The rafters of St. John Arena rang out with the cheer of O-H-I-O.
If you’re a freshman at Ohio State University, it’s a cheer you’ll hear hundreds to thousands of times in the years to come.
“I’m excited, I’m a little nervous too, because it’s just a whole new experience; but I just want to enjoy it and have fun,” said incoming freshman Stephanie Endish.
On Monday, students got a taste of what life is like on campus and in the city of Columbus.
OSU president Michael Drake told the students that expectations are high. He says this year’s freshman class is among one of the most academically successful to ever start at Ohio State.
“We've had more applications than ever in our history, so the class becomes more competitive in those aspects,” said Dr. Michael Drake.
Mayor Michael Coleman also spoke to the students. His goal is to encourage them to stay in Columbus after they graduate.
“We want to move this city from where it was in the 80s and 90s, from a brain drain city where all the talent left, and the city to keep all the talent right here,” said Coleman.
This year’s freshman class contains students from all of Ohio’s 88 counties, and 49 of the 50 states.