Ohio State University
#104 Overall Influence#77 Desirability Rank

Ohio State University

Public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

Ohio State University Rankings

By James Barham, PhD

Ohio State University (OSU) was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. Three years later, in 1873, the new school opened its doors to a small group of 24 students. In 1878, the first class of just six students graduated.

From these modest beginnings, the school grew rapidly. In recognition of the increasing demand for course offerings of wider scope, the same year that the first degrees were granted (1878) the Ohio state legislature changed the school’s name to its present form.

Over time, OSU opened five regional campuses—in the towns of Newark, Lima, Marion, Mansfield, and Wooster. Counting the Columbus flagship campus and the five satellite campuses all together, OSU’s student body today numbers more than 68,000 individuals—making the school one of the largest in the US.

Among the many distinguished persons who have been associated with OSU, we may mention the following:

  • Mathematicians, Grace Marie Bareis, Hans Julius Zassenhaus, David Goss, David A. Huffman, Henry Mann, Georgia Benkart, Vitaly Bergelson & Avner Friedman
  • Mathematics educator, Arnold Ross
  • Computer scientist, Tamal Dey
  • Philosophers, Richard Kraut, Stewart Shapiro, Neil Tennant & Tamar Rudavsky
  • Poet, Kathy Fagan
  • Children’s author, R.L. Stine
  • Actors, Patricia Heaton & Ross Butler
  • Comedian, Richard Lewis
  • Artist, Roy Lichtenstein
  • Astronomer, Sidney Van den Bergh
  • Physicists, Wallace Clement Sabine & William A. Fowler (Nobel laureate)
  • Nanoscientist, Mauro Ferrari
  • Electrical engineers, Benjamin Garver Lamme, William Littell Everitt & John Louis Moll
  • Communications and systems control theorist, Hendrik Wade Bode
  • Roboticist, Vijay Kumar
  • Chemists, Paul Florey (Nobel laureate), Malcolm H. Chisholm, Roy J. Plunkett & Leo Paquette
  • Paleoclimatologist, Lonnie Thompson
  • Biochemist, Perry A. Frey
  • Microbiologist, Thomas D. Brock
  • Pathologist, James Bloodworth, Jr.
  • Cancer researcher, Judah Folkman
  • Psychologists, Julian B. Rotter, Gary Berntson, Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Sidney L. Pressey & Mahzarin Banaji
  • Social psychologist, Claude Steele
  • Linguist, Charles F. Hockett
  • Sociologist, Paul E. Bellair
  • Political scientists, Gregory A. Caldeira, Herb Asher, Gene Sharp & Alexander Wendt
  • Legal scholar, Peter M. Shane
  • Historians, Donald Kagan & Paul Herman Buck
  • Economist, Richard H. Steckel
  • Journalist, Walt Bogdanich
  • Former Ohio Governor, John Kasich
  • Current US Representative, Jim Jordan
  • Current US Senator, Sherrod Brown
  • 19th US President, Rutherford B. Hayes


What does this school look for?

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How much does it cost to attend?

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What's it like to attend this school?

The People

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The Campus

Where will you be attending?


190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus OH 43210

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

14 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

What is Ohio State University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Earth Sciences
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Computer Science
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Political Science
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Social Work
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Religious Studies

Other areas of influence

#27 World Rank #23 USA Rank
Criminal Justice

Influential People

Who are Ohio State University's Most influential alumni?

Ohio State University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Communications, and History. Ohio State University’s most academically influential people include Dawon Kahng, Harlan Ellison, and Larry Sanger.

Dawon Kahng
Dawon Kahng

South Korean engineer

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Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison

American writer

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Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger

American former professor, co-founder of Wikipedia, founder of Citizendium and other projects

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Raymond Lemieux
Raymond Lemieux

Canadian chemist

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Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein

American pop artist

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Lois McMaster Bujold
Lois McMaster Bujold

Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA

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Kenneth Burke
Kenneth Burke

American philosopher

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Gerald Rosselot
Gerald Rosselot

American physicist

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William Alfred Fowler
William Alfred Fowler

American nuclear physicist

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Hugo Diemer
Hugo Diemer

American mechanical engineer

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Fred Singer
Fred Singer

American physicist

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George Mueller
George Mueller

NASA official

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