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Residence Hall

Each Scholars Program features a first-year residential community that provides students with a peer-network of high-ability students with similar interests. First-year Health Sciences Scholars students are given priority to live together in Park-Stradley Hall. ** Commuters are welcome to be a part of our Scholars programs.

**Please note that space in the prescribed residence halls is not guaranteed and students can be placed in other accommodations due to program demand if necessary.


Community Meetings

During the Spring semester, First Years meet monthly to discuss hot topics in healthcare and their own professional development in the healthcare field.

Mentorship Program
HSS has two mentorship programs: Summer Sidekicks and Buckeye Buddies.

  • Summer Sidekicks: This program connects all incoming First Years with an upperclassman to answer questions and alleviate any concerns about coming to Ohio State prior to Move-In Weekend.
  • HSS Buckeye Buddies: This program allows for interested First Years to be paired with enthusiastic upperclassmen to meet with on a monthly basis. This relationship allows First Years to learn more about their intended majors, organizations with which to get involved on campus, and about the Columbus area.

​​Leadership Council
The HSS Leadership Council is comprised of 13 current students. Students apply at the end of fall semester which allows First Year students the opportunity to begin serving the HSS community in their second semester at Ohio State. Students may serve on the executive board or on the academic, social, or service committees creating relevant programming for the HSS community while gaining the skills to become an effective leader in the healthcare field.


Service Opportunities
  • First Years – Complete 40 hours of service over the course of their first year at Ohio State; students are encouraged to explore multiple service options to identify a potential site for the Second Year Major Service Project.
  • Second Years – Complete a 40-hour service project with one organization or under one theme. This allows students to delve deeper by building relationships with the organization and learning the social concerns affecting a particular population. This service could be related to future career interests, such as being a Student Ambassador at the Wexner Medical Center, to personal interests such as working with children or underserved populations in the community.​