Academic communities

Build relationships with faculty, get leadership experience, and make connections on campus and beyond.

Ohio State's academic communities are rich environments for bright, curious minds. Live and study with fellow students, connect with professors, take service trips — and pretty soon, our big campus feels small and supportive.

Honors & Scholars

Students in any major may join University Honors or one of the 17 theme-based programs of Ohio State Scholars to interact with an accomplished, close-knit community of peers, take part in service and travel opportunities, develop ties with top faculty, and live in designated Honors and Scholars housing.

Morrill Scholarship Program

For those engaged in diversity-based service and leadership, the Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) offers financial awards and enrichment opportunities — like mentoring, an early arrival program and a learning community — to exceptional students.

Honors, Scholars and MSP programs are competitive. If you wish to be considered, we strongly recommend applying for admission to the university by November 1.

Learning communities

Live with other students who share your major, career or personal interests. Learning communities are residential programs that contribute to your academic success by providing opportunities to explore a focus area alongside peers, faculty and staff.

STEP

Most Ohio State students are required to live on campus for their first two years, and STEP (Second-Year Transformational Experience Program) is an innovative residential community designed to help participating students get the most out of that sophomore year. The program focuses on professional and personal development and faculty-student interaction.

Student organizations

From the Academics Team to the Zoology Club, Ohio State students head up hundreds of organizations with a connection to an academic program or national organization. Learn from your upper-level peers as you travel to conferences and attend networking events. 

Create your own viewbook

Freshman Year Survival Tip #2: Your Professors Don’t Hate You "My biggest regret of freshman year is not realizing sooner that these individuals aren’t as scary as I thought they would be."

Read more Joey