Office of Student Life

Buckeye Nation Week

History

Spirit and Tradition. It's what makes Ohio State one-of-a-kind.

Since its founding in 1870, The Ohio State University has epitomized the belief that we are building a better future by investing in our students. Across Ohio and around the world, Buckeyes are showing their pride through academic achievement, service and reaching out. At Ohio State, friendships are created when you call "O-H" and someone responds "I-O."

There are many traditions that make the university unique. Our favorites include:

The Game

The rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is the greatest in college football. No other rivalry in the sport approaches the combination of rich history, balanced competition and consistent championship implications. Though Michigan built up a large series lead in the early years of the rivalry when Ohio State was still finding its footing as a program, the record after both teams joined the Big Ten in 1918 is quite close with the Buckeyes leading 51-46-4.

This year, The Game will take place on November 30 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Singing Ohio's Praise

From the chimes of Orton Hall to the beautiful Oval leading to Mirror Lake, from Brutus Buckeye to the championship Buckeyes, Ohio State is brimming with traditions that form a common bond across campus and around the world, like:

  • "Carmen Ohio" – Our song to alma mater, first performed by the Glee Club in 1903.

  • Script Ohio – The marching band's most famous formation culminates in the "dotting of the i" by a senior sousaphone player.

  • The O-H I-O chant – A rallying cry for Buckeyes everywhere.