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Life at Ohio State

The Ohio State University is a unique community that offers both outstanding academic programs and countless opportunities for enrichment outside of the classroom. Pursue your passions alongside peers, faculty and staff who support your goals.


Life in Columbus

This is where it begins. Music, fashion, food, nightlife. Vibrant and alive, Ohio's capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus' blend of distinctive neighborhoods, dynamic nightlife and music, creative arts scene, original culinary experiences and wide array of festivals and attractions is made unforgettable by its outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. In Columbus, standing out doesn’t mean standing alone.

Highlights include the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on the west bank of the Scioto River; the Columbus Museum of Art; three historic downtown theaters (the Ohio Theatre, the Palace, and the Great Southern); the Columbus Zoo; Zoombezi Bay water park; the Columbus Metro Parks and City of Columbus Parks; and a wide range of festivals and cultural events.

Local concert and performance facilities include the Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State campus, as well as Nationwide Arena and numerous other local venues.

Sports enthusiasts can choose from a variety of professional and collegiate sports, including the Ohio State Buckeyes; the Columbus Crew (major league soccer); Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL hockey); and the Columbus Clippers (AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians).​