The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is proud to sponsor 17 women’s varsity sports and an additional three co-ed sports. Ohio State is among the national leaders in sponsorship of women’s sports, and it is tied with our rivals from the north, Michigan, with the most Big Ten Conference-sponsored women’s sports: 14.
Organized intercollegiate athletics competition for women within the Department of Athletics began in 1965-66 when many of the university’s women’s club teams began the transition to intercollegiate teams. By the mid-1970s, Ohio State featured 12 women’s sports.
Ohio State’s last major expansion of women’s sports came in the last 25-30 years with the addition of four sports: soccer in 1993-94, lacrosse and rowing in 1995-96 and hockey in 1999-2000. Soccer just completed its 30th season; lacrosse and rowing are competing in their 28th seasons this spring, and hockey is in the midst of its 24th season.
All four sports have proud histories and traditions:
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics maintains entirely self-supporting operations. All grants-in-aid, buildings and capital expenditures, including debt service, are funded by the department’s generated funds without subsidy from the university. No student fees, tax dollars or university funds are used to support the programs of the Department of Athletics.