OSU Welcome Week expanded to include intro to city of Columbus, hosted by the Columbus Partnership, Chamber and Columbus 2020 at Nationwide Arena

The Arena District will host an influx of incoming Ohio State freshman today as the city of Columbus welcomes OSU's class of 2017 as part of the university's welcome week activities.

Beginning last year Columbus 2020, the Columbus Partnership and the Columbus Chamber began hosting the Columbus Welcome Week event as a way to bond these soon-to-be young professionals to the city. In the past, Ohio State's Welcome Week activities have been a limited introduction to student-life and transportation on the sprawling campus. Today's event, hosted at Nationwide Arena, will feature presentations from community leaders and OSU alums that have made their homes in Columbus after graduation.

Last fall 7,000 incoming freshman attended the Nationwide event in a collaboration between OSU and Columbus civic organizations, said Jordan Davis, manager of events and development for the Columbus Partnership, in a Columbus CEO'sarticle on the city's YP attraction initiatives. In addition to learning about local amenities like COTA, CoGo and the Metro Parks, today's event will "welcome and challenge students to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that exist just beyond the boundaries of campus in one of the country's premier cities, Columbus."

If you see them downtown today or near your AD office, give a warm welcome and an "O-H" to the class of 2017.