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Get Involved Guide - Student Organizations

Student Organizations

More than 60 percent of Ohio State’s 55,000+ Columbus campus students are involved in at least one student organization. There are more than 1,400 registered student organizations, ranging in size from 5 members to 600. The incredible variety of available groups to join is a direct reflection of Ohio State’s diversity of students and interests.

The online student organization directory, which lists all of the active organizations that you could join, is always changing as new organizations form and old organizations close. You can find the most up-to-date listing of all of the student organizations at or on the Discover OSU App. There are many ways that you can search the directory to find the right student organization for you. When searching the director you can search by category, primary demographics, key words, and other details that students include when they register their organization.

You are always able to start a new organization if the organization you are looking for is not yet active on campus. To do so, you will need to complete a new organization interest form online and then attend a New Organization Welcome meeting with Student Activities staff, who will guide you through the registration process. For more information, email

When it comes to getting involved on the Columbus campus, the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service, located on the second floor of the Ohio Union, is a great place to start. The “living room” of campus, the Center includes office and locker space for student organizations you can connect with, meeting rooms you can reserve and a resource room filled with supplies for students and student organizations, as well as a knowledgeable staff of students.