanding in university history with a projected ACT average score of 28.8. Ninety-three percent of freshmen graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes.

Buckeye Bullet sets new world record. The Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, an electric vehicle designed and built by Ohio State students in partnership with Venturi Automobiles, set a new international record in August – reaching an average speed of 212 mph. During runs in Utah, its fastest speed was 270 mph.

Transforming K-12 education. The Ohio Straight A Fund Program awarded nearly $27 million to fund six education projects at Ohio State that will modernize education in school districts across the state. From moving to digital classrooms to expanding access to college-level courses for high schoolers, the projects will enhance education and save districts $58 million.

Wex turns 25. The Wexner Center for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with a season of exciting programs, including the Sept. 21 debut of the world-class Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection.

Fulbrights abound. Fifteen students have been offered Fulbright grants for the 2014-15 academic year. Fulbright grants offer one year of academic study, teaching experience or research across the globe.

Improving off-campus safety. Student Life, Columbus Division of Fire and local landlords are partnering in the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program, promoting safety, security and sustainability through housing assessments and new equipment. More than 2,000 safety devices – from smoke detectors to window alarms – have been distributed.

Multiple myeloma treatment breakthrough. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute researchers discovered that genetically modifying cells might effectively treat multiple myeloma, a disease that will kill more than 11,000 people this year. In an early study with animals, researchers found that modified T cells can target a molecule on myeloma cells and terminate them.

Investing in substance abuse prevention and recovery. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded $2 million to establish The Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery. The center will develop programs and policies to reduce the challenges experienced by students struggling with substance abuse issues.

Top honors for Ohio State chemist. Susan Olesik, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the first woman to receive the Award for Chromatography from the American Chemical Society. She also received the 2014 Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach honoring her impact on STEM education throughout Ohio.

By the Numbers

16th among the nation's best public universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges"

1st among Ohio publics in academics

21 years Wexner Medical Center has been named one of the country's best by U.S. News & World Report

10 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

12th in the nation for sought-after graduates, as ranked by the Wall Street Journal

63,964 students enrolled

78 percent of freshmen are from Ohio

500,000+ Ohio State's living alumni

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Ohio State statistical summary