Ohio State University is a public research university that was founded in 1870. The school is located in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is the largest and capital city of the state of Ohio. Columbus is also the third most populous city in the Midwest – only behind Chicago and Indianapolis. Ohio State currently enrolls approximately 44,000 undergraduates, which is one of the largest enrollments among universities in the United States. Their official school colors are scarlet and gray.
Ohio State University is one of the best all around universities in the United States. The school is ranked among the top 50 universities in the United States and among the top 100 worldwide. In 2011 the school was awarded 5 stars for excellence by the QS World University Rankings. The top undergraduate program at Ohio State is in the Fisher College of Business – it was ranked as a top 15 program nationwide. Ohio State University has several academic programs that are ranked among the top 15 in their respective industries.
Not only is Ohio State one of the most successful academic schools, they are also one of the top athletic schools in the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes currently compete athletically in the Big 10 conference, and it is difficult to find a sport that they do not succeed at. Ohio State is one of only five schools to win a national championship in all three major men’s sports (football, basketball, baseball). They are also one of only two schools to play in the national championship game for both football and basketball in the same year. Their biggest conference rival is the Michigan Wolverines, which is considered to be one of the best rivalries in sports.
The Ohio State Buckeyes band is also famous, and many consider it to be the best university band in the country. Their signature “dotting of the i” in Ohio has become etched in the minds of sports fans across the country.
On January 12, 2015 the Ohio State Buckeyes football team became the first team to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Famous Ohio State Alumni
- George Steinbrenner – Owner of the New York Yankees
- Bob Knight – One of the winningest coaches in NCAA basketball history.
- Jack Nicklaus – One of the most famous professional golfers in history.
- Patricia Heaton – Emmy Award winner on the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond.
- Paul Brown – famous NFL coach and member of the Hall of Fame. The Cincinnati Bengals football stadium is named after him.
- Cris Carter – NFL Hall of Famer with the Minnesota Vikings.
- Archie Griffin – Only two time Heisman Trophy winner.