September 2016

Unprecedented demand, talent. The desire for an Ohio State education has never been greater with a record number of applications to become a Buckeye. The 2016 first-year class, meanwhile, is the most diverse and talented in university history. Efforts focused on access, affordability and excellence continue to help make Ohio State a top choice for students and families, faculty and partners.

Cycle of generosity. More than $122 million has been raised thus far through Pelotonia, the university's annual cycling event to fight cancer. The generosity of Buckeye riders and volunteers goes to research — and the impact for patients and their families is profound. This year, nearly 8,000 riders already have helped to raise more than $16 million, with fundraising continuing through October 7.

Scarlet, gray and gold. Buckeye wrestler Kyle Snyder became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history at the games in Rio de Janeiro — and Ohio State's first wrestling gold medalist in 92 years. His Olympic story is one of many for students and alumni at the games. Athletes from around the world represented Buckeye Nation in fencing, rowing, soccer, swimming and more.

Powerful partnerships. The university's engagement across the state is driving innovations and impacts for Ohio citizens — from the town-gown collaborations highlighted at the Columbus Welcome event for new students to efforts focused on affordability, food security and more on President Michael V. Drake's state tour. Community engagement is a key part of Drake's 2020 Vision for Ohio State.

International exemplar. When Prince Albert II of Monaco wanted to learn more about innovative approaches to environmental and sustainability challenges, he turned to Ohio State — visiting with President Drake and a host of university leaders, scientists and students during a fact-finding tour of campus. Of particular interest were the nationally recognized zero-waste efforts at Ohio Stadium.

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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