Our History
Ohio State's roots go back to 1870, when the Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The new college was made possible through the provisions of the Land-Grant Act, signed by President Lincoln on July 2, 1862. This legislation revolutionized the nation's approach to higher education, bringing a college degree within reach of all high school graduates.

The college's curriculum was a matter of bitter dispute among politicians, the public, and educators. One faction, the "narrow gauge" group, held that the college should devote itself solely to the teaching of agriculture and mechanical arts. The "broad gauge" faction wanted a wider program that featured English and ancient and foreign languages as well. Joseph Sullivant, a member of the first Board of Trustees, pushed the "broad gauge" idea through the Board of Trustees, where it passed by a margin of 8-7. His legacy endures; Ohio State continues to offer a broad-based, liberal arts education and a diverse range of study.

 Classes began at the new college on September 17, 1873. Twenty-four students met at the old Neil farm just two miles north of Columbus. In 1878 the college's name was changed to The Ohio State University. In that same year the first class of six men graduated, and in 1879, the university graduated its first woman.

Distance Education & eLearning
Distance education and eLearning at Ohio State are critical components in our mission to lead this university into the future. To say distance education and eLearning have increased significantly in the past five years would be an understatement. Technology now affords us the opportunity to become the land-grant university of the world. It accelerates our community’s ability to solve the grand challenges of the 21st Century. It enables new learning programs in our global gateways, creates new partnerships with businesses, and sparks connections to our passionate Ohio State alumni. Our team is passionate about the role technology can play at Ohio State. We love what we do. Our mission is to provide students on and off campus with an enriched educational experience for a lifetime of learning through technology-ready classrooms, centralized learning systems, innovations in technological pedagogy, and distance education opportunities.

Ohio State's Vision
The Ohio State University will be the world’s preeminent public comprehensive university, solving problems of world-wide significance.

Ohio State's Mission
We exist to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Ohio State's Values
Shared values are the commitments made by the Ohio State community regarding how work will be conducted.

Our values at Ohio State include:

  • Excellence
  • Collaborating as One University „ 
  • Acting with Integrity „ 
  • Personal Accountability „ 
  • Diversity in People and Ideas „ 
  • Change and Innovation „ 
  • Simplicity in our Work „ 
  • Openness and Trust