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Nine great reasons to choose Ohio State

1. Worldwide reputation and reach

Established in 1870, The Ohio State University has attained national and international distinction in education and research. The university ranks among the top 20 public universities in the United States, and was recently ranked 34th in U.S. News & World Report's list of "Best Global Universities." The Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities places Ohio State among the world’s top 60 universities.

2. The nation's most comprehensive research university

The university’s impressive growth in research expenditures and our commitment to excellence in research reflects the vitality, creativity and hard work of Ohio State’s dedicated scholars. Home to more than 75 centers and institutes, the university has achieved world-class status in such areas as global climate change, materials research, electromagnetics, cancer research, infectious diseases, agbioproducts and imaging. The university strives to retain, attract and reward the world’s top researchers and scholars.

3. Financial support for students

Ohio State’s nearly $983 million research budget translates to generous funding opportunities for thousands of students. Ohio State is ranked 12th among the nation's public universities in research expenditures and 4th among all universities in industry-supported research (National Science Foundation).

4. Excellent programs

Small, selective graduate programs

Ohio State offers more than 94 doctoral programs and 108 master's programs, and you can augment those programs with numerous graduate minors and interdisciplinary specializations. Few graduate program have more than 100 students and some have as few as 10. All graduate programs offer you the opportunity to forge personal and lasting relationships with your advisor, other members of the faculty and peers.

Professional programs proven to prepare you

In addition, we offer six professional programs and four undergraduate professional programs. In support of these programs we have one of the largest and most diverse health sciences centers in the nation, including the top ranked Wexner Medical Center. You won't just read about tomorrow's technologies here -- you'll experience them first hand. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is a premier public law school that provides a stimulating, diverse community and world-class faculty. All of our professional programs boast high outcomes rates, measured by the percentage of students who pass certification, licensure or board exams, and job placement rates.

5. Expert faculty, expert students

Ohio State students benefit from working with researchers, scholars and scientists who are highly engaged with research and scholarship in their fields. Many students come to Ohio State to work with specific faculty. Conversely, top faculty are attracted to Ohio State because they know they will work with talented graduate and professional students. Ohio State’s faculty includes Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. The university leads the country in the number of faculty elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

6. Cutting-edge facilities

Ohio State invests in the facilities and resources that support the campus community’s research, innovation and discovery. Our success in obtaining National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other grants has advanced the construction of extensive laboratory and clinical infrastructure. Check your program’s website for information about their offerings.

University Libraries, one of the largest library systems in North America, encompasses a wide range of specialty libraries in the humanities and sciences, and prides itself on expert staff and accessible resources.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio. Ohio State's medical center includes a top 30 College of Medicine, six hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, more than a dozen research centers and institutes, and 20 core laboratories. We have more health sciences colleges located in close proximity to one another than any other U.S. university.

7. Diverse community

Ohio State is a diverse, international community that welcomes and supports all students. Read the Graduate School's Diversity in Graduate Education statement.

8. Urban campus in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State's Columbus campus is a lovely, traditional campus located in the nation's 15th largest city. With a metro population of nearly 2 million, Columbus (the state’s capital) is a top ranked city with a young, educated workforce and vibrant cultural scene. Read more about Columbus.

9. Worldwide network of alumni

With more than half a million Ohio State alumni living all over the world, you’ll find a network of Buckeyes no matter where you go.