Diversity Matters

There is no such thing as a typical arts and sciences student. Our 16,000+ 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

We are 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 under-represented populations.

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Student Organizations

With over 1,000 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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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.

Diversity STEM Student Organizations

Association of Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS is the only national multidisciplinary organization for women in STEM fields across all employment sectors. At the Central Ohio Chapter (AWISCO), members are actively engaged in educational outreach, networking, career development programs and supporting the needs of scientists with young families.

Women in Math and Science (WiMS)

The goal of Women in Math and Science (WiMS) is to provide support and encouragement to OSU 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.

Momentum - Students with Disabilities in STEM at OSU

Momentum assists in the education and support of students with disabilities in STEM fields while developing members into superb students, excellent leaders, and ideal candidates for internships, employment, and research opportunities. Through student mentoring, student workshops, and by creating an open and positive student community where students feel encouraged to self-identify and begin coping and eventually surpassing the previously thought limits of their disabilities, Momentum works to increase the number of students with disabilities successfully graduating from The Ohio State University with STEM majors.

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

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.