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Welcome to Columbus!

The nation's best-kept secret

The number one surprise our first-time visitors express? “What a great city!” Columbus is a major metro area (the 15th largest city in the U.S.) with lively arts and music scenes; great parks and greenways; cool historic neighborhoods; major and minor league sports teams; and fun and trendy restaurants and shopping.

Columbus has been dubbed a "Midwestern style capital" by the New York Times and one of the top ten "Best Cities to Start a Career" by Time. With one of the highest populations of college students in the U.S., Columbus is youthful and progressive; nearly half the population falls within the 18-44 age group.

Columbus was recently named a "City of the future" in New Geography's list of "cities best positioned to prosper in the next decade." A strong tie to the university means great research, internship, service and job opportunities for Ohio State students. Abercrombie & Fitch, Battelle, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands and Wendy’s International are just a few of the corporations headquartered in Columbus.


Explore Columbus at a discount with D-Tix

D-Tix (located at the Ohio Union Info Desk) offers students discounted or free tickets to performances, sporting events and trips that take place in and around town. Browse some D-Tix venues:

Shop, eat, experience   

Shop
Columbus offers unique neighborhood shopping and great malls.

Eat
Find lots of variety close to campus.

Experience
Like any good-sized city, the more you dig, the more you find. Start digging here:

Travel time to/from Columbus

Columbus is centrally located, with an international airport and easy access to national freeways (I-70 and I-71). Many other terrific U.S. cities are just a short flight or drive away. (Chart gives approximate hours.)

 
By plane
By car
Atlanta, GA        
1.5
9.75
Boston, MA
1.75
12
Chicago, IL
1
5
Cincinnati, OH
<1
2
Cleveland, OH
<1
2.5
Dallas, TX
2
17
Houston, TX
2.75
19.5
Los Angeles, CA
4
36
Miami, FL
3
19
Minneapolis, MN
2
12
New York City, NY
1.5
8.5
Philadelphia, PA
1.5
6
Pittsburgh, PA
<1
3.5
St. Louis, MO
1
7
Seattle, WA
4.5
38
Toledo, OH
<1
3
Washington, DC
1
6.5


Weather

Annual temperatures in central Ohio range from 20° F (-7° C) in December and January to 85° F (30° C) in June through August, and there are four distinct seasons. Check the current weather.

 
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