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Ohio State University
Motto Disciplina in civitatem (Latin)
Motto in English Education for Citizenship
Established 1870
Type Flagship
Land grant
Sea grant
Endowment US $1.65 billion[1]
President E. Gordon Gee[2]
Staff 5,202 academic faculty, 19,277 non-academic staff (not including students)
Students 52,568 (Columbus), 60,347 (all campuses)
Undergraduates 38,479 (Columbus), 46,690 (all campuses)
Postgraduates 13,339 (Columbus), 13,657 (all campuses)[3]
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States
Campus 1,755 acres (7 km2) Columbus campus
15,311 acres (62 km2) total (Urban)
Athletics 19 men and 20 women varsity teams
Colors           scarlet and gray
Nickname Buckeyes
Mascot Brutus Buckeye

The Ohio State University (commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU) is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and is currently the second largest university campus in the United States.[4][5] Ohio State is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best public university in Ohio, among the top 150 universities in the world, among the top 60 universities in the United States, and among the top 20 public universities in the United States.[6] Ohio State has been officially designated as the flagship institution of the state's public system of higher education[7] by the newly centralized University System of Ohio.[8][9] It also includes regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.



The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university in accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862 under the name of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The school was originally situated within a farming community located on the northern edge of Columbus. While some interests in the state had hoped that the new university would focus on matriculating students of various agricultural and mechanical disciplines, Governor Rutherford B. Hayes foresaw a more classic, comprehensive university, and manipulated both the university's location and its initial board of trustees towards that end. Later that year, the university welcomed its first class of 24 students. In 1878, and in light of its expanded focus, the college permanently changed its name to the now-familiar "The Ohio State University", with "The" as part of its official name.[10][11]

Ohio State began accepting graduate students in the 1880s, and, in 1891, the school saw the founding of its law school, Moritz College of Law. It would later acquire colleges of medicine, dentistry, commerce and journalism in subsequent years.

Although development had been hindered in the 1870s by hostility from the state's agricultural interests and competition for resources from Miami University and Ohio University, both issues were eventually resolved. In 1906, Ohio State's status as the state's flagship campus was written into law by the Ohio legislature through the Eagleson Bill. In 1916, Ohio State was elected into membership in the Association of American Universities.


Rankings and recognition

University rankings (overall)

ARWU World[12] 62
ARWU North & Latin America[13] 43
Forbes[14] 361
Times Higher Education[15] 121
USNWR National University[16] 53
WM National University[17] 12

In 1916, Ohio State became the first university in Ohio to be extended membership into the Association of American Universities, and remains the only public university in Ohio among the organization's sixty members. The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities (2000) by Howard and Matthew Greene listed Ohio State as one of a select number of public universities offering the highest educational quality.

U.S. News & World Report’s widely read rankings of undergraduate colleges in America currently places Ohio State as the 18th best public university and 53rd overall ranked university in America, as well as the highest ranked public university in Ohio. Ohio State ranked 14th in US News' new "Up and Coming" colleges section. The list includes the top colleges in the nation "that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity, and facilities. These schools are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes."[18] China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University placed Ohio State as the 61st ranked university in the world in their 2007 Academic Ranking of World Universities.[19]

The Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University detailed analysis and rankings of American universities currently places Ohio State as the 24th ranked university in America, the 10th ranked public university in the country and the top overall university in Ohio. Of their nine ranking criteria, Ohio State ranked in the top-25 in four categories and between 26-50 in an additional four categories.[20] The Washington Monthly college rankings, which seek to evaluate colleges' contributions to American society based on factors of social mobility, cutting edge research, and service to the country by their graduates, currently place Ohio State as 12th in the nation and 10th among public universities.[21]

Ohio State is also the only public university in Ohio to which the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has given both its highest overall classification of Doctoral/Very High Research Activity and highest undergraduate admissions classification of more selective.[22]

US News ranks the undergraduate program at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business 12th in America and the top undergraduate business school in Ohio. The graduate program of the Fisher College is ranked 22nd in America and is the top graduate school of business in Ohio. The Economist ranked The Fisher College as the 29th ranked MBA program in the world in their 2005 "Which MBA?" issue.[23] Fisher's Executive MBA program was ranked 3rd nationally for return on investment by The Wall Street Journal in 2008 citing a 170 percent return on an average of $66,900 invested in tuition and expenses during the 18-month program.[24] In 2006, The Public Accounting Report ranked Ohio State's accounting department 9th in the nation for undergraduate programs and 10th in the nation for graduate programs. In each case, the ranking was the highest among Ohio universities.[25]

Scott Laboratory, housing the Mechanical Engineering department. This facility is a joint effort between BHDP Architecture and Polshek Partnership Architects.

The Ohio State law school is ranked by US News as top of the nine law schools in Ohio and 31st overall in America. Ohio State's medical school is ranked as the top public medical school in Ohio and 31st for research and 38th for primary care. US News ranks Ohio State's undergraduate engineering program as the 25th best program in America and the top undergraduate engineering program in Ohio. Its graduate program in engineering is ranked 26th in the country and highest in Ohio. Ohio State's College of Education was ranked 17th in America by US News and the highest in Ohio. The Counseling/Personnel Services graduate program at Ohio State is ranked 4th in America by the 2008 'US News & World Report'. The Department of Geography is ranked 5th in America. In total, US News & World Report ranked 19 Ohio State graduate programs or specialties among the nation's top ten and 30 among the nation's top 25.[26]

University Hall

Ohio State's political science department is ranked 13th in the country by US News & World Report, with the American politics section fifth, international politics 12th and political methodology 10th. A study by Simon Hix of The London School of Economics ranked it as the fourth best political science department in the world, based on publications.[27] Foreign Policy Magazine recently ranked it as the 15th best Ph.D. program in the world for the study of international relations while noting Professor Alexander Wendt as the third most influential scholar of international relations in the world.[28]

Ohio State is one of a select few top American universities to offer multiple area studies programs under "Comprehensive National Resource Center" (often called "Title VI") funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The most notable of these is the Center for Slavic and East European Studies founded in 1965 by Professor Leon Twarog. Subsequently, Ohio State's Middle Eastern Studies Center and East Asian Studies Center also achieved Comprehensive National Resource Center status. The university is also home to the interdisciplinary Mershon Center for International Security Studies, which was founded in 1952 through a bequest of 7 million dollars (54.3 million in 2006 value) from alumnus Colonel Ralph D. Mershon. In 2003, it was decided by the United States Department of Homeland Security to base the National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security at The Mershon Center.

In a study by industry publication Dance Teacher, a survey of 100 dance department chairs in the United States and Canada ranked Ohio State's Department of Dance as the top ranked graduate program and the second ranked undergraduate program in North America.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate program in Design at #5 in the nation in their 2009 rankings. Overall, the graduate Art program ranked #21, with the ceramics and glass programs at #6.[29] In its 2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools, the journal DesignIntelligence ranked the undergraduate Industrial Design program #3 nationwide, and the graduate program in Design #10 nationwide. The DFC conducted their research by polling 270 corporations regarding how design schools were preparing their students for the future of professional practice in design. OSU was in the top ten rankings of the corporate leaders' assessments in all regions (#4 in the south, #2 in the midwest, #7 in the east, and #4 in the west). The graduate program placed at #3 in the south and #2 in the east, resulting in 10th overall in the nation.[30]

Faculty and research

Ohio State’s faculty currently includes a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, twenty-one members of the National Academy of Sciences or National Academy of Engineering, four members of the Institute of Medicine,[31] and 177 elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2009, seventeen Ohio State faculty were elected as AAAS Fellows. Each year since 2002, Ohio State has either led or been second amongst all American universities in the number of their faculty elected as fellows to the AAAS.[32][33]

Physics Research Building

In a recent study by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Ohio State was one of five universities rated as "exemplary" workplaces for junior faculty. In the study, thirty-one universities and eleven liberal arts colleges were evaluated on tenure clarity and fairness, nature of work including workloads, quality of students, and teaching environment, compensation, work and family balance, collegiality and overall satisfaction.[34]

