Ohio State University was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1878, the college became Ohio State University. In 2007, Ohio State was officially designated as the flagship institution of Ohio's public universities. The University's mission is to “…advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge.”
As a public institution of higher education, Ohio State University awards bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, post-master's certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. For students who are unable to attend in-class learning sessions, Ohio State University offers select online class options, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees that can be earned completely online.