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OSU Top 11 Ag School According to QS World University Rankings

May. 10, 2013

You may have run across stories about the recent QS World University RankingsĀ© released, including the top agriculture and forestry schools in the world. The Ohio State University ranked 11th worldwide and 9th of US schools. It tied with University of California - Berkeley and University of Reading (United Kingdom). The world ranking system looks at 2,000 universities, evaluates over 700 universities, and ranks the top 400. The six indicators used in the rankings include (1) academic reputation, (2) employer reputation, (3) citations per faculty, (4) faculty student ratio, (5) proportion of international students, and (6) proposal of international faculty. Indicators 1 and 2 are assessed through the QS Global Academic Survey. To learn more about the ranking system, visit the World University Rankings page at In addition to the comparison ranking among peers, Ohio State is a five stars university. QS Stars Ratings "provide an overall rating and also highlight areas of excellence in particular aspects of their performance. The system allows for specialisation and uses devices such as student satisfaction surveys that are not part of international rankings. Successful universities are awarded between one and five Stars." Five stars university: "A typical five stars university is generally world class in a broad range of areas, enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty." To read more about the Star system, visit the QS Stars Methodology page at