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Recruitment Hosts

Eligibility | Time | Expectations | Selection process | Benefits | Compensation

The 2020 application is now closed. The 2021 application will open in October.

Recruitment Hosts are a diverse group of about 60 undergraduates brought together by a shared passion for Ohio State. Hosts come from both Ohio and out-of-state and are pursuing many different majors.

The Recruitment Host program, part of Undergraduate Admissions, plays a vital role in welcoming quality students to campus. We are on the front lines of recruiting for The Ohio State University.

Hosts greet and speak with prospective students (and their families) at recruitment events. Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as hosts, minglers and managers for prospective students and their guests during Undergraduate Admissions recruitment events, home football games and off-season practices, camps and visits
  • Managing the visitor experience and maintaining all NCAA compliance rules and regulations

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To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student on the Columbus campus
  • Have completed at least 12 credit hours on the Columbus campus by the end of the autumn 2019 semester
  • Plan to enroll on the Columbus campus for spring and autumn 2020 semesters and not plan to graduate before December 2020
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good disciplinary standing

Time commitment

Fall semester

  • Attend pre-season training meetings (which typically last four to six hours) and monthly team meetings (which typically last two hours).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions at recruitment events for prospective Ohio State students (usually on three or four dates).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions at home football games. Hosts are expected to arrive up to three hours prior to kickoff and typically leave within an hour of the game's end.

Spring semester

  • Attend new hire training (which typically lasts twelve to fourteen hours) and monthly team meetings (which typically last two hours).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions at recruitment events for prospective Ohio State students (usually on five to seven dates).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions at spring football practices (which typically last three to six hours).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions during the annual Spring Game (which typically lasts about six hours on a Saturday in mid-April).
  • Represent Undergraduate Admissions during other football recruitment events as needed.

Summer (optional)

  • Hosts available in the summer may be asked to host at Undergraduate Admissions recruitment events, football camps and off-season recruit visits.


Recruitment Hosts are expected to come to recruitment events, football games, practices and camps prepared to work hard and focus on prospective students and their guests. While hosts are still able to watch the game and enjoy the game day experience, they must focus on providing a professional and excellent experience for the student athletes and their families at these events.

When talking to families, hosts are encouraged to use their creativity and personal experience to make the conversation exciting. As the first face of Ohio State, hosts are expected to be exceptional representatives of our university.

Hosts must have a basic understanding (or willingness to learn) about college football, different football playing positions and the Ohio State football team. Hosts are expected to follow all NCAA rules and regulations.

Hosts are expected to not interact with prospective students or their guests outside of an official Undergraduate Admissions sanctioned capacity. Any actions taken that are inappropriate or unsanctioned by Undergraduate Admissions may be grounds for dismissal from the team and could be subject to the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

Selection process and timeline

Selection process

To be considered, students must complete the online application. All complete applications submitted by the deadline are evaluated by Undergraduate Admissions staff. After the review is complete, selected students are called for individual interviews. Following the individual interviews, final selections and offers are made.

Timeline for 2020 selection process

Application deadline November 17 at 11:59 p.m.
Notification of individual interviews Week of November 25
Individual interviews December 2-13
Final decisions Week of December 16
Training Weeks of January 13 and 20
Spring recruitment events begin February



Recruitment Hosts benefit from their experience with the program in many ways. Beyond having a guaranteed seat at each Ohio State home football game (section 13AA, rows 1-2), hosts will have opportunities to:

  • Share their passion for Ohio State
  • Give back to the university by recruiting the next generation of Buckeyes
  • Make an impact on the college decision of high school students
  • Interact with students from different backgrounds and learn to work with a diverse group of coworkers
  • Develop strong written and oral communication skills
  • Improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Become experts about what's happening on campus and with Ohio State Football
  • Network with other students, staff and coaches
  • Develop life-long friendships with other Buckeyes


Recruitment Hosts are paid $10.00 an hour. Hosts are paid for training and team meetings. Work study students are encouraged to apply but students are not required to be work study eligible.