COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- 7,000 freshmen will be on the Ohio State University campus soon. They were welcomed to Columbus during a Monday event at Nationwide Arena. It's the second year for the event.
"Each of these 7,000 students I look at as a potential lifetime commitment to the city of Columbus," said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
He says the city has to build a relationship with those students and let them know that Columbus is a great place to start a business, find work, start a family, and live.
"This is the first day a lifetime in the city of Columbus. That's how I view it," he said.
OSU Interim President Joseph Alutto believes it's important for the university to reach out to incoming students to make sure they feel welcomed. He also says it's vital for the president to be accessible.
"A president can't determine how things are going unless he or she is out there using the system. Part of that is walking, part of that is looking at the grounds, part of that is getting into building and seeing how well they're maintained," he said.
Alutto says the challenge is to make sure all 7,000 incoming students get their degree. He says a great staff and faculty are a big part of that.
Classes at Ohio State begin on Wednesday.