August 2016

Most donors in Ohio State history — again. A record-breaking 245,653 alumni and friends supported the university in the last fiscal year. They contributed $454 million in total giving, with $388 million in cash — also records. The generosity of Buckeye Nation has never been greater as the university prepares to celebrate the conclusion of the But for Ohio State Campaign.

Election '16. As a research powerhouse in a battleground state, Ohio State is an incubator for ideas, analysis and reaction. During the 2016 presidential election, this collective knowledge means insight for voters. The university’s many faculty scholars are providing expertise on everything from the effects of media on the electorate to the economic impact of party conventions. Read all about it today.

Seeking security. Fifty million Americans don’t know from where their next meal will come. That is why Ohio State is committing almost $125 million in the next decade to address food security. Faculty, staff, students and alumni from all disciplinary fronts are tackling this critical issue, part of a focus on community engagement in President Michael V. Drake's 2020 Vision for the university.

We’re number one! Ohio State was No. 1 in a national ranking measuring digital media success in collegiate athletics. The Buckeyes have the largest fan base on social media with more than 3.5 million followers on numerous platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube and others. Even Brutus is in on the digital action as America’s most followed mascot on Twitter. #GoBucks, indeed.

Making a world of difference. Ohio State scientists attracted international attention for developing paper strips that detect diseases, including malaria, for a cost of only 50 cents per strip. The idea was conceived as a way to get inexpensive diagnoses to people in rural Africa and southeast Asia, where malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people and infects hundreds of millions every year.

By the Numbers

16th among the nation's best public universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 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

11 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