Get active, get involved

Get ready to go all in.

Learn, play, serve, belong

Academic life is really important. But so is having a life outside the classroom.

Passion for purpose

You’ll find a culture of service here that runs through everything. Last year students traveled to sites around the United States with Buck-I-SERV learning the importance of social justice and civic engagement, and contributing to 1.2 million student volunteer hours. 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
  • Adventure trips
  • Intramural sports (the largest program in the nation)
  • Club sports
  • And many others!

Big Ten athletics

Ohio State recently won five national championships in one year! 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 (we have over 1,400 of them!) and study groups chat over coffee.


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