The Ohio State University is one of the largest state universities in the United States, consisting of the main campus in Columbus, Ohio, and branch campuses located in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. The university was founded in 1870 following its establishment under Abraham Lincoln's Land-Grant Act.
The Columbus campus is currently the second largest single campus in the USA, after The University of Texas at Austin; in 2002 there were 48,477 students enrolled at the Columbus campus.  The university is noted especially for its linguistics department and colleges of business, education, and engineering. The medical school is home to the James Cancer Hospital, a leading cancer research institute. The university also holds the honor of being the best public university in the state of Ohio as compiled by the U.S. News and World Report magazine in their annual college rankings special issue.
The school's sports teams are called the "Buckeyes" (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and the Big Ten Conference. Their football team won the 2002 college football national championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Its hockey program competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
OSU's "Buckeye Bullet" electric car broke the world record for the fastest speed by an electric vehicle on August 18, 2003 with a speed of 257 mph (413.6 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The former US record was 251.3 mph (404.4 km/h). The vehicle was designed, built and managed by a team of engineering students at the university's "Center for Automotive Research-Intelligent Transportation" (CAR-IT).
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