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Getting Involved: Making the Most of Your Time at Ohio State

Students at the Ohio State University have many unique opportunities to get involved, have fun, and be an ambassador for the Ohio State community! Getting involved helps students become well-rounded individuals and provides natural opportunities to develop friendships with other Buckeyes.

Buckeye Careers

Entertainment & D-Tix

Recreational Facilities & Intramural Sports

Service & Service Learning

Student Government

Student Organizations

STEP  Program

Buckeye Careers is Ohio State’s resource for internships, co-ops and career opportunities. Students in Exploration can use the main Buckeye Careers Network site and easily request access, load a resume and search for opportunities. Career planning can start as early as your first year, click here for a four year plan.

The Ohio Union Activity Board offers fun options for Ohio State students nearly every day of the week! To keep track of the movies, performances, activities, and services offered, be sure to bookmark OUAB’s Calendar of Events.

The Discount Tickets (D-tix) program is funded by the Student Activity Fee to provide Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional students at Ohio State with access to cultural and sporting events at a discounted rate. They are located at the Information Center in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union.

Five Rec Sports facilities are located conveniently throughout campus with a wide range of operating hours and amenities. Over 70 acres of outdoor facility space also stretch across campus. The capacious Recreation & Physical Activity Center, known among Buckeyes as the “R-Pac,” was recently named an Outstanding Sports Facility by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

Students interested in participating in intramural sports should check the RPAC website to see in which term their sport is offered; each sport is offered during one specific quarter. Register your team at the RPAC during the first full week of every quarter.

Ohio State offers many opportunities for students to participate in meaningful service. OSU students who give their time and talents develop a sense of goodwill and community, whether that community is at Ohio State, in Columbus, or even part of our global community. This link to the Ohio Union website is a great starting point for exploring service possibilities. Be sure to check out: Buck-I-Serv, an alternative Winter, Spring and Summer break program; service learning opportunities, through which students can earn academic credit as they volunteer their service; and Pay-It-Forward, a social network for students dedicated to service. The name of the organization was inspired by the words of legendary football coach Woody Hayes, who said, “You can never pay back, so you should always try to pay forward… paying forward you can do for the rest of your life.”

If you would like to be a representative of the Ohio State student body, consider getting involved with the Undergraduate Student Government. USG has many considerable accomplishments in its history, such as creating the COTA bus pass for students through the Buck ID, bringing Bob Dole and Howard Dean to campus for a debate, formulating relationships between the other Big 10 student governments and organizing Voter Registration Drives (OSU Votes). The President and Vice President of USG are elected by the student body. The Legislative branch is made up of Senators, who represent different academic units and campus living areas—including a senator representing University Exploration!

The Ohio Union and the Ohio Union website are the first places to start when looking to get involved at Ohio State. With hundreds of student organizations to choose from, the Searchable Directory will help you narrow down your options. Choose a club based on an academic interest, an interest in helping out in the community, or even a hobby or fun activity to help take your mind off of school! Some popular examples include: Reel Buckeye Productions, a student club that produces feature-length films (category: Creative and Performing Arts); the Makio Yearbook club, which produces our award-winning yearbook (category: Media, Journalism and Creative Writing); and the Undergraduate Anthropology Club (category: Academic/College).

The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) is focused on student success and opportunity, and provides group mentoring from faculty across campus.  Students who fulfill program requirements may be eligible for fellowships to fund experiences like undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and more.