In the last quarter century, thirty-two Ohio State faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, which is more than all other public and private Ohio universities combined. In 2008, three Ohio State faculty were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, placing Ohio State among the top 15 universities in the nation.[35] Since the 2000-2001 award year, fifty-five Ohio State faculty members have been named as Fulbright Fellows, the highest of any Ohio university.[36]

In a 2007 report released by the National Science Foundation, Ohio State’s research expenditures for 2006 were $652 million, placing it 7th among public universities and 11th overall, also ranking 3rd among all American universities for private industry sponsored research. Research expenditures at Ohio State are $720 million in 2007. Ohio State also announced in 2006, that it would be designating at least $110 million of its research efforts to what it termed "fundamental concerns" such as research towards a cure for cancer, renewable energy sources and sustainable drinking water supplies.[37]

Admissions and tuition

Undergraduate admissions to Ohio State are classified as “more selective” by US News & World Report and The Princeton Review and according to the data are the most selective for any public university in Ohio. The 2007 freshman class had an acceptance rate of 52%, and the enrolled freshman class had the following composition: students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class (57%); the top 25% of their high school class (91%); the top 50% of their high school class (99%). 27% of the freshman class scored in the top 3% of the SAT or ACT, while 72% scored in the top 15%. The middle 50% range of ACT scores for the enrolled class was 26-30, with an average ACT score of 27. Of the 6,122 members of the 2006 freshman class, 290 had been named valedictorian of their high school's graduating class.[38] Ohio State’s freshman class has admitted over 100 National Merit Scholars for nine of the last ten years.[39]

Tuition for full-time, Ohio residents attending Ohio State for the 2006-2007 academic year is $8,433. For the 2006-2007 academic year, tuition at Ohio State for Ohio residents placed it as the fifth most expensive public university and slightly beneath the weighted average tuition of $8,553 among Ohio's thirteen public four-year universities.[40] In addition to being named a Best in the Midwest selection by The Princeton Review, Ohio State was also the only public university in Ohio to make their list of America's 150 Best Value Colleges.

Endowment and fundraising

Ohio State was among the first group[41] of public universities to raise a billion dollar endowment when it passed the one billion dollar mark in 1999. At year’s end 2005, Ohio State’s endowment stood at 1.73 billion dollars ranking it seventh among public universities and twenty-seventh among all American universities.[42] In June 2006, the endowment passed the 2 billion dollar mark.

In recent decades, and in response to continually shrinking state funding, Ohio State has conducted two significant multi-year fundraising campaigns. The first concluded in 1987 and raised 460 million dollars—a record at the time for a public university. The “Affirm Thy Friendship Campaign” took place between 1995 and 2000. With an initial goal of raising 850 million dollars, the campaign’s final tally was 1.23 billion dollars, placing Ohio State among the small group of public universities to have successfully conducted a billion dollar campaign[43]. At his welcoming ceremony, returning President E. Gordon Gee announced that, in the Fall of 2007, Ohio State would be launching a 2.5 billion dollar fundraising campaign.

Schools and colleges

Kottman Hall: Home of the School of Environment and Natural Resources
Drinko Hall: Home of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

The Ohio State University comprises the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Engineering
    • Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    • School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Colleges of the Arts and Sciences
    • School of Communication
    • School of Music
  • Graduate School
  • John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • Max M. Fisher College of Business
  • Michael E. Moritz College of Law


Orton Hall

Ohio State's 1,755 acres (7 km2) of campus is approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the city's downtown. Four buildings are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Enarson Hall, Hayes Hall, Ohio Stadium, and Orton Hall. Architecture on the Ohio State campus does not conform to a unifying theme such as Gothic revival or Georgian but rather is an eclectic mix of traditional, modern and post-modern styles.

The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, anchoring the western end of The Oval, is the Ohio State library's main branch and single largest repository. The Thompson Library was designed in 1913 by the Boston firm of Allen and Collens in the Italianate Renaissance Revival style, and its placement on the Oval was suggested by the Olmsted brothers who had designed New York City's Central Park. In 2006, the Thompson Library began a $100 million dollar renovation with the stated aims of becoming a "global benchmark twenty-first century" library while maintaining the building's classical Italian Renaissance architecture.[44]

Wexner Center for the Arts

Overall, Ohio State operates the 18th largest university research library in North America with a combined collection of over 5.8 million volumes. Additionally, the libraries receive approximately 35,000 serial titles on a regular basis. Its recent acquisitions were 16th among university research libraries in North America.[45] Ohio State's library system encompasses twenty-one libraries located on its Columbus campus. An additional eight branches are located at off-campus research facilities, regional campuses, and a book storage depository near campus. In all the Ohio State library system encompasses fifty-five branches and specialty collections. Some of the more significant collections include The Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program containing the Archives of Admiral Richard E. Byrd as well as a significant collection of polar research materials, The Hilandar Research Library which contains the world's largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform, The Ohio State Cartoon Library & Museum, which is the world's largest repository of original cartoons, The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute and the archives of Senator John Glenn.

Anchoring the traditional campus gateway at the eastern end of The Oval, is the Wexner Center for the Arts. Designed by architects Peter Eisenman of New York and Richard Trott of Columbus, the center opened in 1989. Its founding was financed in large part by Ohio State alumnus Leslie Wexner with a gift of twenty-five million dollars in the 1980s. The center was founded to be a comprehensive visual arts center encompassing all aspects of visual and performing arts with a focus on new commissions and artist residencies. Part of its design was to pay tribute to the armory that formerly had the same location. Its groundbreaking deconstructivist architecture has resulted in it being lauded as one of the most important buildings of its generation. Its design has also been criticized as proving less than ideal for many of the art installations that it has attempted to display. The centerpiece of The Wexner Center's permanent collection is Picasso's Nude on a Black Armchair, which was purchased by alumnus Leslie Wexner at auction for forty-five million dollars and then donated to the university.

To the south of The Oval is another, somewhat smaller, expanse of greenspace commonly referred to as The South Oval. At its eastern end, it is anchored by the Ohio Union, which is currently under reconstruction. To the west are Enarson Hall, the Kuhn Honors House, Browning Amphitheatre (a traditional stone Greek theatre) and Mirror Lake.

The Ohio State College of Medicine is located on the southern edge of the central campus. It is home to the James Cancer Hospital, a cancer research institute and one of the National Cancer Institute's forty-one comprehensive cancer centers, along with the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, a research institute for cardiovascular disease.

Research facilities

Student life

Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC)

The Office of Student Life is responsible for many of the outside-the-classroom aspects of student life at Ohio State. Among these are student housing; food service; health, wellness and counseling; activities, organizations and leadership development; recreation and intramurals. The Office of Student Life also operates the Schottenstein Center, the Fawcett Center, the Blackwell Inn, the Ohio Union the Drake Events Center, and the Wilce Student Health Center, named for football coach and university physician John Wilce.

Ohio State has several student managed publications and media outlets. The Makio is the official yearbook.[46] The Makio’s sales plummeted by 60% during the early 1970s; the organization went bankrupt and stopped publication during the late 1970s. The book was revived from 1985 to 1994 and has since been revived again in 2000 thanks to several student organizations. The Lantern is the school's daily newspaper and has operated as a laboratory newspaper in the School of Communication (formerly the School of Journalism) since 1881. Mosaic is a literary magazine published by Ohio State, which features undergraduate fiction, poetry, and art. There are two student-run radio stations on campus. OHIO.FM is the music station and Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio broadcasts eleven different Ohio State sports.[47] Both stations broadcast on an Internet audio stream (no broadcast signals are available in Columbus). Students also operate a local cable channel known as Buckeye TV, which airs primarily on the campus cable system operated by the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

The Ohio State University Marching Band is a longstanding tradition at Ohio State. The marching band is the largest all-brass and percussion band in the world. The traditional school songs from "Carmen Ohio" to "Hang on Sloopy" to "Fight the Team Across the Field", are arranged to fit this unique instrumentation. The band is famous for "Script Ohio," during which the band marches single-file through the curves of the word "Ohio", much like a pen writes the word, all the while playing the French march "Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse." At the end of the performance, the "i" in "Ohio" is "dotted" by a high-stepping senior sousaphone player.

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: Across the Field, The Ohio State University fight song and "Buckeye Battle Cry".

