College of Medicine
Dean: Endmund Funai (interim)
Fun Fact: The College is celebrating its centennial this year! Learn more.
Brief History: The College of Medicine has its earliest roots as Willoughby University of Lake Erie, founded in 1834 east of Cleveland. After much administrative upheaval involving many splits, mergers and name changes with other Ohio medical colleges, it settled as the Starling Ohio Medical College in Columbus in 1907. Starling Ohio became OSU’s College of Medicine in 1914 and here it has remained for the past century.

College of Medicine

Dean: Endmund Funai (interim)

Fun Fact: The College is celebrating its centennial this year! Learn more.

Brief History: The College of Medicine has its earliest roots as Willoughby University of Lake Erie, founded in 1834 east of Cleveland. After much administrative upheaval involving many splits, mergers and name changes with other Ohio medical colleges, it settled as the Starling Ohio Medical College in Columbus in 1907. Starling Ohio became OSU’s College of Medicine in 1914 and here it has remained for the past century.

Moritz College of Law
Dean: Alan C. Michaels
Fun Fact: Though the rest of campus was on the quarter system until 2012, the College of Law made the switch to semesters in 1984 to better accommodate students taking the bar exam and facilitate job placement.
Brief History: The Board of Trustees first established a School of Law in 1891. For the first few years, classes were held at the Franklin County Courthouse instead of on campus. The name was changed in 1896 to the College of Law. The College was renamed in honor of alum (B.S. in Business Administration ’58, J.D. ’61) Michael E. Moritz in 2001.

Moritz College of Law

Dean: Alan C. Michaels

Fun Fact: Though the rest of campus was on the quarter system until 2012, the College of Law made the switch to semesters in 1984 to better accommodate students taking the bar exam and facilitate job placement.

Brief History: The Board of Trustees first established a School of Law in 1891. For the first few years, classes were held at the Franklin County Courthouse instead of on campus. The name was changed in 1896 to the College of Law. The College was renamed in honor of alum (B.S. in Business Administration ’58, J.D. ’61) Michael E. Moritz in 2001.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Dean: Bruce A. McPheron
Fun Fact: Many innovations have come out of the College, including the Slow Moving Vehicle sign, the Drumstick and Vitamin D fortified milk. 
Brief History: Along with the College of Engineering, FAES has a long history on campus. Agriculture was another subject area mandated by the Morrill Act, so it has been taught since the first year of classes. It became the College of Agriculture and Domestic Science in 1896. In 1929 the department of domestic economy became the School of Home Economics and in 1983 it became a separate college. In 1994, the name of the College of Agriculture was changed to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Learn more about the Howlett Hall Green Roof Project.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Dean: Bruce A. McPheron

Fun Fact: Many innovations have come out of the College, including the Slow Moving Vehicle sign, the Drumstick and Vitamin D fortified milk.

Brief History: Along with the College of Engineering, FAES has a long history on campus. Agriculture was another subject area mandated by the Morrill Act, so it has been taught since the first year of classes. It became the College of Agriculture and Domestic Science in 1896. In 1929 the department of domestic economy became the School of Home Economics and in 1983 it became a separate college. In 1994, the name of the College of Agriculture was changed to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Learn more about the Howlett Hall Green Roof Project.

College of Engineering
Dean: David B. Williams
Fun Fact: Bertha Lamme Feicht (M.E. in E.E., 1893) was the first American woman to receive a degree in electrical engineering.
Brief History: 
Engineering at OSU dates back to the very beginning of the school in the 1870s. As a land grant institution, OSU was required by the Morrill Act to offer classes in the “Mechanic Arts” (now known as engineering). The College of Engineering was formally established in 1896. Areas of specialization have changed, with mining, metallurgy, and ceramics being superseded by biomedical, nuclear, and computer, but the name has remained the same for well over a century.

College of Engineering

Dean: David B. Williams

Fun Fact: Bertha Lamme Feicht (M.E. in E.E., 1893) was the first American woman to receive a degree in electrical engineering.

Brief History:

Engineering at OSU dates back to the very beginning of the school in the 1870s. As a land grant institution, OSU was required by the Morrill Act to offer classes in the “Mechanic Arts” (now known as engineering). The College of Engineering was formally established in 1896. Areas of specialization have changed, with mining, metallurgy, and ceramics being superseded by biomedical, nuclear, and computer, but the name has remained the same for well over a century.

