July 2016

Presidential playlist. From Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” Ohio State President Michael V. Drake incorporates music of the Civil Rights movement into a class that he teaches students on the turbulent and inspiring era of American history. It’s a perfect fit for Drake, a music fan and guitar player whose 2020 Vision for the university includes a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Ohio State adds brain power to Smart City. Collaboration with Ohio State and additional partners helped Columbus, Ohio, beat out more than 70 competitors to be named the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City. University scientists and facilities will now play a central role in implementing the $140 million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region.

News you can use. There are six elements of an effective apology, with two being essential for success. To strengthen an opinion, simply say it is based on morality. And maybe you should trust presidential candidates to answer the tough questions, after all. These findings only scratch the surface of the science behind Ohio State’s research powerhouse, which focuses on everything from cancer to food security.

Access, affordability and excellence. Ohio State hosted the National Summit on Collegiate Financial Wellness this summer, continuing to lead the conversation on one of the most pressing issues of our time. The university is dedicating $400 million to lowering the cost and improving the value of an Ohio State education, including $100 million in affordability grants. It also enacted the first comprehensive cost freeze for Ohio undergraduates in at least 40 years.

From Brazil with love. Students and alumni from around the world have earned coveted spots in this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Athletes will compete in sports including fencing, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, swimming and wrestling for the United States, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, Lebanon and the Bahamas — all while proudly representing Buckeye Nation.

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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