The tradition of high quality bands is not limited to the football field. OSU's School of Music contains several high quality concert bands consisting of graduate and undergraduate music majors and non-music majors. The OSU Wind Symphony, frequently receives praise on the national level, recently having been selected to perform at the 2003 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Convention and at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008; the OSU Symphonic Band performed in 2007. The OSU Wind Symphony has recently released its newest album,, "Southern Harmony," the Naxos Label in 2009. The Ohio State Jazz Ensemble performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975, 1978,1986, 1996, and 2001. It has also appeared at the Mexico City International Jazz Festival in 1990 and the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1986, 1996, and 2001. In addition there is also an OSU Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to strong bands, the university is also recognized for outstanding choral performance. The Ohio State Men's Glee Club, formed in 1875, is the oldest organization on campus.[48] In 1990, led by Professor James Gallagher, the Men's Glee Club participated in the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangolen, Wales and won the male chorus competition by an unprecedented 20 points before, in a unanimous decision of the judges, being named "Choir of the World"—the first American choir to win such an honor. The Glee Club is under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Ward.

Ohio State's "Buckeye Bullet" electric car broke the world record for the fastest speed by an electric vehicle on October 3, 2004 with a speed of 271.737 mph (437.3 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.[49] The vehicle also holds the US record for fastest electric vehicle with a speed of 314.958 mph (506.9 km/h), and peak timed mile speed of 321.834 mph (517.9 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). In 2007, Buckeye Bullet 2 was launched. This follow-up effort was a collaboration between Ohio State engineering students and engineers from the Ford Motor Company and will seek to break the landspeed record for hydrogen cell powered vehicles.[50]

A unique aspect to Ohio State's multi billion dollar endowment is the Student Investment Management Program. Upperclass finance students taking Business Finance 724 are given the opportunity to manage a twenty million dollar investment fund. Returns from the student managed funds often outperform the S&P 500 and frequently even the university's own professional fund managers.[51]

The Residence Hall Advisory Council (RHAC), which is a representative body of all students living in the University's dormitory facilities, helps evaluate and improve the living conditions for dormitory residents.

Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show's "Battlefield Ohio: The Daily Show’s Midwest Midterm Midtacular" from Ohio State's Roy Bowen Theatre during the week of October 30 to November 2, 2006.[52]


Ohio State's main campus has been lauded in recent years for the diversity of its student body. In various surveys and rankings it has been included among the best campuses in the nation for African Americans.[53] Additionally, Ohio State ranked 10th in the nation in 2006 for the numbers of African American doctors graduated. The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students lists Ohio State as one of the best campuses in America for LGBT students.[54]

Ohio State, despite selective admissions, has also maintained a high amount of socio-economic diversity among its students. The 2007 freshman class contained 22.7% of first generation college students which far exceeded the national norm on American campuses of 15.9%.[55]

Residential life

South Campus Gateway

Ohio State operates 31 on-campus residence halls divided into three geographic clusters: South Campus (site of the university's original dormitories), North Campus (largely constructed during the post-war enrollment boom) and Olentangy Area or "The Towers." Within the residence hall system are 40 smaller living and learning environments defined by social or academic considerations. Ohio State also offers four honors residence halls: Bradley Hall, Lincoln House, Siebert Hall, and Taylor Tower.

Separate housing for graduate and professional students is maintained on the Southern tier of campus near the medical complex. Family housing is maintained at Buckeye Village at the far northern edge of campus beyond the athletic complex. At the university's southeast corner along High Street, and across from the Moritz College of Law, new apartments have been built for law students in conjunction with the area's Campus Gateway project.

Honors programs

Ohio State offers two distinct honors programs for high ability undergraduates: Honors and Scholars. The Honors program is open to students in all majors. The Scholars program is centered around thirteen specific programs such as "Architecture Scholars", "Communication Technology Scholars","Biological Sciences Scholars", "International Affairs Scholars" and "Politics, Society and Law Scholars." Students in the Scholars program are expected to live and take select classes with other members of the program. Additionally, Ohio State offers the Honors Collegium with membership extended following the Spring of a student's first or second year to the university's top undergraduates. Collegium students try to compete for internships, graduate schools and nationally competitive awards, such as the Marshall, Rhodes, or Truman Scholarships.

Ohio State also administers two large-scale scholarship programs to ensure access to the university to high-ability students from low-income or traditionally underrepresented groups. The first of these, The Young Scholars Program, was initiated in 1988. 120 promising minority students from Ohio's nine largest urban public school districts are selected prior to entering high school. The program offers a series of academic camps each summer and counseling throughout the students' high school careers. Upon completion of the program, which also mandates a college preparatory curriculum and minimum grade point average, the students are guaranteed admission to Ohio State as well as any need-based financial aid necessary. The Land Grant Scholarship was initiated in 2005. This program seeks to ensure access to Ohio State to high-ability students from low-income backgrounds. Ohio State has committed to offering a full-ride scholarship each academic year to at least one student from each of Ohio's 88 counties.

Ohio State maintains an honors center in the Kuhn Honors and Scholars House which had served as the University President's residence until the 1960s. Four dormitories are designated all or in part as honors residences: Taylor, Bradley, Siebert, and Lincoln.

Activities and organizations

Enarson Hall (Original Ohio Union)

The Ohio Union was the first student union built by an American public university. The Ohio Union is dedicated to the enrichment of the student experience, on and off The Ohio State University campus. The first Ohio Union, located on the south edge of the South Oval, was constructed in 1909 and was later renamed Enarson Hall. The second Ohio Union was completed in 1950 and was located prominently along High Street, southeast of the Oval. It was a center of student life at The Ohio State University for more than 50 years, providing facilities for student activities, organizations and events, and serving as an important meeting place for campus and community interaction. In addition, many student services and programs were housed in the union, along with dining and recreational facilities. The second Ohio Union was demolished in February 2007 to make way for the new Ohio Union to be finished in 2010. During this time, student activities have been relocated to Ohio Stadium and other academic buildings.

Student organizations

Student organizations at The Ohio State University provide students with opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of interest areas including academic, social, religious, artistic, service-based, diversity and many more. There are over 900 registered student organizations that involve many thousands of students.[citation needed] The university's debate team has won the state National Forensics Association tournament several times.[citation needed]

Leadership and service

The Union's vision is to prepare students to be responsible, engaged leaders committed to community participation for social action and change. Programs with which students can get involved include are the Leadership Collaborative, Leadership Ohio State, Residence Halls Advisory Council, LeaderShape, Buckeye Service Council, Community Commitment Day, SERV team, Service Squad, and BUCK I SERV alternative break trips. Additionally, the Service-Learning Institute offers courses that educate students while also helping the greater community. All of these programs have the ultimate goal of making students better leaders, people, and citizens of Ohio.

Student governments

At The Ohio State University, there are three recognized student governments that represent their constituents.

  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG), which consists of elected and appointed student representatives who serve as liaisons from the undergraduate student body to university officials. USG seeks to outreach to and work for the students at The Ohio State University.
  • Council of Graduate Students (CGS), which promotes and provides academic, administrative, and social programs for the university community in general and for graduate students in particular. The Council provides a forum in which the graduate student body may present, discuss, and set upon issues related to its role in the academic and non-academic aspects of the University community.
  • Inter-Professional Council (IPC), which is a representative body of all professional students in the colleges of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. Its purpose is to act as a liaison between these students and the governing bodies of the University.


OSU Athletics logo
Ohio Stadium Rotunda

Ohio State's intercollegiate sports teams are called the "Buckeyes" (after the state tree, the Buckeye - Aesculus glabra), and participate in the NCAA's Division I in all sports (Division I FBS in football) and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. (The men's hockey program competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and its women's hockey program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association). The school colors are scarlet and gray. Brutus Buckeye is the mascot.

