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U.S. News: Ohio State again the state’s top public university

COLUMBUS – According to the U.S. News & World Report 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges released today, The Ohio State University is ranked 18th among the nation’s public universities and the best in Ohio.

The publication also recognizes three Ohio State initiatives as outstanding examples of programs linked to student success. The university’s First Year Experience program is recognized for helping connect first-year students to the university and the larger community. It also cites Ohio State’s Learning Communities, residential programs that allow students to take courses as a group. In addition, Ohio State’s Service Learning program is noted among programs that feature community service as an instructional strategy.

“Ohio State’s strong position among the nation’s best public universities is testament to our gifted faculty and staff, well-prepared students, caring alumni, and engaged community partners,” said President E. Gordon Gee. “The rankings are all the more meaningful because the editors have singled out unique and highly effective programs that enhance the student experience, reinforce learning, and directly benefit the people of Ohio.”

Among all 262 national institutions rated, both public and private, Ohio State ranked 56th overall. Among public institutions, Ohio State shares its 18th - place ranking with Purdue, the University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on peer and high school counselor assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni contributions.

The rankings, which use 2009 statistics, note improvement in several categories. The freshman retention improved from 92 to 93%, and the graduation rate increased from 73 to 75%.

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 was rated 14th in the nation (up from 16 last year), and seventh among public universities.

Among Ph.D.-granting private and public colleges, Ohio State’s College of Engineering is rated 26th overall and 17th among publics in the category.

Last month, the magazine named The Ohio State University Medical Center one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 18th consecutive year. The OSU Medical Center leads the region with 11 specialties named as among the best in America. The medical center’s heart program jumped 17 places – from 37 to 20 – to earn a spot as one of the nation’s best. The magazine also recognized Ohio State programs in cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, gynecology, kidney disorders, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, rehabilitation, urology, and ear, nose and throat as being among the best in the country.

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 55,000 students enrolled at its main Columbus campus, 14 colleges and 175 majors, the university offers its students exceptional breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions. A national research powerhouse, the university ranks tenth among all universities in research expenditures and a remarkable second place when it comes to industry-sponsored research.