College of Education and Human Ecology
Dean: Cheryl L. Achterberg
Fun Fact: Woody has a special place in his heart for Education and Human Ecology as he is a 1948 graduate with a master’s degree in educational administration.
Brief History: The College of Education began as the Department of Pedagogy in 1895. The name was changed to the Department of Education in 1899 and it became the College of Education in 1907.
The College of Human Ecology started as a part of the College of Agriculture and Domestic Sciences in 1896. An independent College of Home Economics was established in 1983 and in 1989 the College’s name was changed to the College of Human Ecology.
In 2006, the two Colleges were merged to form today’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

College of Education and Human Ecology

Dean: Cheryl L. Achterberg

Fun Fact: Woody has a special place in his heart for Education and Human Ecology as he is a 1948 graduate with a master’s degree in educational administration.

Brief History: The College of Education began as the Department of Pedagogy in 1895. The name was changed to the Department of Education in 1899 and it became the College of Education in 1907.

The College of Human Ecology started as a part of the College of Agriculture and Domestic Sciences in 1896. An independent College of Home Economics was established in 1983 and in 1989 the College’s name was changed to the College of Human Ecology.

In 2006, the two Colleges were merged to form today’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

College of Dentistry
Dean: Patrick M. Lloyd
Fun Fact: Among the College’s many illustrious alumni is Heisman winner Leslie “Les” Horvath (DDS ‘45).
Brief History: Though the College of Dentistry has been a part of OSU since 1914, it was initially started in 1890 as part of the Ohio Medical University, a private medical school located in Columbus. Ohio Medical University was merged with Starling Medical College in 1907 to become Starling-Ohio Medical College. In 1914, Starling-Ohio was transferred to the ownership of Ohio State and became the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry.

College of Dentistry

Dean: Patrick M. Lloyd

Fun Fact: Among the College’s many illustrious alumni is Heisman winner Leslie “Les” Horvath (DDS ‘45).

Brief History: Though the College of Dentistry has been a part of OSU since 1914, it was initially started in 1890 as part of the Ohio Medical University, a private medical school located in Columbus. Ohio Medical University was merged with Starling Medical College in 1907 to become Starling-Ohio Medical College. In 1914, Starling-Ohio was transferred to the ownership of Ohio State and became the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry.

Fisher College of Business
Dean: Christine A. Poon
Fun Fact: Famous alumni include Les Wexner (Chairman and CEO of L Brands), Alex Schoenbaum (founder of Shoney’s restaurants), and Paul F. Iams (founder of the Iams pet food company).
Brief History: What is now known as the Max. M. Fisher College of Business first began in 1915 as the College of Commerce and Journalism. After many name changes-to the College of Commerce and Administration in 1927, College of Administrative Science in 1967, and College of Business in 1986- it was given its current name in 1993 to honor alumnus Max Fisher.

Fisher College of Business

Dean: Christine A. Poon

Fun Fact: Famous alumni include Les Wexner (Chairman and CEO of L Brands), Alex Schoenbaum (founder of Shoney’s restaurants), and Paul F. Iams (founder of the Iams pet food company).

Brief History: What is now known as the Max. M. Fisher College of Business first began in 1915 as the College of Commerce and Journalism. After many name changes-to the College of Commerce and Administration in 1927, College of Administrative Science in 1967, and College of Business in 1986- it was given its current name in 1993 to honor alumnus Max Fisher.

College of Arts and Sciences
Dean: David C. Manderscheid
Fun Fact: It is the largest college on campus, with more than 34% of undergraduates enrolled in 2013.
Brief History: Unlike many of the other colleges, Arts and Sciences has had a long and complicated history that makes it difficult to pin down an exact date of establishment. The first time the name was used was in 1929. Before that it was known as the College of Arts, College of Arts, Philosophy and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts.
In the late 1960s the College was reorganized as the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and was made up of six separate colleges that functioned largely separately but shared some administrative oversight. These six colleges were the College of the Arts, College of Biological Sciences, College of Humanities, College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and University College. University College became part of the Office of Undergraduate Student Academic Services in 2001, leaving Arts and Sciences with only five colleges.
In 2010 these five colleges were merged into the single College of Arts and Sciences that exists today. 

College of Arts and Sciences

Dean: David C. Manderscheid

Fun Fact: It is the largest college on campus, with more than 34% of undergraduates enrolled in 2013.

Brief History: Unlike many of the other colleges, Arts and Sciences has had a long and complicated history that makes it difficult to pin down an exact date of establishment. The first time the name was used was in 1929. Before that it was known as the College of Arts, College of Arts, Philosophy and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts.

In the late 1960s the College was reorganized as the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and was made up of six separate colleges that functioned largely separately but shared some administrative oversight. These six colleges were the College of the Arts, College of Biological Sciences, College of Humanities, College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and University College. University College became part of the Office of Undergraduate Student Academic Services in 2001, leaving Arts and Sciences with only five colleges.

