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5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletic events are a great way to bring people together. As students, we get discounted tickets or free entry to all athletic events, so it's a really good way to give us something fun to do.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletic facilities are among the best in the country, and there is more than one so it's easy to access a gym no matter where on campus you are. Fan support and school spirit is out of this world, and student involvement in clubs and organizations is fantastic as well.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Every single OSU student cares about athletics in some way. Whether they root for anther team or are involved in intramural sports, we all have someone to root for. This idea connects the student body on the same level.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are very nice and are quite spacious for everyone to use.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football has the most support but all of athletics is exciting here.


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Football, football, football! You'll be hard-pressed to find a more competitive football school than OSU, the 2002 national champions. Through the football team, Ohio State has managed to start rivalries with nearly every other team in the Big Ten. Columbus is filled with block parties and huge crowds getting ready for each game, and competition is always high. The varsity football team is complimented by a number of other successful varsity sports-from the pistol and rifle team, to track and field or soccer, Ohio State fields the best that the state has to offer.

Despite the prevalence of football, don't forget that there are many other sports at all levels. There are great baseball, basketball, and gymnastics programs, along with many others. An abundance of intramural sports keeps the physically active students busy, as well. OSU intramurals offer nearly every type of sport you can think of (and probably some that you can't), all at varied skill levels. Just be careful when dealing with the Department of Recreational Sports-the slightest violation could get you suspended for a quarter of intramural sports, if not more. A great sport to try is D-league intramural ice hockey; even if you've never set foot on ice in your entire life, you will be right at home in this league. When playing an intramural sport, always keep in mind that the officials are just students like you. At games, paint your face, wear your Buckeye necklace, and sing Carmen Ohio at the top of your lungs as you attend the games. Ohio State sports are all about tradition, and the next chapter is always being written.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Scarlet and gray
School Nickname
Brutus Buckeye
Men Playing Varsity Sports
462 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
408 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 24
Baseball: 33
Cross Country/Track: 46
Other Sports: 414
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 48%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 57%
Cross Country/Track: 63%
Other Sports: 64%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido Yoshokai
  • All girls cheer
  • Alpine ski and board team
  • Archery
  • Arma
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bboy club at OSU
  • Benchball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance Till You Drop
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Dragon Phoenix Wushu
  • Equestrian team - Hunt Seat
  • Equestrian team - Western
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey (coed)
  • Figure skating
  • Filipino Martial Arts
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Jiujitsu
  • Judo
  • K1 kickboxing
  • Kendo
  • Krav Maga
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Ohio State Dance Team
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Shuai Chiao Kungfu
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Water ski club
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
  • Yoga
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bench press
  • Cricket (indoor)
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate disc
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Adventure Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Fred Beekman Park
  • Jesse Owens North and South
  • Jesse Owens West Tennis Center
  • Lincoln Tower Park
  • Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC)
  • West Campus Disc Golf Course
  • West Campus Skate Park
Most Popular Sports
Football is king. Other sports on campus are popular, but none exceed the juggernaut that is football. Men's ice hockey enjoys a devoted following, and the basketball programs are top-notch. Don't forget about soccer or baseball, either.
Most Overlooked Teams
Volleyball, lacrosse, and synchronized swimming are some of our athletic teams that are very successful but do not get as much support as they should.
School Spirit
School spirit is an area where Ohio State shines-the school is filled to the brim with spirit. Students have a sort of us-against-the-world mentality, largely due to the fact that outside of Ohio, it's kind of cool to hate OSU. This seems to make students even more proud of being Buckeyes. What other campus sees students jump into a freezing cold lake just to support the football team? Everywhere you go, you can find students decorated in scarlet and gray. Local houses sport the colors as well. Every student knows the words to "Carmen Ohio," and has shed at least one tear while singing it with their closest friends. Buckeyes are fiercely proud of where they come from, and it shows. As the words go: "Time and change will surely show / How firm thy friendship, O-HI-O."
Getting Tickets
Every current student gets the option of pre-ordering season tickets for nearly every athletic program in the University. The most highly sought after are football tickets. Good luck scalping them, however. The tickets are now bar-coded, and before they are scanned to let you in, you must present your student ID. The cost of season tickets varies from sport to sport. Many sports charge no admission to watch. Be sure to check out women's lacrosse or men's soccer. Some charge a small amount, like men's ice hockey, and women's basketball and baseball. Not only do these sports charge small ticket fees, but they consistently compete for the league title. Check for ticketing information.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Oval, High Street, and East Residential Area

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 466 responses

  • 51% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 45% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 465 responses

  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 66% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 465 responses

  • 76% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 21% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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