Columbus, OH
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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is just beautiful. There is a perfect balance between green spaces (such as The Oval, the South Oval, and Mirror Lake) and buildings. And the architecture is diverse-- lots of old building remain around the Oval, while plenty of new modern buildings also fit in with the surroundings, such as the RPAC or Thompson Library. There are so many places to hang out or study, you could probably find a new and different spot every day.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I love about everything my school has to offer. I love our Union and our libraries. I love our stadium and our basketball arena. I love the tradition of the "Mirror Lake Jump" before the M*chigan/OSU game. I love the general (jokingly) common hatred for that school up north. It's a great school with many opportunities and plenty of places to discover.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is beautiful and very well-kept. The Ohio Union is phenomenal, not to mention the $143 million athletic facility. Everything is fairly up to date and there's a lot of green space.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: I really love every facility Ohio State offers. The variety and aesthetic is outstanding.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There isn't anything wrong that I can see, but I don't have a physical disability, and there might be some problems with wait times at the elevator.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 3rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 4th
    Best Library
  • 79th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 138th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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OSU provides its students with facilities to meet both mental and physical needs. Students can look forward to the new Student Union being built on campus. It is scheduled to open in the fall 2010. In addition to the Main Library, which is due for renovations, there are a lot of smaller specialized libraries and reading rooms for almost every type of interest. Many students say that you don’t actually have to leave campus to have everything you need.

If you're trying to get in shape after that figure-destroying weekend of keg parties, or if you just like to work out regularly, you're in luck-numerous fitness centers around campus are available to students. The facilities get a little crowded during peak workout times, but you can still get around them without too much hassle. Larkins has recently been renovated, and at over 45,000 square feet, it is one of the finest recreation centers in America. Jesse Owens North and South and other recreation facilities on campus are slightly more modern, but they are much smaller.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
3,411 acres
Student Centers
  • Drake Center
  • Ohio Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • More than 30 specialized libraries located across campus
  • William Oxley Thompson Library (also known as the Main Library)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Cup O’ Joe at the Lennox
  • Numbers Garden
  • The Oval
  • Starbucks on High Street
Bar on Campus
None owned by the University, but there are plenty of bars around campus on High Street and the new Gateway area on south campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, there are several, including Starbucks and Brennen's Café on High Street, Cup O Joe (which is about a two-minute drive west of campus), and other coffee houses. They are currently installing a coffee shop on the first floor of the Science and Engineering Library as well as the Student Union.
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • The `Schott: Ohio State's arena; the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
  • Bucknasty: Nickname for the Buckeye Express.
  • Gold Pants: Award given to football players after they beat Michigan.
  • McGahee'd: Injuring your knee; named after former Miami Hurricanes running back Willis McGahee.
  • The Oval: The oval-shaped area in the middle of campus.
  • The Shoe: Ohio State's football stadium, the Horseshoe.
  • TBDBITL: Short for "the Best Damn Band in the Land," a phrase coined by Woody Hayes to describe the Ohio State Marching Band.
  • That State Up North : The proper way to refer to Michigan.
  • Woody: Ohio State's most beloved football coach.
  • : If someone yells "O-H!" at you, you must scream "I-O!" back at them. Failure to do so may result in bodily harm.
  • : It is said that if you can walk completely across the Oval, from the Main Library to the seal, while holding your sweetheart's hand, you two will marry each other one day.
  • : When the football team beats Michigan, the players receive their "Gold Pants"-a gold charm replica of a pair of football pants is given to each of the players.
  • : One of the most recognized traditions at Ohio State is for students to jump into the freezing cold waters of Mirror Lake the Thursday before the annual Ohio State vs. Michigan football game. This tradition has been broadcast nationwide and is one of the craziest traditions on campus. It is certainly a sight to see.
  • : Fans wear buckeye necklaces to show their spirit.
  • : "Hang on Sloopy" is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. Fans substitute "O-H-I-O" for the lyrics to the chorus. Listen through once, and you'll figure it out.
  • Block O: The official student section for football games. Block O sits in the south stands and cheers on the team by holding up signs that show spirit. Past examples include a buckeye leaf, or a drawing of the script Ohio. Block O is highly publicized, and has a storied tradition of cheering on the Buckeyes. It should be noted, however, that the north student section is always louder than Block O, giving the home team a decisive advantage at that end of the stadium.
  • The Ohio State University Marching Band: The band is where it all begins. Much of the tradition involves football games, so that's what it's mostly focused on. The band is composed of 225 members, all brass and percussion.
  • Ramp: After marching from the Skull Session to the stadium, the band proceeds down a long ramp to take the field. The band forms a large block and bursts into the OSU Fight Song as 100,000 people stand and cheer/sing along.
  • Script Ohio: In the premier college marching band tradition, the band spells out "Ohio" in large cursive letters on the field. At the very end, the drum major will lead out a fourth-year sousaphone player to dot the letter "i" on the field. Flashbulbs fly and the crowd erupts in applause as the band member performs a salute. Dotting the "i" is a major honor, and it is reserved for marching band members, with few exceptions. Bob Hope and Woody Hayes have dotted the `i' as well.
  • Skull Session: Skull Session begins two hours before each home game. The band goes through its upcoming performance in a pep-rally type of atmosphere, while fans pack St. John Arena to listen. Under Coach Jim Tressel, the Buckeye football players now walk through on their way to the locker room before the game.
  • : When a football game ends, the team gathers on the field in front of the south stands. There, they sing "Carmen Ohio" with the fans while the band plays.
Urban Legends
  • A student committed suicide and landed in the Numbers Garden (on the 6).
  • ESPN football analyst Trev Alberts couldn't get accepted to OSU, and that's why he hates the football team.
  • There is an underground system of tunnels that connects every building on campus.
  • Weigel Hall is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
When it comes to activities on campus, there are plenty. High Street is the center of activities, with a plethora of different stores and restaurants. The Gateway area is on High Street by south campus and there is a lot to do there in terms of shopping and dining, as well. When the weather is nice, the Oval and the O Patio and Pub are usually packed after class. People enjoy doing everything from playing basketball at the RPAC to shopping on High Street.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 1,100 student organizations at Ohio State.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 150 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 19 responses

  • 27% The Union
  • 17% The Oval
  • 13% Thompson Library
  • 8% Starbucks on High Street
  • 8% Study areas in my dorm
  • 4% Whole Foods
  • 4% Barnes and Noble
  • 4% Kennedy Commons
  • 4% Panera on High Street
  • 2% Numbers Garden
  • 2% Cup O’ Joe at the Lennox
  • 2% Mason Hall
  • 2% Orton Hall Library
  • 2% RPAC
  • 2% Science and Engineering Library

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 18 responses

  • 25% Football games
  • 23% The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • 17% Script Ohio
  • 11% Block O
  • 11% Involvement Fair
  • 8% Skull Session
  • 4% Buck-I-Frenzy
  • 2% Carmen
  • 0% Ramp

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 29% Work out
  • 22% Study on the Oval
  • 20% Go to eat at on campus dining locations
  • 13% Join clubs
  • 9% Be social
  • 4% Play sports
  • 2% Greek Life

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 14 responses

  • 26% RPAC swiper
  • 21% Student Dining Services
  • 16% Secretary
  • 16% Ohio Union assistant
  • 11% There are so many to choose from! Most are great!
  • 11% BuckID assistant

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 36% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 169 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 6% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 25% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 67% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 151 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 1% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 36% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 63% Mirror Lake Jump
  • 26% Beat Michigan Week eliminates all letter M
  • 11% Walk moonlight path at 12am w/ your SO

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Food service



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