Supporting rural and small-town applicants

As the state's #1 public university, Ohio State is committed to providing all Ohioans with access to a college education.

Ohio State attracts students from all 88 counties to our campuses.

To help prepare more Ohioans for success in work and life, Ohio State is part of the Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) Network. Through STARS, you can receive free resources, like college counseling, financial workshops, funded campus visits, scholarships and more. Together, we are removing barriers and widening pathways for academically talented, rural, first-generation students from across the state.

At Ohio State, creating access to a college education includes our Buckeyes First initiative — a program that provides information, mentoring, and financial aid and scholarships to first-generation students.

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