The Ohio State University sesquicentennial

A celebration of all that Buckeyes are, all we’ve accomplished and all that’s yet to come.

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A storied and proud history of 150 years deserves a fitting celebration.

Since its founding in 1870, The Ohio State University has epitomized the belief

that in educating our citizenry, we ensure a better tomorrow for ourselves and as a society. In academic year 2019-2020, The Ohio State University will mark 150 years with a global celebration for all Buckeyes. Join us as we honor and explore our history, celebrate who we are today and envision and embrace our future.

Ohio State through the years

  • Four students form the O-H-I-O
    Four students form the O-H-I-O

    Four students fomr the O-H-I-O

  • A student drum major shouts
    A student drum major shouts

    An Ohio State student drum major trains for a band performance.

  • Students cheer at a football game
    Students cheer at a football game

    A group of students cheer at a recent Ohio State home football game.

  • A team photo of the women's basketball team in 1916.
    A team photo of the women's basketball team in 1916.

    A team photo of the women's basketball team in 1916.

  • 1933 Ohio State Cheerleaders
    1933 Ohio State Cheerleaders

    The 1933 Ohio State University Cheerleading team in action.

  • Students look at plants in the university garden in 1964
    Students look at plants in the university garden in 1964

    Students learn about plants from an instuctor in the university garden in 1964.

  • University officials pose at a ground breaking ceremony for the Ohio State Newark campus in 1966.
    University officials pose at a ground breaking ceremony for the Ohio State Newark campus in 1966.

    University officials, including President Novice Fawcett, pose at a ground breaking ceremony for the Ohio State Newark campus in 1966.

  • An exterior photo of a building on the Ohio State Mansfield campus.
    An exterior photo of a building on the Ohio State Mansfield campus.

    An exterior photo of a building on the Mansfield campus in 1967.

  • An exterior photo of a building on the Ohio State Marion campus
    An exterior photo of a building on the Ohio State Marion campus

    An exterior photo of a building on the Marion campus in 1968.

  • A photo of a building on the Lima campus under construction
    A photo of a building on the Lima campus under construction

    Construction in 1976 of the fourth building built on Ohio State's Lima campus, Cook Hall. 

  • A photo of flowers in front of a building at the Wooster campus
    A photo of flowers in front of a building at the Wooster campus

    An exterior photo of a building on the Ohio State Wooster campus in 1983.

  • Students study near a window
    Students study near a window

    Students study near a window, 1991.

  • Students at graduation smile after receiving their diplomas
    Students at graduation smile after receiving their diplomas

    Students at graduation smile after receiving their diplomas.

  • Motor Board students gather for a photo
    Motor Board students gather for a photo

    Motor Board group photo, 2001.

  • Students pose with instruments
    Students pose with instruments

    A Cadet Combo, 1893

  • Students at a dentistry class pose for a photo
    Students at a dentistry class pose for a photo

    A chemistry class in 1888.

  • Students take pictures of buildings on the oval for a photography class
    Students take pictures of buildings on the oval for a photography class

    A photography class in 1908.

  • A professor studies bones
    A professor studies bones

    Anthropology Research, 1985.

  • Medical students examine the eyesight of two other students using optical equipment
    Medical students examine the eyesight of two other students using optical equipment

    Students in Applied Optics practice eye examinations on classmates in 1929.

  • A photo of students from the
    A photo of students from the

    Block O group photo, 1974.

  • Students churn butter
    Students churn butter

    Students churn butter in class in 1900.

  • Cadets march during drills on the oval
    Cadets march during drills on the oval

    Cadets march during drills on the oval in 1965.

  • Two dental students exam an x-ray
    Two dental students exam an x-ray

    College of Dentistry research, 1981.

  • Students look at a computer screen during class
    Students look at a computer screen during class

    Computer Art Education, 1980s

  • Students perform dance moves
    Students perform dance moves

    Dance class, 1990s

  • Two students use a microscope to examine an engine
    Two students use a microscope to examine an engine

    Dorothy Ellen Freund and unidentified woman working on engine, 1942

  • 1890, Ohio State University Football Team
    1890, Ohio State University Football Team

    A photo of the first Ohio State Football team

  • Football fans gather outside of the horseshoe
    Football fans gather outside of the horseshoe

    Football fans gather outside of the horseshoe

  • Four students walking around the oval (Armory in background), 1911
    Four students walking around the oval (Armory in background), 1911

    Four students walking around the oval, (Armory in background), 1911

  • A photo of construction of Ohio stadium
    A photo of construction of Ohio stadium

    Fraternity baseball game, 1922

  • Students chat on a porch on campus
    Students chat on a porch on campus

    Fraternity students at house, 1964

  • Students push water across paths on the oval
    Students push water across paths on the oval

    Freshman cleaning the "Long Walk," 1932

  • Students play tug of war at an event
    Students play tug of war at an event

    Greek Week tug-of-war, 1978

  • Students examine flowers in a greenhouse
    Students examine flowers in a greenhouse

    Students examine flowers in a greenhouse

  • Students kayak on a river
    Students kayak on a river

    Students kayak on a river

  • Two men examine a cow
    Two men examine a cow

    Maudine with Lowden and Vivian, 1925

  • A student takes pictures of a crowd while atop a sign
    A student takes pictures of a crowd while atop a sign

    May Week, student with camera, 1955

  • Students exercise
    Students exercise

    Men's Physical Education class inside of Armory, 1908

  • Students examine papers
    Students examine papers

  • A student and professor chat over coursework in a lab
    A student and professor chat over coursework in a lab