In 2010 these five colleges were merged into the single College of Arts and Sciences that exists today. 

Today Woody visits the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM) for their Grand Opening Festival. The BICLM recently moved from their former home in the Fine Arts Library to newly renovated spaces in Sullivant Hall.

The BICLM was started in 1977 with the papers of Milton Caniff, an OSU alum, and since then the collections have grown to include cartoons and comics of many kinds. Their new space includes galleries for exhibits, so stop by and check them out the next time you’re on campus!

Today Woody visits his penultimate Special Collection, the Medical Heritage Center (MHC). Here you see him with one of their artifacts, a cabinet built to hold dental instruments.
The MHC serves as the special collection unit for the Health Sciences Library. The collection includes artifacts, manuscripts and historical medical texts that document the history of the study of medicine at OSU. With the 100th anniversary of a number of health science colleges coming up next year, they’re planning a lot of interesting projects highlighting their materials. Stay tuned!

Today Woody visits his penultimate Special Collection, the Medical Heritage Center (MHC). Here you see him with one of their artifacts, a cabinet built to hold dental instruments.

The MHC serves as the special collection unit for the Health Sciences Library. The collection includes artifacts, manuscripts and historical medical texts that document the history of the study of medicine at OSU. With the 100th anniversary of a number of health science colleges coming up next year, they’re planning a lot of interesting projects highlighting their materials. Stay tuned!


Woody embraces his inner supermodel when he stops by a photo shoot at OSU’s Historic Costume and Textiles (HCT) Collection. HCT’s collections are particularly strong in the areas of 20th century design, buttons, textile history, and ethnographic dress.
While not administratively a part of OSU Libraries, HCT does frequently collaborate with the other Special Collections on projects and regularly exhibits materials in Thompson Library and Campbell Hall.

Woody embraces his inner supermodel when he stops by a photo shoot at OSU’s Historic Costume and Textiles (HCT) Collection. HCT’s collections are particularly strong in the areas of 20th century design, buttons, textile history, and ethnographic dress.

While not administratively a part of OSU Libraries, HCT does frequently collaborate with the other Special Collections on projects and regularly exhibits materials in Thompson Library and Campbell Hall.

Woody poses in front of a photograph of the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece after which the Hilandar Research Library at Ohio State is named.
The Hilandar Research Library holds the world’s largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microfilm. The collection has also grown to include original manuscript collections and artifacts.

Woody poses in front of a photograph of the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece after which the Hilandar Research Library at Ohio State is named.

The Hilandar Research Library holds the world’s largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microfilm. The collection has also grown to include original manuscript collections and artifacts.

Today Woody takes a break from his Halloween revelries to wonder if he could use this printing press at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBM) to print up his playbooks.
The RBM collection contains many early print volumes as well as various manuscript collections, including the papers of OSU’s own James Thurber. If you’re on campus this semester, be sure to stop by the Thompson Library Gallery for their exhibit on The Irish Literary Renaissance.

Today Woody takes a break from his Halloween revelries to wonder if he could use this printing press at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBM) to print up his playbooks.

The RBM collection contains many early print volumes as well as various manuscript collections, including the papers of OSU’s own James Thurber. If you’re on campus this semester, be sure to stop by the Thompson Library Gallery for their exhibit on The Irish Literary Renaissance.

Today Woody stops by the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction to flip through some of the more colorful novels in the collection.
William Charvat, a professor of American literature at OSU, helped guide the development of the collection until his death in 1966, at which point the collection was named in his memory. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of American fiction in the world and, in addition to the published materials, is home to a number of important manuscript collections.

Today Woody stops by the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction to flip through some of the more colorful novels in the collection.

William Charvat, a professor of American literature at OSU, helped guide the development of the collection until his death in 1966, at which point the collection was named in his memory. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of American fiction in the world and, in addition to the published materials, is home to a number of important manuscript collections.

Today Woody takes to the stage with these 3-D set models created by Tony Straiges from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI).
TRI has been at OSU since 1951 when it was founded as the Ohio State University Theatre Collection. The name was changed to honor Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, playwrights from Ohio, in 1986. The collection includes a wide variety of manuscripts, publications, and objects related to the performing arts.

Today Woody takes to the stage with these 3-D set models created by Tony Straiges from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI).

TRI has been at OSU since 1951 when it was founded as the Ohio State University Theatre Collection. The name was changed to honor Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, playwrights from Ohio, in 1986. The collection includes a wide variety of manuscripts, publications, and objects related to the performing arts.