COLUMBUS: The number of out-of-state applications to Ohio State University surpassed those from Ohio residents for the first time this year, as the university tries to offset a decline in the number of students graduating from high school in the state.
The university attributes the higher out-of-state applicants to its recruiting efforts in growing population areas in the Southwest and Southeast, along with overseas outreach in China, India and soon, Brazil.
The goal is creating a “brain gain” for Ohio State and for Ohio itself, said Dolan Evanovich, the university’s vice president for strategic enrollment planning.
The idea is to “bring in a very talented diverse pool of students to come to Ohio State that will eventually become Ohio residents and taxpayers,” Evanovich said. “That’s kind of the mantra, the strategy we’re implementing.”
Of Ohio State’s 35,000 applications for the upcoming school year, a record 56 percent are from out of state, Evanovich said.
Compare that with a decade ago, when just 26 percent of applicants were nonresidents.
Ohio State, typically among the country’s three biggest universities, has added recruiters in the past couple of years in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.
The university already had recruiters in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The university has also opened “gateway” outreach centers in Shanghai and Mumbai, India.
And President Gordon Gee recently returned from Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the university hopes to add a third center.
The record number of out-of-state applicants “shows the growing national, international nature of the university,” Gee said.