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How Ohio State’s communities support students

Here are five examples of how Ohio State’s communities encourage a sense of belonging, inspiration and achievement.
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Students celebrate after the BuckeyeThon Dance Marathon Closing Ceremony at the Ohio Union in November 2022 (photo by Corey Wilson).

The concept of kindness seems simple, but its presence on Ohio State’s campus has been a powerful force in enabling students to feel that one-of-a-kind Buckeye Love. Ohio State’s Kindness Committee is dedicated to helping students find ways to out their kindness into action, like through Community Clean Ups and packaging free meals for communities. From February 12th to the 18th, those opportunities will be aplenty as Ohio State celebrates Kindness Week and National Random Acts of Kindness Day on the 17th.  

When students come to Ohio State, they are gaining more than degrees. They become a part of a caring community that enables students to find friends, mentors and the support needed to succeed in college and the years beyond. 

But what is this community made of? And how can students be a part of it? There are countless ways. One of the most impressive values of Ohio State is the way it fosters and cultivates several communities dedicated to helping students reach their potential.  

Here are five examples of how Ohio State’s communities encourage a sense of belonging, inspiration and achievement. 

Protecting your well-being

The team at Ohio State’s Student Wellness Center provides a wealth of support resources that empower students to live healthier, happier lives, whether it’s through financial coaching or access to a food pantry. One of those resources is Wellness Coaching, a free service for students to get support from trained graduate and upper-level graduate students in different areas of wellness, including stress management, navigating transitions, and improving confidence.  

Mentoring matters

Faculty and staff at Ohio State are highly engaged with students and committed to building meaningful and lasting connections in and out of the classroom. Their mentorship fosters success and has helped students find their purpose at Ohio State. Faculty and staff enable students to unlock new passions, foster new ideas, and find ways to serve others. Even after graduating from Ohio State, alumni have opportunities to carry on the legacy of mentorship and help current students succeed.  

Living and learning

Ohio State offers more than 15 learning communities that give students with similar academic interests a chance to live on the same floor of a residence hall. This opportunity directly connects students with those who are passionate about similar areas of study, offering a supportive community for educational growth. Future students interested in joining a learning community should apply by April 15

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Engaging through student organizations

More than 1,400 organizations are available for Ohio State students, giving them a wide array of opportunities to join students with similar interests who help them feel encouraged and empowered. These groups span a wide range of interest areas. Groups like the Boo Radley Society and others promote kindness, caring and support of the entire university community. 

Connecting with powerful alumni network

Buckeyes stick together, and that’s one big reason that Ohio State’s alumni base — which numbers nearly 600,000 strong — plays such an integral role in helping students succeed during and after college. Alumni engage students through organizations like Student-Alumni Council and help students achieve success. Once in the working world, alumni continue to support their own communities by contributing at home and beyond

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