The Ohio State University

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

Ohio State students and fans are nicknamed Buckeyes and sport scarlet (not red!) and gray as their school colors. These colors were chosen in 1878 by three students simply because they liked the combination and it was one that had not been used by any other school.

School Colors: Scarlet & Gray
Nickname: Buckeyes
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

 

LIGHT THE LAKE

In the beginning of December, the trees surrounding Mirror Lake on the South Oval are illuminated by thousands of white lights. A lighting ceremony takes place beside the lake in Browning Amphitheater that finishes with attendees walking down to the lake where they light candles and sing "Carmen Ohio."  In 2003, the Ohio Staters, Inc., whose mission it is to preserve traditions on campus, starte... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Across the Field “Across the Field” was written by OSU student William A. Dougherty, Jr. in 1915 in hopes to create a fight song more enthusiastic than the already established “Carmen Ohio."   The song urges all OSU sports teams to victory and is sung by the football team in the locker room after every game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYYWk5YgdWU ... (more)

THE LONG WALK

The path down the center of The Oval is 1,275 feet long.  Legend has it, if you and your special... (more)

BUCKEYES & BUCKEYE GROVE

Native to Ohio, the Buckeye Tree thrives where other plant life struggles, is difficult to kill, sprouts poisonous nuts,... (more)

BRUTUS BUCKEYE

The Buckeye first appeared in costume as the OSU mascot at OSU vs. Minnesota on October 30, 1965.  The nut with human legs was created by the student organization Ohi... (more)