Ohio State is one of only three universities (the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley being the others) to have won national championships in all three major men's sports (baseball, men's basketball, and football). Ohio State is also one of only two universities to appear in the national championship games in both football and men's basketball in the same calendar year (the other university is the University of Florida which defeated Ohio State in both contests in 2007). Ohio State has also won national championships in men's swimming & diving, men's outdoor track & field, men's golf, men's gymnastics, men's fencing, co-ed fencing, and multiple synchronized swimming championships.[56] The Ohio State equestrian team has won eight Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships.[57] Since the inception of the Athletic Director's Cup, Ohio State has finished in the top 25 each year, including top 6 finishes in three of the last five years.[58] During the 2005-2006 school year Ohio State became this first Big Ten team to win conference championships in Football, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball. Ohio State repeated the feat during the 2006-2007 school year, winning solo championships in all three sports. In 2007, Sports Illustrated nicknamed Ohio State's athletic program as being "The Program" due to the unsurpassed facilities, unparalleled amount of men's and women's sport teams, their success, and the financial support of an impressive fan base.[59]

Outstanding sports figures that were student athletes at Ohio State include 1936 Olympics gold medalist Jesse Owens "the Buckeye Bullet" (track and field), John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas, Bobby Knight, and Larry Siegfried (basketball), Katie Smith and the first 3-time player of the year in Big Ten Basketball history Jessica Davenport (women's basketball), Frank Howard (basketball and baseball), Jack Nicklaus (golf); and Chic Harley (three-time All-American football running back). Ohio State football players have combined for seven Heisman Awards including the only two-time winner Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975, Eddie George in 1995, and most recently Troy Smith in 2006. Hall of Fame coaches at Ohio State have included Paul Brown and Woody Hayes in football, Fred Taylor in basketball, Larry Snyder in track and field, and Mike Peppe in swimming and diving. Hall of fame players, in pro-football, include Sid Gillman, Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, Jim Parker, Paul Warfield, Dick LeBeau, and Bill Willis.

Ohio State-affiliated media

Ohio State operates a public television station, WOSU-TV 34 / WOSU-DT 38 (a local PBS TV station), as well as two public radio stations, WOSU-AM (NPR/BBC) and WOSU-FM (Classical) in Columbus. In 2003, the television station began broadcasting in high definition.

Notable alumni

Ohio State currently has over 425,000 living alumni located around the world. Ohio State alumni include Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and Medal of Honor recipients, ambassadors, as well as Fortune 500 CEOs and members of the Forbes 400 list of the world's wealthiest individuals. Numerous graduates have gone on to become Governors, Senators and members of Congress. Ohio State alumni have appeared on the cover of TIME twelve times, with the artwork of alumnus Roy Lichtenstein featured on an additional two TIME covers.

Ohio State alumni are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the NFL Hall of Fame and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Its athletes have won a combined eighty-three Olympic medals and three times received the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. Jack Nicklaus has been called "the greatest golfer in history" while Jesse Owens has been called "the greatest Olympian in history." Twice, Ohio State alumni have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as its Sportsman of the Year.

Points of interest

Main campus attractions

The Oval as seen from the newly renovated Thompson Library
  • Ohio Stadium, better known as "The Horseshoe" or simply "The Shoe" due to its shape, is the home arena of the Buckeyes' football team and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. While recent construction has nearly filled up the open end of the stadium, because the new stands are free-standing, the stadium still resembles a horseshoe.
  • Orton Hall was dedicated to the memory of Ohio State's first President, Edward J. Orton, Sr. and houses the Orton Geological Library.
  • Chadwick Arboretum is an arboretum situated on West Campus.
  • Mirror Lake is a small lake known for the Mirror Lake Jump before each football game against The University of Michigan
  • The Oval, which is the large open area in front of the main library, is a hang out for students in the warmer months of the school year. This 11 acre site[60] is often the location for large outdoor gatherings, concerts, demonstrations, and various pick-up sporting events.

Off-campus facilities



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For other places with the same name, see Columbus (disambiguation).
A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.
A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.

Columbus [1] is the capital of the American state of Ohio and is located centrally within the state in the Mid-Ohio region. Sited in an area where the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains meet, Columbus is a fusion of many different part of America. It is the home of The Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers.


Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag (In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue), this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730,657, and the 15th largest city in the United States. With 1.7 million people, the metropolitan statistical area is the 31st largest in the nation. Major area employers are state government (as the state capital), Ohio State University (the largest student population in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

Generally arranged in a really big wheel, Columbus is the central hub to many nearby cities including (clockwise from the north):

  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, +1 614 239-4083, [2]. Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is only 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.   edit
  • Rickenbacker International Airport Passenger Charter Terminal/2241 John Circle Dr. +1 614 239-4000. [3] Charter flights.
  • Major highways include I-71 & Rte. 315 (north and south), I-70 & I-670 (east and west), and the outer-belt, I-270. US Routes 33, 23, and 40 also converge downtown.
  • Greyhound Station, 111 East Town St, +1 614 228-2266, [4]. Hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Megabus, +1 877 462-6342, [5]. Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus at the COTA Express Transit Terminal, located at West Spring Street and North Wall Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the north side of the Neil Drive loop next to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Neil Drive is located northwest of Neil Avenue and West 12th Avenue.

Get around

By bus

The COTA bus service [6] can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.00 for an express bus and $1.50 for a normal bus. Transfers are free; ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.

By foot

The entire corridor of High St (US Route 23) from Clintonville in the North to Merion Village in the South is extremely pedestrian-friendly, though it does pass through some less-than-scenic areas, particularly the few blocks between campus and the short north. Downtown Columbus is a walkable city with most attractions located within a 20 minute walk of each other. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation conducts walking tours, too. [7]

By car

Columbus is a car-centric city, with usage of a car required outside of the areas directly surrounding downtown. Parking is extensive (and reasonably priced) at almost all major destinations. There are many surface lots and garages around the city. There are only a few areas of the city, like the Short North, where parking can be hard to come by; those locations all feature abundant valet parking at an affordable $5 per vehicle. Keep in mind that U-turns are illegal citywide in Columbus. Downtown is a short ten minute drive ($20 taxi fare) from Port Columbus (the airport) via I-670W.

  • Adena Conical Burial Mound. AKA Campbell Mound State Memorial. 20 feet high - 100 feet in diameter. Close to 270 W and I 70 intersection in Columbus OH on Montgomery St. Woodlands Period about 1,000 BC - 700 AD.
  • Columbus Crew Stadium, Adjacent to Ohio Historical Society of of I-71. Home ot Columbus Crew Soccer and as of 2008 a $2 million dollar new stage has been installed to host big-name concerts. Great location.
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr. +1 614 645-3400, [8]. Columbus' zoo has been rated number one in the country, which also includes it's golf course, water/theme park and soon-to-be resort. The zoo has a great collection of endangered species, including manatees, cheetahs and lowland gorillas. They recently opened the Asia Quest exhibit with Siberian tigers, sun bears and Pallas cats.
  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St, +1 614 221-6801 (, [9]. Free on Sundays. Has a good restaurant.
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center, [10]. Located downtown between the Arena District and the Short North, this convention center houses gaming cons, Sci-Fi cons, teachers association meetings, fitness expos and almost any kind of large gathering you can imagine. A Hyatt Regency hotel is built into the structure and several other hotels are connected by skyway tunnels.
  • COSI, 333 West Broad St, +1 614 228-COSI, [11]. COSI is an amazing museum, where kids will want to stay forever because of the cool and interactive science and technology exhibits. Adults love it, too. The building itself is a massive elliptical building, directly across the Scioto River from Downtown. It was built around Central High School.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Beautiful sculpted gardens and indoor biomes make up this spectacular site. The conservatory hosts various exhibitions (such as Blooms & Butterflies each spring with live releases) and has a collection of Chihuly glass. General William Tecumseh Sherman gave his famous 'War is Hell' speech here.
  • Ohio Craft Museum [12], 1665 West Fifth Ave, +1 614 486-4402, . M–Sa 10AM–5PM Su. 1PM–4 PM. Closed Sa. Five major exhibitions each year.
  • Ohio Statehouse, downtown at the intersection of Broad and High streets, +1 614 728-2695, [13]. This is the Ohio Capitol building, built in pre-Civil War time. It still houses the state legislature. It's open for browsing and they offer free tours daily.
  • Experience Columbus (the convention & visitors bureau), [14], has a complete list of attractions.
  • Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium 300 W. Broad St. +1 614 221-4341 [15]
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St. +1 614 827-2500. [16] Attached to Hyatt Regency. Parking for Convention Center is adjacent to Hyatt. Food Court and shopping. More shopping and restaurants across High St. Most amenities for convention visitors are to the North on High St.
  • Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Dr. [17] Home to OSU foootball.
  • Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center 55 Arena Dr. [18] (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.) OSU Basketball, concerts, monstor trucks. Great facility!!!! All tickets through ticketmaster [19]
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr. [20], is a family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.
  • Wexner Center for The Arts, 1871 N High St, 6142920330, [21]. Weekly, depend on show. One of the country's leading modern arts centers. The center, named after the Limited Brands founder Lex Wexner, features world renowned visual art exhibits (at one time a Andy Warhol installation), international films, live theater, and modern dance. The center is conveniently located on High St. in Columbus' University District.  edit


