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Ohio State climbs in latest U.S. News rankings

The Ohio State University has climbed in the rankings of the nation's best public and private universities according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges released today ranks Ohio State – the nation's largest campus – as 18th among all public universities and 53rd among all 262 national institutions rated. Last year, Ohio State rated 56th among all universities and 19th among publics.

The rankings show steady improvement over the last five years. Ohio State has climbed from 62nd among all universities (public and private) in 2004 and 22nd among publics.

As a top-20 public university, Ohio State is again the state's top public institution.

"This latest recognition underscores the power of collaboration – among the University's talented faculty and staff, gifted students, dedicated alumni, caring business and community leaders, and supportive elected officials," said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. "Together, we are fulfilling our noble public purpose to improve lives and enrich communities."

The publication also lists two Ohio State initiatives as outstanding examples of programs linked to student success. For the first time, Ohio State is cited for internship programs, which facilitate students gaining valuable hands-on work experience to complement classroom learning. The university's First Year Experience program is also recognized for helping connect first-year students to the university and the larger community.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni contributions. The rankings, which are based on 2008 statistics, note improvement in several categories. Freshman retention improved to 92 percent (up from 86 percent in U.S. News 2004 rankings) and the percentage of freshmen in the top ten percent of their high school class increased to 53 percent (up from 33 percent in U.S. News 2004 rankings).

This fall, Ohio State expects to welcome one of the brightest classes in university history.

To reach its conclusions, institutions are compared in categories that include academic reputation, freshmen retention, faculty resources, graduation rates, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

In addition to the overall institutional rankings, the magazine also annually ranks undergraduate programs in business and engineering. Among both private and public universities, Ohio State's Fisher College of Business is rated 16th in the nation, and 7th among public universities, up from last year's ranking of 17th nationally, and 8th among public universities.

Among Ph.D.-granting private and public colleges, Ohio State's College of Engineering is rated 26th overall and 15th among publics in the category, up from last year's ranking of 28th overall and 17th among publics.

Last month, another Ohio State institution earned exceptional marks from U.S. News. The magazine named The Ohio State University Medical Center one of "America's Best Hospitals" for the 17th consecutive year. The OSU Medical Center is among only 21 hospitals in the country named to the magazine's elite Honor Roll, which demonstrates a hospital's excellence in at least six specialties. The medical center leads the region with ten specialties named as among the best in America.

The U.S. News ranking follows recognition earlier this month by Newsweek. Ohio State is singled out as "Best for "Bold Applicants Ready to Try Everything." in "Finding the Right College for You," a listing of 25 colleges and universities that are good places for particular kinds of students.

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 53,000 students enrolled at its main Columbus campus, 17 colleges and more than 160 majors, the university offers its students exceptional breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.