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Basic Needs


A hungry student is not a Bobcat set up to succeed. With basic needs like food, housing, and financial security in question, our students suffer inside and outside the classroom. Here’s how we help.


    Food & Housing

    • 6,500+ active meal plans for use in 19 dining venues
    • 6,300 occupied beds across 34 residence halls
    • 4,000 lbs. of food donated quarterly to the pantry
    • 1,000+ visits to the food pantry each semester; 325 reoccurring student users
    • 500+ meal swipes donated by students semesterly


    • 2,500 on-campus student job opportunities
    • $265,852 raised in 2020 to support student pandemic relief
    • 590 students awarded financial assistance (avg. $450 per microgrant)
    • Regular promotion of government financial aid resources and deadlines in student communications
    • Financial literacy workshop series for graduate and undergraduate students
    Healthy and fresh groceries through the Cats' Cupboard food pantry, and student-to-student meal donations to on-campus dining.
    Support and guidance for housing insecurity.
    Small-scale funds for emergencies or one-time hardships through emergency microgrants, and assistance accessing commencement attire through the cap'n'gown loan program.


    College students experience high levels of anxiety, depression, and at times fear for their safety. We aim to assist wherever possible as students field those internal and external threats to their well-being.



    • Trained 250 OHIO employees on suicide prevention
    • 100% of division staff completed hazing education and prevention training
    • 639 downloads of WellTrack a mental health mobile application
    • Manage response for 300+ student safety referrals from concerned faculty, staff, and students annually
    • Embedded counselor positions in Diversity & Inclusion to address race and social justice


    • 816 student users of Togetherall community mental health support app
    • 17,000 annual telehealth counseling appointments; 1,900 student patients
    • 400+ annual counseling workshops, programs, and events
    • 800 interactions with students seeking survivor advocacy support
    • 100+ BIPOC counseling appointments each quarter
    • Responded to incidents of bias across campus through communications and programming