These are a few of the larger/major events in Columbus:

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center/Fairgrounds, Oct. [22]
  • The Arnold Fitness Classic Held once a year in early March at the Columbus Convention Center. Tons of competitions ranging from martial arts to cheerleading to bench press, plenty of "fitness babes" and free supplement samples, and speeches from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. [23]
  • Asian Festival At Franklin Park. Annual Event. May. Food, games, market place, health screening. Great location! Free. [24]
Asian Fest
Asian Fest
  • Columbus Arts Festival, Downtown Riverfront. June (annual event) Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Big event. [25]
  • Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, River Front downtown, July. Expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year.
  • ComFest, the Columbus Community Festival, at Goodale Park in June. Music, arts, culture, shopping, fair food, beer & bare feet. Who's who of Columbus musicians and those from elsewhere! [26]
  • Festival Latino, is held on the downtown River Front in the middle of June each year. Billed as "The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio". Lot's of food, fun, entertainment and feista. Free admission. [27]
  • German Village Oktoberfest, South Grant & East Livingston Ave September.
  • Good Guys Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds, Over 6,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks thru ’72. July. [28]
  • Ohio Expo Center. 717 E. 17th Ave. [29] Home to The Ohio State Fair. Each month, a variety of shows, expositions and competitions are held at the Ohio Expo Center, over 175 events per year. These range from shopping for antiques to boxing, there is something for everyone at the Ohio Expo Center.
  • Origins International Game Expo Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as one of their two shows for the adventure gaming industry. (The second show, the GAMA Trade Show, is for game manufacturers and retailers only.) Origins is specifically chartered to serve adventure gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which tend to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, and role-playing games are also popular at Origins. It is usually compared in size with E3 and GenCon, and is famous for it's Origin Awards. The Origins Award is commonly referred to as a Calliope, as the statuette is in the likeness of the Muse of the same name. Academy members frequently shorten this name to "Callie."
  • Red, White & BOOM, downtown, river front. Take a bus, traffic is as bad as it gets in Columbus for this event. Billed as The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest. July. [30]
  • Experience Columbus (the convention & visitors bureau) [31], has a complete calendar of events.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL Hockey [32]
  • Columbus Clippers - MLB AAA Baseball [33]
  • The Ohio State University - NCAA College [34]
  • Columbus Crew - Major League Soccer [35]
  • The American Whistle Factory 6540 Huntley Rd. +1 614 846-2918 [36] The only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States
  • Anthony-Thomas Candy Co. 1777 Arlington Gate. +1 877 226-3921. [37] Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am. to 2:30 pm.
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory 2555 Bethel Rd. +1 614 442-7622 [38]
  • The Krema Nut Company 1000 W. Goodale Blvd. +1 614 299-4131. [39] One of the oldest peanut butter makers still manufacturing in the United States today! And PB & Jelley Sandwich shop.
  • Gentlemen Clubs Gentlemen Clubs are scattered throughout Columbus and are open to those 18+, and are considered by most to be acceptable entertainment. Some offer alcohol, some are BYOB, some are alcohol free. Most all are open to both male and female, however most only offer male or female entertainers. Expect to pass through metal detector and provide some form of identity. Current law does not allow total nudity after mid-night.
  • Scioto Downs Two miles south of Route 270 on Route 23 South (High Street). [40] Harness racing and betting.
Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Capital University, 1 College and Main. +1 614 236-6011 [41]
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, 107 North Ninth St +1 614 224-9101 [42]
  • Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St +1 614 287-5353 [43]
  • DeVry University Columbus, 1350 Alum Creek Dr +1 614 253-7291 [44]
  • Hondros College, 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville. +1 614 508-7277. [45] Nursing, real estate, appraisal, insurance and other subjects.
  • Ohio State School for the Blind, 5220 N High St., +1 614 752-1359 [46] K-12 grades. Excellent resident school for the blind.
  • The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO, The largest university in the nation. OSU is home to one of the most storied football programs in history. See The Horseshoe (The Ohio Stadium), The Oval, Mirror Lake. [47]
  • Ohio Dominican University Campus, 1216 Sunbury Rd, +1 614 473-9003. [48] One of Ohio’s oldest and most respected accredited universities.


To provide an idea of the diverse mix of Columbus-based business activity, the following Fortune 500 headquarters are in Columbus:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • American Electric Power
  • Limited Brands, women's and girl's apparel
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Big Lots, discount retail stores
High St.
High St.
  • The Short North [49] is neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and cafes lining High Street, which is the main north-south thoroughfare in the downtown. The Short North lies just north of the downtown on the north side of I-670. The Short North runs until about Third Avenue. In 2005, the overpass of I-670 was finished with shops making a "cap" over the freeway with restaurants and shops. Check out the Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month when the galleries stay open late and the streets and bars are definitely hopping.
  • Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, [50]. A typical "town center" shopping mall featuring more upscale stores.
  • Lennox Town Center Olentangy River Rd., next to State Route 315 just west of the Ohio State University. Theaters, Target, Bath and Body Works, Barnes & Noble, restaurants.
  • Polaris Fashion Place 1500 Polaris Parkway. West of of I-71 @ Polaris. +1 614 846-1500 [51] One of the new commercial shopping areas, loaded with popular stores and restaurants.
  • The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Tuttle Crossing Blvd. at I-270, A 980,000 square foot mall with over 120 stores and a food court.
  • Hey Diddle Diddle Children's Clothing Boutique, 38 North State Street (I-270 to Westerville Road exit then North 2 miles), 614 818 5437, [52]. 10-5 M-Sat. Children's Clothing Boutique serving greater Columbus. In beautiful historic Uptown Westerville, the charm of the 1800's with the ammenities of today   edit
  • Milk Bar Boutique (Society of Fashionable Savages), 1203 N. High St., [53]. Urban clothing boutique  edit
  • Kroger Throughout Columbus. Ask for discount card!
  • Giant Eagle Throughout Columbus. Ask for discount card.
  • Whole Foods Market 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. +1 614 760-5556
  • Meijer Throughout Columbus. Pronounced "MEYE-er".


The City of Columbus issues approximately 6,000 licenses for a variety of types of food vendors, Franklin County issues about 3,000 for the remainder of the County and the suburban area.

Food Safety – In Columbus, starting late May of 2007, all 6,000 local restaurants must post color coded signs that reflect the results of the most previous inspection by the Columbus Public Health Dept. Green = passing most recent inspection. Red, yellow or white suggests you probably may want to reconsider your options. The law applies to public pools, tattoo parlors, spas, campgrounds as well as food markets. The sign must be obvious, within five foot of an entrance.

