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Ohio State students continue to set new university records

The Ohio State University continues to make progress in attracting, retaining and graduating an increasingly bright and diverse student body, according to a report made before the Board of Trustees. The 2014 freshman class set all time high points in a variety of scores and measures, and the class that will enter in 2015 is expected to be even better.

Dolan Evanovich, vice president for strategic enrollment planning, updated the board on the university’s progress in achieving the goals of the 2010 enrollment plan, which laid a framework for increasing the quality, quantity, diversity and overall profile of the Ohio State student body by 2015.

“The numbers tell a great university success story, and illustrate the drawing power of an Ohio State education,” said Evanovich. “We are at an all time high in the number of applications received, ACT scores, and percent of students in the top 10 and top 25 percent of their high school classes.”

He said in many areas, the enrollment plan goals have been met or exceeded. “Last year we had nearly 43 thousand applications; our goal was 40,000.”

Diversity goals of the enrollment plan have also been accomplished, with increases in out- of-state and international students, transfer students and underrepresented minorities.

The 2014-15 Enrollment Report provides key data about the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students on all of Ohio State's campuses as well as a profile for the exceptional class of first-year students that began in the fall.

  • The 2014 Columbus freshman class achieved record-high quality measures with an average ACT of 28.8; 61 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and 95 percent were in the top quarter.
  • First-year student retention of the class entering in 2013 increased to 94 percent
  • The six-year graduation rate climbed to a record 84 percent and the four-year graduation rate has improved to 59 percent.
  • Enrollment on the Columbus campus is 58,322 and total enrollment at all campuses is a record high of 64,868.

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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 64,000 students (including 58,000 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.