Keeping an eye on Buckeye Staters' education is The Ohio State University (OSU). The school has an enrollment of about 64,000 students at its flagship Columbus campus, making it the nation's second-largest university in terms of enrollment, after Arizona State University. OSU also has four regional campuses and two agricultural institutes. Its 6,000 faculty members offer instruction in some 170 undergraduate and about 250 graduate programs, with a student-teacher ratio of 19:1. The colleges and schools range from the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture to the College of Medicine and Public Health to the Fisher College of Business. OSU was established in 1870 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.
The Ohio State University has campuses in Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. It has two agricultural centers in Wooster and a freshwater biological field station (the Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory) on Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay Harbor on Lake Erie. The school also operates The Ohio State University Medical Center.
The university has enjoyed an upward trend in revenue during recent fiscal years. The trend is a direct result of increases in tuition fees and undergraduate enrollments.
The school has an endowment of about $1.9 billion. It has annual research expenditures of more than $700 million. Its research efforts are focused on global climate change, cancer, infectious disease, advance materials, and ag-bio products.
OSU invested about $1 billion in its Medical Center expansion project in recent years. The university typically invests an average of around $300-$400 million each year in capital expenditures to improve its teaching and facilities.
Noteworthy university alumni include astronaut Nancy Sherlock Currie, golfer Jack Nicklaus, author John Jakes, and Olympian Jesse Owens. – less