Diversity Matters

There is no such thing as a typical arts and sciences student. Our 17,000+ students represent a wide variety of ethnic, racial, economic and cultural backgrounds from all around the country and from countries all around the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers workshops on topics ranging from graduate and professional school preparation, career development, summer internships and study abroad to undergraduate research and staying healthy on campus. Additionally, we help identify funding opportunities for students such as the Morrill Scholars Program. Sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) rewards academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service activities and eager to serve as student ambassadors and champions of academic excellence and diversity.

Community Building (PASS)

We're not a microcosm of the real world. We are the real world. Academics. Career preparation. Leadership development. Community. Service.

The Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) is a selective first-year academic learning community for Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of diversity. PASS links you with your community and peers in ways that ensure academic success and engagement. PASS offers you all the benefits of a small college experience—personalized guidance and support—with the kinds of great opportunities available only at a large university.

Diversity Scholarships

The Morrill Scholars Program is a highly competitive diversity scholarship. Applicants should be academically exceptional high school seniors who are ambassadors of diversity in their schools or communities and promote cross-cultural relationships among their peers.

The Freshman Foundation Program offers need-based grants to Ohio students based on financial need, academic and leadership credentials, race/ethnic/tribal background, county of residence, potential first-generation college graduate, and other factors.


The college is committed to fostering and supporting a diverse student body. Our diversity scholarships, including the Rising Star Awards, are one way to encourage and support students from a range of backgrounds and underrepresented populations.

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Finding Your Place — Student Organizations

With more than 1,300 student organizations on campus, no matter what your interest or goal — professional, academic, cultural, creative or spiritual — there are opportunities to get involved.

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Some examples:

Black Advertising Strategic Communication Association (BASCA)
BASCA is a partnership between students, faculty and professionals intended to develop and prepare Black students for careers in advertising and strategic communication. Students interested in attending BASCA may come to the meetings. However, to be considered a member they must pay their membership dues by the deadlines in the Fall and Spring semester. The Dues are $20 and cover the annual trip, food for meetings, eligibility to vote, eligibility to run for an E Board position and opportunities to travel around Columbus.

BASCA meets biweekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at 242 W. 18th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210. For questions about BASCA membership or meetings contact the advisor of BASCA, Dr. Osei Appiah or Tracey Lindsay, BASCA Secretary. More information about BASCA can be found on its website at http://u.osu.edu/basca/ and by following BASCA OSU on Twitter.

The Deaf-Hearing Club at The Ohio State University (DHOSU)
The Deaf-Hearing Club at The Ohio State University (DHOSU for short) purpose is to bring together people of all ages and all levels of fluency in American Sign Language, within and outside of The Ohio State University, through social activities, and educational seminars of any type that affiliate with the Deaf Community and/or the use of American Sign Language.

Community of Appalachian Student Leaders (CASL)
CASL connects and engages students from the Appalachian region — many, first-generation students  — with student, faculty and staff mentors from the region while working towards developing students’ academic, professional and leadership skills. 

STEM Diversity

The College of Arts and Sciences believes diversity is a key component of excellence and the pursuit of eminence. We proudly promote the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism and are committed to helping underrepresented students achieve success.

Diversity Programs

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program
The Ohio State University and 10 additional Ohio colleges and universities will share over five years a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant to help increase underrepresented student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The grant, awarded through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, establishes an alliance that will work to double the number of bachelor’s degrees completed in STEM fields at partner institutions within five years. Diversifying the STEM workforce is one of the country’s major challenges, and the LSAMP grant will provide comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable strategies for strengthening the nation’s STEM talent pool.

Ohio State will serve as the lead institution of the alliance, creating a partnership among alliance institutions and industry and community partners that will result in programming that is collaborative, effective and sustainable and will impact students well beyond the duration of grant funding. Alliance-wide activities will include innovative curricular reforms in mathematics, an interactive web site, shared online courses and workshops, diversity sensitivity training and a research conference.

