What's Your Passion?
Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs is the place to launch a lifetime of making positive change in the world. Whether you see yourself tackling homelessness in your community, taming the growing national debt, or creating educational opportunities for impoverished women around the globe the Glenn College’s degree programs will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and experiences to get things done.
What separates the students at the Glenn College from everyone else? Our graduates have the tools to make their passion their life’s work. We’ll teach you how to turn your passion into policy. Helping you make a change in the issues that matter to you drives the Glenn College experience.
Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, received the John Glenn College of Public Affairs’ Excellence in Public Service Award at a reception in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, June 21, 2010. For more than 20 years, this award has been given annually to individuals with an outstanding tradition of service in the public interest.
Chairman Wheeler is a graduate of Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and is the 31st Chairman of the FCC. As chairman of one of the world’s most powerful regulatory agencies he has taking steps to spur competition and innovation in telecommunications, cable and broadband service. He is also a champion of Ohio State students. Glenn College BA alum Regina Black served as an intern in his office when he was first appointed chairman and four OSU law students (one of whom is a dual degree student) currently serve in his office.
John Wolfe, a long-time supporter of the Glenn College and member of the Glenn College’s Board of Advisors, died on June 24, 2010. He was 72.
Wolfe, the former publisher of The Columbus Dispatch, was a noted philanthropist and community leader. Through his service on the boards of many organizations, in advisory and committee roles, and his philanthropy, Wolfe was instrumental in advancing community assets he loved, such as The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Franklin Park Conservatory, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Scioto Mile, The Columbus Zoo and many others.
The Ohio State University is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States that is hosting a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The Glenn College and the Center for African Studies organized a six-week academic and leadership institute focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance. The mandela fFellowship provides 1,000 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked best in Ohio and 25 nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
In addition, four of the Glenn College’s specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best. Public Management Administration is positioned at No. 14. Public Policy Analysis moved up four places to No. 16. The Public Finance and Budgeting specialty is No. 21. For the first time, the Glenn College’s specialty in Nonprofit Management has been ranked debuting at No.17.
Ranked No.29 in the last U.S. News rating cycle (2012), the Glenn College has catapulted up 17 points from its founding in 2007. Its current position makes it one of the highest ranked graduate programs at The Ohio State University.