Nightlife revolves around on-campus parties and the one or two popular bars in town. Although there is not much to do in Delaware if you are not 21, it isn't hard to find a place to party almost every night. All-campus dance parties at the fraternities are always very popular, as are smaller nightly gatherings in the rooms of the residence halls. Being in such a small town, partying options are very limited unless you travel to Columbus. There are always a few options for hanging out and partying, whether it be in rooms, fraternities, bars, or at off-campus houses being rented by OWU students. Almost every week, there is some campus-wide party that can attract a few hundred students throughout the night and be a great time until three or four in the morning. Often, students find themselves traveling in groups around campus from party to party throughout the night.
Campus police are sure to show up at almost every large event just to check to make sure there aren't any illegal activities, and they won't hesitate to break up parties. Noise can be a problem, especially in the dorm rooms. If you are smart about it, you can party and drink in your room without being bothered by campus police, as long as you aren't disturbing your neighbors. Throughout the year, students will experience all-campus dance parties, theme parties, drinking fests, dorm parties, and simply hanging out with friends into all hours in the morning.