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Ohio State University: Home of the Buckeyes

Thompson Library

Photo Courtesy of The Ohio State University Photo Services

Stunning Thompson Library offers great places to study for students and attractions for visitors.

Ohio State University is one of the largest public universities in the U.S. Have a few hours to spare? Try a little taste of Big Ten college life during a visit to Ohio State University and check out a few of these top campus spots.

Ohio Stadium
OSU cheers on the scarlet-and-gray Buckeyes. Tour OSU’s Ohio Stadium for a true taste of Big Ten football. Situated just northwest of Ohio State’s mall, known as The Oval, this large building is a campus must- see. Affectionately known as “The Horseshoe,” this stadium seats more than 100,000, making it one of the largest collegiate stadiums!

Take a tour of the stadium and experience a taste of buckeye excitement. Visitors can see the Steinbrenner Band Center, the Huntington Club level and the collegiate press boxes. Be aware that the tour takes around an hour and a half, and children must be older than sixth grade to attend. Tours are for groups up to 10 people and cost $100 per group. Tours must be arranged two weeks in advance. M-Th. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To arrange a tour, call 614-292-7687. 411 Woody Hayes Dr.

Ohio Union
OSU’s student union is the center of student life on campus. Ohio Union houses the University’s student organizations, restaurants and shops. Come and grab a strawberry milkshake at Sloopy’s, the 1950s inspired diner, and be sure to take a tour of this brand new building.

To schedule a tour just contact the Union within a week’s notice and fill out a request form online. If you prefer a more self-directed experience please note the Union’s hours that vary based on the time of year: Fall through Spring Hours: M-F 7 a.m.-midnight, Sa. 9-1 a.m., Su. 10 a.m.-midnight; Summer, Holiday and Break Hours:M-F 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sa. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Su. noon-7 p.m. 1739 North High St.

Wexner Center for the Arts
Nationally acclaimed, the Wexner Center for the Arts is a must-do when visiting Ohio State. Much more than a beautiful art museum, the Wexner also showcases independent films, live performances as well as traveling exhibitions.

Come for a Thursday (5 p.m. normally) or Saturday (1 p.m. normally) walk-in tour to get a taste of Ohio State fine art. Here docents guide visitors through current displays, and conversation about the pieces is encouraged afterwards. Housed in a beautifully designed building by New York architect Peter Eisenman and Columbus native Richard Trott, the Wexner Center for the Arts is one of Ohio State University’s proudest attractions. Hours: Tu. W Su.: 11 a.m.-6p.m., Th.-Sa.: 11a.m.-8p.m. Admission is $5. 1871 North High St.

Thompson Library
Hit the books, or just step back into time to college years while visiting Thompson Library. Reopened in August 2009 after a renovation, the library is a mix of new and traditional design and features high ceilings, walls of interior glass windows and a classically designed reading room that overlooks the Oval.

Thompson Library contains more than 200 computers and free wireless access as well as the Buckeye Bar, a place to receive face-to-face technology aid. Located across the Oval from the Wexner Center, Thompson Library boasts four quiet study rooms, three reading rooms and one large study room with a grand total of 1,800 seats. Stop down to the ground floor for a cup of coffee at the Berry Café. Hours: M-Th. 7:30 a.m.-midnight, F 7:30 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sa. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Su. 11 a.m.-midnight. 1858 Neil Ave. Mall

Mirror Lake and the Oval
The central gem of Ohio State is The Oval, a green round of grass that serves as central point to all the main buildings on campus. An unconventional take on the classical mall, the Oval is considered the heart of Ohio State. Center of campus, southwest of the stadium.

Tree-lined Mirror Lake is a favorite year-round campus attraction. Take a stroll on the small lake’s paved walkway, and enjoy the many campus buildings that can be seen from this picturesque destination. This is a great spot for people watching or to take a book and relax on the grass. Mirror Lake is located in the southwest corner of the Oval.

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