  • Raising Canes, [54]. Five locations in the Columbus area. Fast food chain that serves excellent chicken fingers in a tasty dipping sauce. Try the box combos that include fries, cole slaw, and Texas toast.
  • Penn Station, [55]. This chain serves toasted subs using freshly-grilled meats, fries freshly cut from potatoes, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
  • City Barbeque, [56]. Chain that is primarily in Columbus, with locations in a few of the suburbs. Incredibly good pulled pork, with tastes for anyone interested in BBQ cooking.
  • Yau's China Bistro This is an unpretentious, but incredibly good Chinese restaurant located on North High Street, part of the campus area. Very authentic and reasonably priced.
  • Udupi Cafe Excellent inexpensive South Indian restaurant, located on 161 between I-71 and Cleveland Ave.
  • Mi Mi Cafe 5858 Columbus Square in the shopping area at Cleveland Ave and 161. Very nice vietnamese sandwiches and noodle dishes. Iced coffee and billiards too.
  • Wendy's headquartered in nearby Dublin, Ohio. The original Wendy's restaurant was located downtown on Broad Street, but has closed.
  • Aladdin's Eatery, Grandview, High St, & Dublin locations, Mediterranean fusion. Healthy, fresh, and priced well.
  • El Arepazo, Corner of Gay and Pearl. Venezuelan faire. Delicous and cheap.
  • Yanni's, Cleveland Ave. and I-270. Huge portions, cheap, good Greek food. Unbelievable desserts.
  • Lunch Wagons called loncheras, or lovingly refered to as "roach coaches" which cater to a Latino labor force, are becoming a common sight around town and are very popular with those in the know. Simlar to the lunch wagons so popular in Hawaii, but with a Latino twist. They are subject to inspection by the health dept. and should not be feared but enjoyed.
  • White Castle Scattered throughout Columbus, you will find the popular White Castle burger franchise. Fries, burgers, shakes, breakfast. Most are open 24/7 and offer some of the most inexpensive eats in town.
  • Thurman's, 183 Thurman Ave (about a block east of High St. at Greenlawn Ave). A bar with the absolute best burgers in town in the nice German Village area. The Thurman Burger is loaded with all types of meat, including ham and bacon and globs of all of your favorite garnishings. The wings are also rumored to be excellent, but it's difficult to go there and not order one of their fantastic burgers. Be prepared to wait for a table, though: the restaurant is extremely small.
  • Schmidt's Sausage Haus, also in the German Village area, head south on High St from downtown, turn left on Kossuth St. Authentic German sausage, schnitzel, red cabbage, etc. Don't leave without trying their microbrewed beer, as well as the fresh-baked vanilla cream puffs (one is enough for two people).
  • Max & Erma's, [57]. The quintessential 'burgers and stuff' sort of place got its' start here, and you can find one almost anywhere in town, including the original restaurant in German Village. Adventurers are recommended to try their Garbage Burger, while those with a sweet tooth should get a pan of cookies made fresh for them, or try the sundae bar!
  • My Momma's Sweet Potato Pies, 813 East Livingston Ave. +1 614 444-4282 [58] Authentic sweet potato pie.
  • Columbus Brewing Company, just west of the Brewery District. Fine food at a good price.
  • Hunan House or Hunan Lion, Two of the best Chinese places in the Midwest. The Hunan House in the north side of town off SR 161/Dublin-Granville, was featured on the Food Network, though both rest restaurants serve mostly the same food.
  • Akai Hana Columbus' most authentic source of excellent Japanese food and sushi. Located at Henderson & Kenny, it's a bit hard to find, tucked in a strip mall behind 'The Ski Shack'. Also provides carry-out. This restaurant is formerly known as Restaurant Japan.
  • Buona Pasta, 2962 McKinley Ave., +1 614-481-8105.[59]. Authentic Italian food. Pastas/sauces made fresh. Great food and outstanding service.
  • Eddie George's Grille 27, 1636 North High St., +1 614-421-2727. [60] Great American food and atmosphere for watching sports. Located in the South Campus Gateway. This sports-themed restaurant is owned and named after the Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State.
  • The Blue Nile, 2631 North High St., +1 614-421-2323. [61] Located within walking distance of the Ohio State University campus. The Blue Nile serves Ethiopian food, community-style, on a big tray lined with Injera, a crepe-like bread.
  • Dragonfly, [62]. A nationally known, upscale, 100% vegan restaurant on King Avenue near campus.
  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse 569 North High St., +1 614 224-2204, [63]. Fine Aged Steaks and Chops, Fresh Seafood and Creative Chef Specialties.
  • The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd. about 7 miles North of downtown, [64]. Known in Columbus as the height in fine dining. Elegant, attention to detail and outstanding service.
  • Alana's, 2333 North High Street, ..just north of The Ohio State University, +1 614-294-6783. [65]. is the best place to indulge in a nice bottle of wine with dinner, as the mark-up on her amazing selection is practically non-existant. With a new menu hand-picked by Alana herself every night and an on-site sommelier (her husband), Alana's is a great place to enjoy fine food in a non-pretentious atmosphere.
  • Cameron Mitchel Restaurants, [66]. For better or for worse, a majority of the fine dining in Columbus is owned by the same parent company. For a predictably pleasant (if unadventurous) night out you can choose from Molly Woos, The Columbus Fish Market, M (high-end), Cameron's (steak), or Cap City Diner.
  • Spagio, [67]. 1295 Grandview Ave. European and Pacific Rim Cuisine. They have excellent wood-fired pizzas.


For the mid-west, Columbus has its share of ethnic and domestic eateries that shelter culinary artists throughout the city and offer outstanding meals at sometimes bargain prices, in locations that may be carry-out only, limited seating or maybe small bars that offer outstanding food. Places that are well worth the effort to find, which is part of the adventure.

  • The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St., +1 614 261-9308. An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food/drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
  • Chef Butcher's Creole Kitchen, 777 E Long St., +1 614 228-7588. Creole for the lunch crowd.
  • Ena's Caribbean Kitchen, 2458 Cleveland Ave., +1 614-262-0988. Limited seating, great food, family operation. Daily specials.
  • Paradise Foods, 3180 E. Main St., +1 614-236-1599. International dishes for every taste. Restaurant. Caribbean jerk/curry/brown stew chicken with red beans and rice; fried, steamed or blackened whiting, perch, catfish, red snapper, scallops and more (shrimp is also available by the pound). Choose from full or half slabs of long, center and short bone beef or pork barbecue ribs. Outside seating only.
  • Bodega Cafe, 1044 N. High Street, 614-299-9399. Located in the Short North district, they have 50 beers on tap as well as a killer happy hour (4-8pm weekdays) that is half off all their draft beers.  edit
  • The Winking Lizard in Worthington and on Bethel sport a good beer selection.
  • Victorian's Midnight Cafe at the corner of 5th & Neil avenues. Non-smoking, a great selection of beers, very casual. Live music most nights.
  • The Arena District, home of The Columbus Nationwide Arena. Bars include Frog Bear Wild Boar, Brother's, Gaswerks, and the Lodge Bar, each containing a different personality and young 20-somethings atmosphere. Cabs are easy to flag down, parking is cheap, and each bar has incredible happy hour specials. Don't miss Brothers $1 Thursday mug night, an Ohio State student favorite.
  • The Char Bar across the street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a nicely low-key place to get good drinks, many different types of beer, and relax.
  • The Short North area, on N High Street above Goodale street combines art galleries with bars. First weekend of the month is "Gallery Hop" and places are open later.
  • Barley's is a microbrewery in the Short North that is known for its high-quality beers.
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr., [68] A family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.
  • Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street (in the University Area). [69] Has a rich history where up-in-coming acts play along side with national headliners.
  • Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. (formerly the Promowest Pav.) in the Arena District. [70] A mid-sized venue seating 2,200 patrons indoors and 4,500 outdoors.
  • The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Known for showcasing local bands.[71]
  • Bernie's/The Distillery, 1896 North High St in the University Area.


Columbus is a convention city, with a large well established business and manufacturing base, as well as an education foundation that attracts many visitors. Downtown accommodations tend to be a little more expensive than those scattered near the interstate exits. But, there usually is lodging available in most price ranges.