    A student and professor chat over coursework in a lab

  • A picture of the people entering the horseshoe from the 1950s
    A picture of the people entering the horseshoe from the 1950s

  • Students survey the food options at the student union in 1993
    Students survey the food options at the student union in 1993

    Ohio Union dining area, 1993

  • Students observe a medical procedure
    Students observe a medical procedure

    Operating Room, 1917

  • Students at WOSU review paperwork
    Students at WOSU review paperwork

    Professor Wilson and music class at WOSU, 1944

  • Student cadets stand at attention in front of a building
    Student cadets stand at attention in front of a building

  • Students build a railway on the oval in 1911
    Students build a railway on the oval in 1911

    Short Line, 1911

  • Students have a snowball fight outside of a house
    Students have a snowball fight outside of a house

  • Student rollerskate on the oval
    Student rollerskate on the oval

    Student rollerskating on Oval, 1979

  • A student skateboards past another student on the oval
    A student skateboards past another student on the oval

    Student skateboarding on the Oval, 1979

  • A teacher advises students during a group assignment
    A teacher advises students during a group assignment

    Student Teachers, 1969

  • Students celebrate with banners
    Students celebrate with banners

    Students after a game, 1940's

  • Students discuss around a table
    Students discuss around a table

    Students around a table, 1954

  • Students sit and talk on steps on campus
    Students sit and talk on steps on campus

  • Students stand next to a jukebox
    Students stand next to a jukebox

    Students at Juke Box, 1947

  • Students sit in a dorm and discuss
    Students sit in a dorm and discuss

    Students in dorm room, 1976

  • Students pose for a photo in a river
    Students pose for a photo in a river

    Students in the Olentangy River, 1930's

  • Students sit on a cannon
    Students sit on a cannon

    Students on Cannon, 1884

  • Students watch University Hall being torn down
    Students watch University Hall being torn down

    Students watch University Hall being torn down, 1971

  • A professor presents content in a modern classroom
    A professor presents content in a modern classroom

    A professor presents content in a modern classroom

  • Students work on tablets
    Students work on tablets

    Students working on tablets 

  • A view of the oval with a statue in the foreground
    A view of the oval with a statue in the foreground

    View of Oval from William Oxley Thompson statue, 1992

  • Students sit in a VW bus inside of a room
    Students sit in a VW bus inside of a room

    VW bus on the 14th floor of Lincoln Tower dorm, 1970

  • A football player smiles while wearing an Ohio State sweater
    A football player smiles while wearing an Ohio State sweater

    Wesley Fesler, 1931

  • William Oxley Thompson Statue and four students wearing freshman beanies, 1940
    William Oxley Thompson Statue and four students wearing freshman beanies, 1940

    Students relax near the statue of Willam Oxley, 1940

  • Two students sit and study in a dorm room
    Two students sit and study in a dorm room

    Women's Dorm, 1967

  • Students lounge in a dorm room in 1939
    Students lounge in a dorm room in 1939

    Women's Dorm Lounge, 1939

  • Members of OSU's International House
    Members of OSU's International House

    Zonta House, 1952

Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State

The Ohio State University sesquicentennial

From traditions to historical turning points

During the 2019-2020 academic year, we will demonstrate our continued land-grant commitment to educating our citizens by offering our popular History of Ohio State course online and at no charge.

Find out more

Global Carmen

Let's sing Ohio's praise

Join Buckeyes around the world in a global performance of "Carmen Ohio." We'll add your voice to a collaborative rendition that will inspire many through years of time and change to come.

COMING SOON

Students form the O-H-I-O during welcome week

Passing the Baton

The Ohio State Marching drum major leads The Best Damn Band in the Land and is a university hallmark, and students prepare for years to audition for the role. For Shelley Graf, becoming drum major in 1981 was a dream came true. Her accomplishment inspired Morgan Davis, the current assistant drum major, to try out and bring her own style and personality to this iconic position. Shelley and Morgan’s story is a part of the Carmen Collection.

The Carmen Collection

Honoring stories of time and change

The Carmen Collection highlights hidden Buckeye experiences, challenges and accomplishments that have helped shape what the university is today. Appreciation of the contributions of those who came before us establishes a strong foundation upon which to build and move forward. The Carmen Collection will debut in Fall 2019.

The Carmen Collection: Honoring Stories of Time and Change

Our Stories, Our Future: An Ohio State Docu-series

Our Stories, Our Future: An Ohio State Docu-series

The award-winning team behind WOSU’s “Columbus Neighborhoods” series will produce a 6-part mini-documentary series highlighting the depth and breadth of the university.

Topics include land-grant heritage, physical campus, student experience, citizenship, international reach, teaching and learning, service and tradition.

A student reads a book next to the William Oxley Thompson statue at Thompson Library

Sesquicentennial Community Open House

Date: March 21, 2020

Location: Thompson Library - Columbus Campus

Join your Ohio State family and community at a sesquicentennial celebration on March 21 to help us mark our anniversary weekend. Additional details coming soon!

Sesquicentennial events

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Oct. 15, 2019

Think Beyond: An Academic Summit Series

Reimagining Teaching and Learning

Location: Ohio Union - Columbus Campus

Jan. 28, 2020

Think Beyond: An Academic Summit Series

Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Location: Ohio Union - Columbus Campus

March 20, 2020

Think Beyond: An Academic Summit Series

Defining the 21st Century Land Grant

Location: Ohio Union - Columbus Campus