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Ohio State welcomes one of the most outstanding freshman classes in university history

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University will welcome one of the most outstanding classes of first year students in its history next week. An estimated 7,000 new freshmen begin the academic year on Aug. 27.

On Monday, Ohio State will mobilize those first year students to Nationwide Arena for a unique pep-rally style program to introduce them to Columbus and the key places to go, things-to-do and ways to get involved. The Columbus Welcome Event is a program organized by Ohio State and the City of Columbus in partnership with businesses and institutions across the city. The goal is to begin showing students why they should stay in Columbus after graduation.

The incoming class is one of the best based on a variety of scores and measures, according the Dolan Evanovich, vice president for strategic enrollment planning. It is also the result of the largest number of freshman applications the university has ever received. He outlined the freshman class profile during a media briefing today.

According to projected figures, the entering class is again stronger than the previous year, with higher average ACT and SAT scores, and higher percentages of students ranked in the top 10 and 25 percent of their high school classes. In addition, Ohio State received 42,790 applications, nearly double the 2009 application total.
Details: Ohio State University Freshman Class Profile 

“It’s a great time to be a Buckeye, and students and their families are seeing that,” said Evanovich. “This outstanding incoming class brings diversity and talent to the university and to Columbus.”

New first year students come from all 88 Ohio counties, 49 states and 33 countries. Nearly 20 percent are from central Ohio, 21 percent are first-generation college students and the gender breakdown is 50/50.

“The student experience includes getting involved both on campus and in the community,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for student life. “They’ll get to know Columbus during the welcome event at Nationwide Arena on Monday, and on Tuesday, during Ohio State’s Community Commitment service event, they’ll volunteer with community agencies and serve Columbus.”

As new Buckeyes, first-year students will join a student community that last year volunteered more than 1.1 million hours on service projects in Columbus, on campus, and around the world.

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.