  • Cambria Suites, [72] NEQ of Lyra Dr. & Gemini Dr, +1 (614) 841-9100.
  • Hyatt on Capitol Square, 75 East State St, +1 614 228 1234, [73].  edit
  • Westin Columbus, [74] 310 S High Street, +1 888-625-5144.
  • Holiday Inn on the Lane, 328 West Lane Ave, +1 954-484-9290, [75]
  • The Lofts, 55 E Nationwide Blvd, [76]. Unique upscale downtown hotel with 44 distinct luxury boutique accommodations in an historic building.
  • Days Inn Columbus North, 1212 E. Dublin Granville Rd, 614-885-9696, [77].  edit
  • Rodeway Inn Columbus, 6125 Zumstein Dr, 614-846-5871, [78].  edit
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 35 West Spring Street, 614-228-3200, [79].  edit
  • University Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 3110 Olentangy River Rd., 614-267-7461, [80]. This full service Columbus,OH hotel is located near Ohio State University and features 243 guestrooms with 4 suites, a newly renovated ballroom, multipirpose and flexible meeting facilities.   edit
  • 'The Columbus Dispatch - Daily Newspaper" ([81]
  • The Other Paper - Alternative/Entertainment newspaper [82]
  • Columbus Alive - Entertainment newspaper
  • The Lantern - Student Newspaper [83]

Religious Services

Broad Street in Downtown Columbus is home to a number of Christian churches of considerable historic and architectural interest, including First Congregational United Church of Christ, where Washington Gladden, a pioneer in the Social Gospel movement, preached from 1882-1918. Both First Congregational and the nearby Catholic cathedral, St. Joseph's, offer a range of special services and concerts throughout the year.

Jews can attend services at Congregation Beth Tikvah, while Moslems can attend the Islamic Society.

Stay Safe

Dial 911 to get emergency (police/medical/fire) help.

Although down somewhat in recent years, crime is still a problem in certain areas of the city. Most violent crime occurs in areas that would not be frequented by tourists. Visitors to the area should be aware that the theft of laptop computers and other items from automobiles is a common occurrence. Always store valuables in the cargo compartment of one’s car and make sure it is locked.

Motorists who drink and drive will face stiff penalties if one’s blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit (0.08). Police routinely set up checkpoints along major roads where all drivers must pass through and show their license and registration to check for intoxicated people.

Vehicles are required by law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. However, the law is not universally followed. Take care to watch for turning traffic when crossing streets.

Some of the most dangerous areas in Columbus are neighborhoods around the Port Columbus International airport. When passing through these areas in a car, it's best to stay on major streets and keep all windows and doors closed. One shouldn't try walking there on foot in the evening or after dark. Areas on the East side of town, past the Downtown areas are similarly dangerous as there are a lot of drug deals and robberies occurring in dilapidated neighborhoods there. These areas are usually defined by I71 on the West, I270 on the East, 161 Dublin Granville Rd., in the North and I70 in the South.

Neighborhoods in the South Central portion of the city, just on the inner side of the I-270 outerbelt, are also known to have a moderate volume of drug-related crimes. Abrubt growth and urbanization from Ohio's surrounding states to these areas in the late 1970's is responsible for a high unemployment rate for both white and black families, thus leading to a lower-class portion of Columbus. Though this area does not commonly attract tourists, it is a large intersection of a cross-counrty Inter-state highway system (I-270,I-70,I-71), along with Rickenbacker International Airport(RBI), which are known to be common distribution centers for drug trafficking across the United States.

Traveling through the South-Central and Eastern portions of the city should be avoided unless necessary. Attractions/businesses are scarce, due to a large lateral-strung system of housing developments. Constructed in the late 1970's, to house the many new coming middle-class families of that era. These various communities (South gate, Linoln Park, Marion Village, Southern Pines, Scioto Village) resemble racially-balanced, subtle neighborhoods. However, increasing gang activity, drug dealing, and semi-organized crime is prominent in these areas. Especially in the hours of the night when violence occurs the most. Similar to the east side, lock all doors and close windows. Avoid traveling by foot if possible. Robbery, mugging, vehicle theft and other violent crimes are a possibility.

On the West side of town, a sliver of neighborhoods around Broad St. and east of I-270 South are relatively safe during the day, but not at night. Generally, areas outside of the I270 loop (the Outerbelt) are safer and more peaceful than areas inside. Safe areas inside I270 include the Arena District, the Short North District, OSU campus areas, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, much of German Village and Bexley.


Due to the outstanding care, research and reputation of the Columbus Medical facilities, Columbus has thriving medical tourism business that attracts domestic visitors and visitors from all over the world. Those who accompany patients can expect assistance from the facilities (if you are insistant and have a little patience) in the form of long term discount lodging and local transportation to and from the facility to see the patient.

  • Center for Eating Disorders & Psychotherapy, 445 E Dublin Granville Rd. +1 614 293-9550.
  • Childrens Hospital. 700 Children's Drive. +1 614 722-2000. [84] Mre than six square city blocks with 1.5 million square feet of space on its downtown hospital and research campus, and is regarded at the nation’s 5th largest free-standing children’s hospital.
  • Columbus Arthritis Center, 1211 Dublin Rd. +1 614 486-5200 [85] Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromylagia, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Polymyositis, Sjogrens syndrome, Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Gout and Osteoporosis. Top and one of few Ohio facilitities!
  • Columbus Community Hospital, 1430 S High St. +1 614 437-7800.
  • Doctors Hospital, 1087 Dennison Ave. +1 614 297-5917.
  • Grant Medical Center, 111 S Grant Ave. +1 614 566-9000.
  • Ohio Hospital Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 880 Greenlawn Ave. +1 614 449-9664.
  • Ohio State University Medical Center 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [86] Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
    • Dodd Hall 480 Medical Center Dr. (at west side of University) +1 614 293-5123 [87] Ranked among the top 10 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. The place for recent brain injuries and muscle atrophy treatment.
    • James Cancer Hospital 300 W. 10th Ave. +1 800 293-5066. [88] Rated as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital 452 W. 10th Ave. +1 614 293-5123. [89] Adjacent Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.
  • Mount Carmel, 793 W State St. +1 800 225-9344.
  • Riverside Hospital. 3535 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 566-5000. [90] Consistently named the hospital of choice by central Ohio residents.

Law Enforcement

In the Columbus area, you will find a variety of Law Enforcement that includes Ohio State Patrol, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, local Police depts., in Dublin, Westerville and other local municipalities to name a few. Usually, they are what one would expect from law enforcement as far as being professional, polite and helpful. They are well trained and compensated, very good at crowd control and traffic control. Be polite, respectful and you will have few problems with them. Most have cameras in cars, do not offer any bribes of anything and keep in mind you are likely being video recorded.


Ohioans passed "SmokeFree Ohio" ballot measure in 2006 banning smoking in most public areas with very few exceptions. Some hotels, motels, or other lodging facilities may have special smoking rooms that are permitted under the new law. The law forbids restaurants and bars from allowing smoking on premises, unless they have an outdoor patio. Some private clubs, such as AmVets, Eagles, Moose, and similar establishments have been slower to enforce the smoking ban, especially in the outskirts of the city.

  • Experience Columbus is the convention & visitors bureau. [91] 1-866-397-2657. Experience Columbus runs two visitor information centers that are stocked with brochures and have knowledgable staff that can help you stay, play, dine, and shop:
    • Easton visitor information center: 188 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219 +1 614 416 8080. Located on the first floor of the Easton Town Center mall; two free parking garages are located on either end of the mall.
    • Downtown visitor information center: 277 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215 +1 614 221 6623. Located on the corner of Nationwide Blvd. and Neil Ave. in the Arena District; parking is free for the first fifteen minutes in the lot across the street.
  • maintains a list of African American related events for the Columbus area. [92]
  • Stauf's:, Grandview Village [93] Possibly the best coffee place in Columbus.
  • The Coffee Table, North High St, near Goodale Park in the Short North.
  • The Waiting Room, North High St, near 1st Ave.
  • Cafe Kerouac, North High St, near Northwood Ave. A funky neighborhood coffee shop that also has books and magazines.
  • Cup O' Joe, Several locations throughout the city including North High St, German Village, Bexley and Olentangy River Rd. Coffee roasted by Stauf's.
  • The ShiSha Loungue, 2367 N. High St, Cafe, hookah bar, live music, DJs
  • Panera, the nation's largest free WiFi provider, has many locations in malls, on High St, and in the suburbs.
  • Scottie MacBean's, location in Worthington on High St.
  • Arena District, [94] Anywhere in the green spaces of the Arena District.
Longaberger Basket Headquarters Building - Newark
Longaberger Basket Headquarters Building - Newark
  • Newark - The site of many prehistoric earthworks and some interesting architecture, 45 minute drive North East.
  • Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center, 3,100 acres of nature within a 45 minute drive from downtown, 22300 State Park Rd. No. 20, Mt. Sterling, +1 877 678-3777 or +1 740 869-2020, Fax: +1 740 869-4059.
  • Wayne National Forest is a 45 minute drive to the southeast.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is about a 2 hour drive. Go north on I-71 and then go east on US-30 into Canton.
  • Cleveland is about a 2 hour, 15 minute drive north on I-71.
  • Cincinnati is about a 1 hour, 45 minute drive south on I-71.
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The Ohio State University
University Hall
Motto Latin: Disciplina in civitatem
"Education for citizenship"
Established 1870
Type Public
Endowment $2 billion
President Gordon Gee
Professors 5,202
Staff 19,277
Students 52,568
Undergraduates 38,479
Postgraduates 13,339
Place Columbus, Ohio, United States
Campus Urban
1,755 acres (7.1 km²)
Athletics NCAA Division I FBS
Colors Red and gray
Nickname Buckeyes
Mascot Brutus Buckeye
Fight song Buckeye Battle Cry
Memberships AAU, ALC, Big Ten, CCHA, GWLL, ORAU, WCHA

