The University Ambassador program began in 1994. Before that time, tours of campus were run through a different campus department.
President Gordon Gee (in his first term) decided that tours of campus should be run through Admissions. These early tours departed
from the third floor of Lincoln Tower by bus or on foot. The initial University Ambassador staff had about 15 students.
In 1996, the James M. Mager Student Visitor Center opened in Enarson Hall (now Hale Hall) and became the home of the University Ambassadors.
In 2010, the program began to operate tours from the Ohio Union.
In 2012, the University Ambassadors moved to the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. Administrative offices for all of Undergraduate
Admissions are located in the Student Academic Services Building. The current roster of University Ambassadors consists of approximately 70 students with
varying academic interests, hometowns and involvement on campus.
Since the program’s start, the University Ambassadors have always tried to serve different populations of students. We most often work with high school juniors and seniors looking to apply, but we also give tours to transfer students, admitted students and special groups.
Like most groups at The Ohio State University, the University Ambassador program is proud of some of its internal traditions such as:
- staff intramural teams
- social events and outings
- musical chairs competition
- an annual retreat
- senior send-off
- tour milestone awards