Get active, get involved

Ohio State is the place to get involved, have adventures, find your niche and make a difference.

Academic life is really important. But so is having a life outside the classroom. Get ready to go all in.

Learn, play, serve, belong

One of the things that distinguishes Ohio State from almost any other school on the planet is the variety of student-run organizations on campus. You'll find people who share your interests in everything from salsa dancing to podcasting, from Bollywood to BBQ. It also means you can get out of your comfort zone and have a totally new experience. Drone Club, anyone?

Passion for purpose

You’ll find a culture of service here that runs through everything. Ohio State students volunteered 1.2 million hours of their time last year and raised countless dollars. They traveled to sites around the United States with Buck-I-SERV, learning the importance of social justice and civic engagement. They accompanied their professors abroad using their classroom skills to build solar power systems, vaccinate animals and assist social workers.

“You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward.”
– Coach Woody Hayes

Recreational sports

A robust selection of Rec Sports programs includes:

  • Group fitness
  • Aquatics
  • Adventure trips
  • Intramural sports (the largest program in the nation)
  • Sport clubs
  • Personal training
  • And many others!

Big Ten athletics

Ohio State recently won five national championships in one year (football, wrestling, pistol, synchronized swimming and rowing). And if you're a football fan, we highly recommend cheering on the Buckeyes with 105,000 of your closest friends in Ohio Stadium, aka, "The 'Shoe." Videos of our marching band's performances at these games often go viral. Goosebumps guaranteed!

Where you'll work and play

The Ohio Union

The Ohio Union – voted one of the best student unions in the nation – is built around Buckeye life. Surrounded by the art and achievements of Buckeyes before them, student organizations meet here and study groups chat over coffee. Life-size bronze Brutus greets visitors in the Great Hall.


Be strong in mind and body. The Recreation and Physical Activity Center or RPAC (say: AHR-pack) is the heart of Ohio State's network of fitness and wellness facilities. We're talking about 27,500 square feet of fitness space, cardio and weight equipment, four gyms, three pools, an indoor jogging track, and a Student Wellness Center. You'll find a juice bar and healthy eats at the RPAC, too.

"Through the Department of Social Change, I coordinate programs like ‘A Day in the Life of a Buckeye,' where I work with urban and Appalachian-area high schools to increase the high school-to-college pipeline.” – LeRoy Ricksy, criminology and criminal justice studies major, on how Ohio State is helping him create change

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“I co-founded a student organization called Refuge, a mentorship program that pairs young refugees with Ohio State students. Now I’m working to take it to the national level.” – Abd Al-Rahman Traboulsi, biomedical engineering major and recent grad, on making the most of his Ohio State experience

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