Department of Athletics

Education. Integrity. Excellence.

The roar of the Buckeye faithful as the winning touchdown is scored against Michigan ... the swelling of pride as Script Ohio forms inside the Horseshoe ... the emotion of watching the men’s and women’s basketball teams advance in the NCAA tournament ... But for Ohio State athletics, a powerful source of community pride wouldn’t exist.

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics supports the university mission by providing student-athletes with exceptional educational and athletic opportunities. We are committed to national leadership and excellence, and we demand the highest ethical standards. We sustain a strong financial and community base of support by presenting outstanding intercollegiate athletic teams that provide quality entertainment and a positive public identity for the university.

The Department of Athletics is also committed to providing each student-athlete with quality educational opportunities to help them grow as a well-rounded person and better meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society. The department values competitive athletic and academic experiences that build self-esteem, a sense of responsibility, effective communication skills, and an appreciation for lifelong learning--while fostering an environment where competitive athletic excellence is achieved.

Ohio State and the Department of Athletics ... Unrivaled Excellence, Unequalled Performance

Ohio State athletics is celebrated by the energy and enthusiasm of the extended Buckeye family--engendering a passion for the university that is difficult to replicate by any other means. Each year, thousands of fans flock to campus and away venues to cheer for the Buckeyes in the hopes that, once again, a championship will be secured.

Ohio State is a leader in the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and we take great pride in being one of the most comprehensive and successful athletics programs in the country. Our standards are high, however, and we expect our student-athletes to demonstrate their excellence in the classroom and in competition. Though many of our athletes have gone on to successful careers as professional athletes, the large majority do not. We are focused on making them all champions no matter where their lives take them after graduation.

With an increased focus on scholarship support and facility enhancement, we are determined to continue offering our young men and women the opportunity to earn a highly respected degree while competing at the highest level of intercollegiate sports.

Our Cheers Will Reach the Sky!

Athletics provide a powerful connection between Ohio State and its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, and we embrace our community as a source of pride by representing the state of Ohio with nationally successful athletic programs.

We are a window through which the university is viewed, serving as a rallying point for the entire university community and Ohio State’s global reputation. The success we experience in competition is matched only by the passion and engagement of Buckeye fans; our accomplishments are woven into the fabric of life in Ohio and beyond.

We set the bar high, and our ambitions are great. So, too, is our confidence in sustaining one of America’s great intercollegiate athletic programs. The But for Ohio State campaign, and the generosity of our alumni and friends, will motivate our student-athletes and coaches to develop into exemplary champions who, in turn, will inspire future Buckeyes.

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