Strategies and initiatives around branding, community awareness, recruitment, financial aid optimization, retention and graduation across all Ohio State campuses are collectively helping the university meet and manage immediate and long-term enrollment goals. 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology 

Ohio State regional campuses offer a world-class engineering technology education in a personalized and cost-effective learning environment. Students receive hands-on lab experience in our state-of-the-art facilities and can participate in undergraduate research, mentorships and internships. Learn more.  

Buckeye Agricultural Leaders Pathways  

A collaboration with Strategic Enrollment Management and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Buckeye Agricultural Leaders Pathways provides information to students, parents, teachers, school counselors and industry professionals — especially in rural and urban communities — about the application process and the merits of pursing a degree from CFAES. 


Ohio State’s automated chatbot provides on-the-spot answers to commonly asked questions. With an 85% hit rate, BuckeyeBot not only provides real-time answers 24/7/365, but it also allows Buckeye Link staff to focus on assisting students and families with more complex issues —  especially during busy periods around course registration and fee payment deadlines. Learn more

Buckeye Education and Human Ecology Pathway  

Strategic Enrollment Management and the College of Education and Human Ecology have partnered to offer the Buckeye Education and Human Ecology Pathway, an initiative for new first-year applicants and transfer students interested in priority majors in areas of Human Sciences, Teaching and Learning, and Educational Studies. First-year applicants to the Columbus campus and their families will benefit from engagement with Ohio State from incentivized on-campus visits and events with the college to earlier admissions decisions and merit scholarship and financial aid assistance opportunities. Similarly, transfer and campus-change students will have access to collaborative academic advising, college-based scholarship opportunities and a pathway to pursue their chosen career. 

Buckeye Student Leadership Academy 

The leadership academy provides an in-person and virtual programming opportunity for high-achieving Ohio high school students to experience an intensive taste of college life. Students apply for the program in their junior year and learn more about themselves, leadership, the college experience and resources to support their success. Learn more. 

Completions grants 

Students who are close to earning their bachelor’s degrees often just need a bit of extra financial assistance to complete their requirements. Ohio State is deeply committed to student success and is developing completion grant programs to offer modest amounts of financial aid, along with campus-based support, to help motivated students reach the finish line. 

Degree management project 

The university’s ongoing degree management project aims to enhance students’ abilities to design their degree plan, track their progress, review any transfer credit and successfully complete their academic goals. Featuring robust planning and reporting tools, the new degree audit system will track course demand more efficiently and help identify students who may be missing requirements or facing barriers to on-time graduation.  

Great Minds Fellowship 

The Great Minds Fellowship Program is available to Ohio residents who are within two years of a degree or certificate in social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and substance abuse/addiction counseling. In this program, The Ohio Department of Higher Education in partnership with Ohio State provides up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to eligible students who intend to join the behavioral healthcare workforce. Program participants must complete an internship with a participating Ohio Community Behavioral Health Center (CBHC) and commit to at least one year of employment at a participating CBHC upon graduation. Learn more. 

STARS College Network  

A recently added member of the Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) Network, along with 16 other colleges and universities, Ohio State will prepare academically talented, rural, first-generation undergraduate students for success in work and life with free resources, like college counseling and financial workshops. Early focus will be on Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties. Learn more.  

Student Financial Success and outreach: Buckeye Link 

Buckeye Link is both an in-person and online hub where students can take care of their Buckeye business. To prepare for a successful start, new first-year students and families are invited to meet with Buckeye Link staff during orientation to ask questions about financial aid and fee payments. Students can also access a variety of online sessions on topics like Financial Aid 101, Smart Borrowing, Buckeye Billing, FAFSA filing and upcoming deadlines. Once the academic year gets started, Buckeye Link specialists also reach out to students, especially those struggling with past due balances, to help resolve issues or identify unused financial aid options. Learn more. 

Testing Center 

The Testing Center facilitates the testing needs of Ohio State, provides Scantron scoring services for faculty, and oversees the policy and implementation of exam credits. A proctored, secure environment on the Columbus campus, the center administers make-up exams and distance-learning exams for Ohio State students and also serves central Ohio as an official site for national and professional certification exams (GMAT and OAE). The Testing Center also updates Ohio State student records to accurately reflect exam credit such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program and Ohio State’s Examination Mark credit. Learn more.