The Ohio State University is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive academic institutions. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized with a top-rated academic medical center and premier cancer hospital and research center. Founded as a federal land-grant institution in 1870, the university has awarded 681,223 degrees since 1878, and its legacy extends to more than half a million living alumni throughout the world. More than 57,000 students on the Columbus campus select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors and 240 master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs.
Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. Over 6,500 additional students attend Ohio State’s regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark, and the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.
Campus life is diverse and vibrant. As the largest single-campus university in the United States, the student body boasts an unusually diverse mix of students from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with nearly 23% of the students classified as first-generation college students, a figure that far exceeds the nationwide average of 15.9%.
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Dr. Michael V. Drake
Dr. Michael V. Drake’s service in higher education spans nearly four decades and includes senior leadership roles at universities and national organizations dedicated to advancing education. He became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014.
His vision for the university’s future focuses on access, affordability and excellence, with an emphasis on groundbreaking research and modern and effective teaching. Other focus areas include deepening the university’s community engagement and advancing inclusive excellence and diversity.
From July 2005 to June 2014, Dr. Drake served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, where he played a crucial role in advancing the university’s sustainability efforts and increasing minority enrollment. Prior to that, he served five years as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system. He also spent more than 20 years on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.
Dr. Drake is an alumnus of Stanford University (BA) and UC San Francisco (MD). He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Drake has been named vice chair of the Association of American Universities for 2016-17 and will serve as chair for 2017-18. He also serves in leadership roles for the University Innovation Alliance, National Collegiate Athletic Association and B1G 10 and as chair of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.