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14 Facts About the Ohio State University

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The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public university in Columbus, Ohio.

A public university is a university that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government, as opposed to private universities.

Ohio is an Eastern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

Columbus is a Latinized version of the Italian surname "Colombo".

What it means to be a Buckeye 2011 by The Ohio State University

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Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.

A land-grant university is an institution of higher education in the United States designated by a state to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.

The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are United States statutes that allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges in U.S. states using the proceeds of federal land sales.

The Ohio State University Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony by The Ohio State University

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The college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but was developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University".

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It has since grown into the third largest university campus in the United States.

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Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State also operates a regional campus system with regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.

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The university is home to an extensive student life program, with over 1,000 student organizations; intercollegiate, club and recreational sports programs; student media organizations and publications, fraternities and sororities; and three active student governments.

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Ohio State athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the athletic teams that represent Ohio State University, named after the colloquial term for people from the state of Ohio and after the state tree, the Ohio Buckeye.

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Athletes from Ohio State have won 100 Olympic medals.

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The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference for the majority of sports.

The Big Ten Conference, formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

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The Ohio State men's ice hockey program competes in the Big Ten Conference, while its women's hockey program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates over a wide area of the Midwestern, Western, and Southeastern United States.

Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick.

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In addition, the OSU men's volleyball team is a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

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OSU is one of only fourteen universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I ice hockey.

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As of August 2015, a total of 714,512 degrees had been awarded since the university was founded.

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Alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment.

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