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Ohio State remains strong in U.S. News college ranking

Columbus, Ohio – As The Ohio State University welcomes its brightest class ever, U.S. News & World Report is again naming Ohio State the top public university in Ohio in its latest ranking of 268 national doctoral universities.

The university is 54 nationally and 18 among public institutions in rankings released today in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges.”

Ohio State is the only institution in the state ranked as a top-20 public university.

Ohio State’s ranking reflects specific increases in measures of undergraduate academic preparedness, including higher ACT/SAT scores, more students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and increasingly competitive admissions.

In addition, Ohio State’s strong support of veteran students earned the university a fifth-place ranking among the top 69 national universities that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply and pay for college and complete their degrees.

Once again, the publication names Ohio State’s First Year Experience, Learning Communities and Undergraduate Research initiatives as outstanding examples of programs that lead to student success. The programs have been honored each year since U.S. News began assessing them in 2002.

“As one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities, Ohio State is deeply committed to academic excellence while maintaining financial accessibility,” said President Michael V. Drake. “The recognition of our programs to enrich the student experience underscores our founding mission to provide students with the tools they need to succeed and thrive.”

The report also evaluated undergraduate business and engineering programs. Among both private and public universities, Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business was rated 20 in the nation (10 among public universities), and its logistics program is ranked five nationally.

Among Ph.D.-granting private and public universities, Ohio State’s College of Engineering is rated 26 overall and 14 among publics in the category.

The U.S. News ranking follows recent recognitions by other prestigious ranking organizations:

Washington Monthly magazine ranked Ohio State University 18in its annual College Guide and Rankings , based on three criteria: civic engagement, research and social mobility. Washington Monthly gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, enroll low-income students and help them graduate and are affordable to attend.

  • The Center for World University Rankings ranked Ohio State 47 among all institutions worldwide and 44 nationally.

About The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.