Student Experience
Women, Minorities, and LGBTQ

At Fisher, we continually seek to expand cultural and ethnic diversity as a contributor to intellectual diversity – and as a key factor in our success.

Fisher College of Business champions diversity in intellectual thought and perspective. We inspire leadership through passion, integrity, hard work, and the desire to succeed. Students join our programs because of the culture we have designed and our emphasis on high-impact teaching and research.

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    The women of the Fisher graduate programs come from a diverse set of backgrounds but all share one thing in common, the goal to see each and every one of their classmates succeed. You will find that support spreads throughout the college while interacting with faculty, staff and your fellow students.

    At Fisher you will find top-notch female faculty who are committed to helping you reach your goals, as well as exclusive scholarships to help you fund your studies. You will be involved with organizations such as Fisher Graduate Women in Business, where you will build connections with successful business women while giving back to the community at large.

    Most importantly, you will find all of this at a premier college housed in a city that is nationally recognized for its population of successful women entrepreneurs and female business leaders.

    What does this mean for you? It means you’ll have unique opportunities to learn from the accomplished women who are right here in Fisher's backyard and to continue to build your professional network throughout your time in the program.

    Key Partnerships

    Fisher College of Business partners with top women in business organizations to create a powerful platform for success in business.

    Forté Foundation

    Fisher has partnered with the Forté Foundation to provide higher numbers of women with access to business education and networking opportunities and to encourage women to pursue careers in business. Forté hosts many events throughout the year focused on the professional and career development of prospective female MBA candidates, current students and alumni.

    As a student at Fisher, you will be able to become a member of the Forté Foundation and participate in their yearly leadership conference, search their job center and attend focused career prep webinars. In addition, a select number of qualified incoming Fisher MBA students are awarded Forté Fellows each year which provides scholarship support, additional networking opportunities and a lifetime Forté membership.

    National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)

    Dedicated to empowering women MBAs, the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) works to propel women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance diversity in the nation’s workforce.

    NAWMBA provides exceptional networking opportunities for Fisher students.

    The Women's Place

    The Women's Place embraces a vision of the university which supports all women to thrive, advance, and make their full contributions within an environment characterized by equity, freedom, and dignity for all people.

    The Women's Place works to catalyze change at Ohio State by focusing on these four areas: policy, culture, leadership and reporting the status of women.

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    Fisher is one of the few top business schools that are committed at the highest levels to promoting diversity and inclusion in student life and as part of the curriculum.

    Recruitment and Career Management Success

    Fisher has a strong presence at the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) conferences, among others. Our student ambassadors make personal contact with prospective students.

    Recruiters consistently hire our graduates both for their business acumen and their ability to collaborate and manage new ideas. Fisher’s Office of Career Management helps students successfully manage their career search and minority recruitment fairs have enabled Fisher to place students with top companies, including JPMorgan Chase, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, General Electric, and L Brands, to name a few.

    Educational and Professional Diversity

    Fisher’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services offers academic counseling, scholarships, need-based financial aid, and tutoring services for minority undergraduate and graduate students and support to campus departments, corporations, companies, and agencies which seek to help minority students succeed academically, financially, and socially.

    Student Community

    Student organizations and activities are as varied as our students themselves. Student groups bring speakers to campus, sponsor conferences and other special events, organize networking opportunities, and hold career development forums in collaboration with the Office of Career Management. As a member of one of Fisher’s student organizations, students can connect locally and nationally with peers in social and professional settings, as well as with top executives and alumni from around the world.

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    The Ohio State University is proud to be one of the Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities ranked by the Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

    Fisher partners with organizations and offers student clubs that focus on LGBTQ, including:

    Fisher offers a diverse and inclusive community for students who identify as LGBTQ. Fisher and Ohio State even has dedicated staff and resources to champion a supportive LGBTQ environment.

    Thomas Hoffer2016 MBA graduate


The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is offering tuition scholarships to qualified NBMBAA members:

Fisher College of Business was recently honored as the Educational Partner of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). Members of the NBMBAA, that meet The Ohio State University admission requirements, can take advantage of this partnership through exclusive scholarships. Complete a NBMBAA scholarship application to be considered. NBMBAA Scholarships >

HBCU Scholarship (value: $50,000) - In order to be considered for the HBCU scholarship, you must have graduated from a Historically Black College or University. Learn more and apply for this scholarship >

NBMBAA Member-at-Large Scholarship (value: $50,000) - In order to be considered for the Member-at-Large Scholarship, you must have been a member of NBMBAA for at least one year. . Learn more and apply for this scholarship >

OSU Alumni Scholarship (value: $50,000) - In order to be considered for the OSU Alumni Scholarship, you must have graduated from The Ohio State University. Learn more and apply for this scholarship.

Military Veteran Scholarship (value: $50,000) - In order to be considered for the Military Veteran Scholarship, applicants must have been honorably discharged, and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school. The award is available to all veterans.Learn more and apply for this scholarship >

Ohio State Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Inclusion ConnectOhio State values diversity in people and ideas. Take a deeper dive into the vast array of opportunities available at The Ohio State University and Fisher College of Business. Let's work together to make graduate school a possibility for you.

Connect with our DE&I office about opportunities

Connect with a Graduate Ambassador (MBA student)

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Diversity: Fisher + The Deloitte Foundataion

Deloitte Fisher CollaborationThe Deloitte Foundation, in collaboration with The Ohio State University, has created a need-based scholarship fund to support diverse students at the university’s Max M. Fisher College of Business. The funds will provide $150,000 in scholarships over a three-year period to select students who are enrolled in Project THRIVE or the MAcc program – and who have expressed interest in pursuing a career in professional services – to complete the fifth year of education required to become a CPA. Learn more about this opportunity.


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