The Ohio State University (OSU) is a public university in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Ohio State was founded in 1870. The Ohio State University has been noted by multiple publications as one of the highest ranked universities in the United States[1] and in the world.[2]



The university was started in 1870 in a farming group in Columbus, Ohio. The first class had only 24 students. In 1878, it changed its name from Ohio State University to The Ohio State University, adding "The" to the front.[3] In the 1880's, Ohio State started taking graduate students. They started the law school in 1891. Later, Ohio State added colleges of medicine, dentistry, commerce, and journalism. In 1906, Ohio made a law that said The Ohio State University was the state's "flagship campus", or the best school in the state of Ohio.[4]



In 1916, Ohio State was the first university in Ohio to be in the Association of American Universities. Ohio State is still the only Ohio public university in the association.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ohio State University as the best public university in Ohio, one of the top 60 universities in the United States, and one of the top 20 public universities in the United States.[1] In 2007, China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University said Ohio State was the 61st best university in the world.[2]

The school was also ranked as the 24th best university in the US, 10th top public university, and top school in Ohio by Arizona State University.[5] The Washington Monthly college rankings placed Ohio State as the 12th best in the country and 10th best public university.[6]

Faculty and research

Ohio State’s faculty includes a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Kenneth G. Wilson.[7] It has twenty-one members of the United States National Academy of Sciences or National Academy of Engineering, plus four members of the Institute of Medicine.[8] There are also 159 elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science who are teaching at Ohio State. In the last 25 years, thirty-two Ohio State faculty members have been given the Guggenheim Fellowship, which is more than all other public and private Ohio universities combined.[9]

Ohio State is using over $110 million to research important issues, such as research to find a cure for cancer, renewable energy sources, and sustainable drinking water supplies.[10]


Undergraduate admissions to Ohio State are said to be "more selective" by US News & World Report.[11] It is the most selective public university in Ohio,[12] and it is the hardest university in Ohio to get into.[13]

About half of the people who apply to Ohio State get accepted. Of the students who get in, 57 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, 91 percent graduated in the top quarter, and 99% graduated in the top half. A quarter of the freshman scored in the top 3 percent of the SAT or ACT, and 72 percent scored in the top 1 percent. The average ACT score was 27. Of the 6,122 members of the 2006 freshman class, 290 had been named valedictorian (top student) of their high school's graduating class.[14] Ohio State’s freshman class has admitted over 100 National Merit Scholars for nine of the last ten years.[15]


Main campus (Columbus)

[[File:|thumb|Wexner Center for the Arts]] Ohio State's main urban campus is in Columbus. It has a size of 1755 acres, and it is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the city's downtown. Four buildings are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Enarson Hall, Hayes Hall, Ohio Stadium, and Orton Hall. Architecture on the Ohio State campus is a mix of traditional, modern, and post-modern styles.

The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library is located at the west end of The Oval. It is the Ohio State library's main branch, and it is the largest of the school's branches.[16] The school's library system has twenty-one libraries on its Columbus campus. There are eight other branches in other locations, and the system has fifty-five branches and collections in all.

The Wexner Center for the Arts is at the east end of The Oval. It was designed by the architects Peter Eisenman of New York and Richard Trott of Columbus, and it opened in 1989. The center was built mostly from a twenty-five million dollar gift from Ohio State graduate Leslie Wexner. Part of its design was to honor to the armory (military storage location) that was replaced with the Wexner Center. Its deconstructivist architecture makes known as one of the most important buildings of its generation, but the design makes it less than ideal to show many of the art displays. The main, permanent work kept in the center is Picasso's Nude on a Black Armchair, a forty-five million dollar painting that Wexner gave to Ohio State.

Ohio Union is on the east side of The Oval, and at the south side is another, smaller grassy area known as the The South Oval. The west side is contains Browning Amphitheatre and Mirror Lake.

The Ohio State College of Medicine is on the southern edge of the central campus. It is home to the James Cancer Hospital, where cancer is studied. It is one of the National Cancer Institute's forty-one NCI-designated Cancer Centers.

Regional campuses

The university also has several regional campuses and research facilities in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. The school also has an Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute. The first regional campus was in Newark, which was founded in 1957. Students there can get one of six bachelor degrees or two master degrees. In Lima, there are eight four-year programs, 2 high school completion programs, and four graduate programs. The Mansfield campus has is in the Allegheny Plateau area, and it has 7 bachelor programs and 3 master programs. Marion's campus is closest to Columbus, and it has 5 bachelor programs and 2 master programs.

Research facilities

Ohio State's research facilities include the Aeronautical/Astronautical Research Laboratory, Byrd Polar Research Center, Chadwick Arboretum, Biological Research Tower, Large Binocular Telescope, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Stone Laboratory, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Student life

The Office of Student Life helps students with things such as student housing; food service; health, wellness and counseling; activities, organizations and leadership development; recreation and intramurals. The Office of Student Life also operates the Schottenstein Center, the Fawcett Center, the Blackwell Inn, the Ohio Union, the Drake Union, and the Wilce Student Health Center.

Ohio State has several student-managed publications and media outlets. The Makio is the official yearbook.The Lantern is the school's daily newspaper. Mosaic is a literary magazine published by Ohio State, which features undergraduate fiction, poetry, and art. OHIO.FM is the student-run radio station with an Internet audio stream (no broadcast signals are available in Columbus). Students also operate a local cable channel known as Buckeye TV, which airs mostly in the campus housing.

The Ohio State University Marching Band (or TBDBITL, "The Best Damn Band in the Land")[17] is an old tradition at Ohio State. The marching band is the largest all-brass and percussion band in the world.[18] The traditional school songs are arranged to fit this unique instrumentation. The band is famous for "Script Ohio", where band members use their bodies to spell Ohio spelled in script on the football field.[19] It is seen as an honor to dot the "i" in the word.[20] Celebrities such as Bob Hope, Jack Nicklaus, and John Glenn have dotted the "i".[19][20]


Ohio State's main campus is known for the diversity of its students. In various surveys and rankings, it has been included among the best campuses in the nation for African Americans.[21] The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students lists Ohio State as one of the best campuses in America for LGBT students.[22]

Honors programs

Ohio State offers two distinct honors programs for high ability undergraduates: Honors and Scholars. The Honors program is open to students in all majors. The Scholars program is centered around thirteen specific programs such as "Architecture Scholars", "Communication Technology Scholars", "Biological Sciences Scholars", "International Affairs Scholars", and "Politics, Society and Law Scholars". Students in the Scholars program are expected to live and take select classes with other members of the program.

Student governments

At The Ohio State University, there are four recognized student governments: Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Council of Graduate Students (CGS), amd Inter-Professional Council (IPC), and Residence Hall Advisory Council (RHAC).


Ohio State is in the NCAA's Division I. Ohio State's mascot is "Brutus the Buckeye". The school colors are scarlet and gray.

Ohio State won national championships in baseball, men's basketball, football, men's swimming & diving, men's track and field, men's golf, men's gymnastics, men's fencing, men and women's fencing, and synchronized swimming.[23]


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