Leadership Initiatives for Woman of Color (LIWOC)
Working to foster the development of women of color as leaders in the classroom, on campus, and in their surrounding communities is the mission of Leadership Initiatives for Woman of Color (LIWOC). They work to help women of color in developing networks that increase their retention and graduation rates, and to sponsor targeted programming that assists women of color in developing personal and academic strategies for professional success.

Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students (SAMMS)
The goal of the Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students (SAMMS) is to inspire undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate studies in STEM fields with an emphasis on graduate education in mathematics. The immersive mini-course program provides students with a “sample” experience similar to what they would have in an established graduate math program at a large state university.

Ohio State Faculty Outreach, Recruitment and Collaboration (FORC)
Underrepresented groups (URGs)-serving institutions are largely teaching-intensive, and they often lack budgets to invite researchers from research-intensive institutions to give seminars. Thus, they rely upon departmental faculty and those from nearby institutions to participate in their seminar series. As a result, students at SoC-serving institutions are primarily exposed to research and educational opportunities that are on campus or in these nearby institutions, and large institutions like Ohio State are easily overlooked when these students are considering higher education options.

The Ohio State Faculty Outreach, Recruitment and Collaboration (FORC) Program seeks to provide an essential bridge between Ohio State STEM departments and their counterparts at higher education institutions largely serving populations of URGs. The program accomplishes this by supporting highly research-productive Ohio State STEM faculty to travel to these institutions to give science talks and interact with faculty and students in STEM departments at URG-serving institutions to work towards building a pipeline of URGs undergraduates into Ohio State STEM summer research and graduate degree programs, as well as faculty-driven collaborations between Ohio State STEM departments and their counterparts at URG-serving institutions.

MS to PhD Bridge Program in Physics
Established in 2012 — with unanimous support of department faculty and staff — the goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM PhD programs. The Bridge Program was one of the first two such programs directly supported by the American Physical Society and the NSF. Since the Bridge Program’s inception, the physics graduate program has increased the diversity of its students from less than 3 to 21 percent.


Diversity STEM Student Organizations

Women in Math and Science (WiMS)
The goal of Women in Math and Science (WiMS) is to provide support and encouragement to Ohio State women that have decided to pursue a career in math and/or science. This includes lunch-ins with professors, well known speakers and the new WIMS mentor program. Members also do outreach to area Girl Scouts to encourage them to consider studying a math/science subject when they reach college.

The Society of Women in Physics (SWiP)
The goal of the Society of Women in Physics (SWiP) is to promote involvement of, career and academic development for, and sense of community among the graduate and undergraduate women in The Ohio State University Department of Physics. SWiP is all inclusive group and welcomes anyone who supports diversity and excellence in STEM fields.

Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Ohio State Chapter
A society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists, SACNAS Ohio State Chapter, from college students to professionals work to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science. The Ohio State Chapter of SACNAS partners with other organizations on campus and the Ohio community to provide mentoring, outreach and research-focused workshops; to promote student and professional recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields; to provide a forum for students and professionals from different science disciplines to come together for professional development, academic, research experiences, community service and social activities at The Ohio State University and communities in central Ohio.

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
oSTEM, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, aims to provide support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally students by educating peers, organizing social events and connecting with professionals in industry. For more information on oSTEM, contact the club at ostem.at.osu@gmail.com or visit Facebook.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular Biology
The departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the Division of Biochemistry at The Ohio State University will host an REU program in Molecular Biology sponsored by The National Science Foundation during the summer of 2018. This program provides a cohesive framework for undergraduate research, focusing on the use of model organisms and molecular biology techniques to address fundamental questions in biology, while preparing students for successful graduate study in molecular life sciences.

Since 1987, the National Science Foundation has sponsored the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, supporting underrepresented minority students in STEM and institutions offering limited research opportunities. Top universities compete to host these REUs, including Ohio State, which has been a host since 2006, established by molecular geneticist Amanda Simcox and biochemist Venkat Gopalan. Fore more information on the program, click here.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences remains committed to excellence, which includes building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. When entering our classrooms and learning spaces, students expect a world-class educational experience inclusive of a broad range of ideas, backgrounds and experiences, and we must deliver.

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Contact the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment

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