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John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is a public policy and management school at The Ohio State University. The Glenn College offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in public affairs. The Glenn College provides research, training and technical assistance to state, public and nonprofit organizations. The college is named after United States Senator and Astronaut John Glenn. On January 30, 2015, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a change of status of the former John Glenn School of Public Affairs making the new John Glenn College of Public Affairs the 15th college at The Ohio State University.

John Glenn College of Public Affairs
DeanDr. Trevor Brown
Academic staff
Location, ,

39°59′57″N 83°00′35″W / 39.99916°N 83.009596°W / 39.99916; -83.009596Coordinates: 39°59′57″N 83°00′35″W / 39.99916°N 83.009596°W / 39.99916; -83.009596



The school officially was formed through a June 30, 2006 merger of the John Glenn Institute and the university's School of Public Policy and Management.[1] The John Glenn Institute was founded in 1998 as a public service, research, and professional development institute. The School of Public Policy and Management was a part of the College of Commerce, then College of Social and Behavioral Sciences after its 1969 founding.[2]

The Glenn College is home to the Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy and the Ohio Education Research Center. The college has a Washington, D.C. office that works with government agencies and NGOs and is the headquarters of the college's Washington Academic Internship Program.


According to the U.S. News & World Report in 2018, the Glenn College, is ranked No. 18 among the 282 public affairs schools nationwide and No. 1 in Ohio. Additionally, five of the College's graduate specialties have been ranked in the top 10% by U.S. News & World Report. These specialties are Nonprofit Management (No. 13), Public Management and Leadership (No. 19), Urban Policy (No. 19), Public Policy Analysis (No. 20) and Public Budgeting and Finance (No. 26).[3] The Glenn College was also ranked No. 13 in Public Administration by Academic Ranking of World Universities.[4]


According to the College, approximately 600 students participate in the Glenn College. Students of the Master's degree programs in 2018 were about 51% males and 49% females, with Underrepresented minorities making up nearly 21%. The Undergraduate degree programs have an underrepresented minority rate of 25%. The average GPA of the graduate admissions is 3.6 with an average GRE Quantitative percentile of 56.6.[5]

Degrees offeredEdit


The college offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis.


The college offers a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management and Master of Public Administration (MPA), and a PhD in Public Policy and Management.

Page HallEdit

The Glenn College is located in Page Hall, a building initially opened in 1903 and occupied by the law school, the business school, offices of the Ohio Department of Health, the old College of Commerce and Journalism (the school of public administration that is a component of the John Glenn School was part of the College of Commerce), and the College of Music.

The predecessor John Glenn Institute moved into Page Hall after its 2003–2005 renovation.[6] The $16 million renovation gutted the interior, leaving only the facade.[citation needed] A crowd of nearly 500 watched the rededication on March 3, 2005, with speeches delivered by former Senator John Glenn, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook and Tami Longaberger, chair of the Ohio State Board of Trustees.[7]


There are over 3,000 graduates of the school's various degree programs. The following is a list of some notable graduates.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "OSU trustees meet, approve university-related matters" (Press release). University Relations, The Ohio State University. 2006-04-07. Archived from the original on 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  2. ^ "About Us". School of Public Policy and Management, The Ohio State University. 2005-11-04. Archived from the original on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  3. ^ "Best Public Affairs Programs". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 - Public Administration | Shanghai Ranking - 2018". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. ^ "John Glenn College of Public Affairs | By the Numbers". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  6. ^ "Page Hall". John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Ohio State University.
  7. ^ Thompson, Josh (2003-03-03). "Page Hall dedicated". The Lantern. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  8. ^ "Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs". University of Missouri, St. Louis. Archived from the original on November 9, 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-19.
  9. ^ Milward, H. Brinton (2007). "Public Admin Faculty : H. Brinton Milward". University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
  10. ^ "John Glenn College of Public Affairs". John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Retrieved 2016-05-19.[permanent dead link]

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