The Ohio State University has climbed in the rankings of the nation’s best public and private universities according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges released today ranks Ohio State – the nation’s largest campus – as 18th among all public universities and 53rd among all 262 national institutions rated. Last year, Ohio State rated 56th among all universities and 19th among publics.

The rankings show steady improvement over the last five years. Ohio State has climbed from 62nd among all universities (public and private) in 2004 and 22nd among publics.

As a top-20 public university, Ohio State is again the state’s top public institution.

“This latest recognition underscores the power of collaboration – among the University’s talented faculty and staff, gifted students, dedicated alumni, caring business and community leaders, and supportive elected officials,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. “Together, we are fulfilling our noble public purpose to improve lives and enrich communities.”

The publication also lists two Ohio State initiatives as outstanding examples of programs linked to …

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