Building Your Bobcat Story 

Imagine you’re listening to two people talk about encountering a bear in the wild. The first person describes a news story they watched about how to get yourself safely away from a bear if you see one while hiking. The second person says, “That happened to me! I was hiking this summer and a bear jumped out of the brush on the trail ahead of us!” 

Which person do you most want to keep listening to? Whose story is most compelling? 

At Ohio University, we want you to directly experience what you’re learning so that you have better stories to tell—to future employers, to scholarship committees, to graduate schools, to family members who might wonder if a college education is worth its price tag.

But don’t just tell better stories—our hope is that you’ll truly live better stories by reflecting on your experiences and thinking about how you can do better next time: better for you, better for your family, better for our local and global communities. 

Types of Experiential Learning

There are many ways to get involved at OHIO and beyond. Explore these opportunities and more on Experience OHIO.


    Community Engagement

    Be a changemaker by engaging with the communities surrounding Ohio University. Learn from meaningful and authentic experiences and serve in solidarity with others.


    Creative Activity

    Creativity and innovation go hand in hand, from designing a new app to writing a song, to putting a new twist on a classic story. Find support for bringing your creative or innovative ideas to life.



    Gain valuable real-world experiences and make connections that will help you secure jobs and opportunities. Find internship opportunities in Handshake or by scheduling an appointment with a career coach.



    Opportunities for meaningful student leadership abound at OHIO. Whatever path you choose, you'll learn and grow as a student leader.



    Investigate. Discover. Contribute to the greater good with new knowledge, understanding, and creative endeavors.


    Study Away

    Explore. Expand your horizons. Learn from global experiences and develop understanding of diverse cultures in the United States and abroad.

Experiential Learning Staff

Schedule an Appointment 

Assistant Director for Experiential Design (College of Arts & Sciences, Honors Tutorial College)
McGuffey Hall 202
Associate Director for Experiential Access and Engagement
Walter International Education Center 207
Assistant Director for Experiential Design (College of Fine Arts, Scripps College of Communication, University College)
Walter International Education Center 206
Assistant Director for Experiential Learning Design (College of Business, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Patton College of Education, Russ College of Engineering and Technology)
Walter International Education Center 212
Executive Director for Experiential Learning
Walter International Education Center 210