Ways to Get Involved

Beacon Student Portal

Beacon is a comprehensive student portal where currently enrolled students can view personalized curriculum plans, find out information on program compliance status. Beacon also posts updates from College of Nursing related to academic deadline, special events and leadership opportunities. Beacon can be accessed via the web browser at https://beacon.nursing.osu.edu or via iOS devices by downloading the app at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ohio-state-nursing-beacon/id1544751412.

To log into Beacon, please use your OSU username and password. Note: username format is “name.#” only; do not include the “@osu.edu”.


The Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion is excited to provide text message updates to students! This service will allow us to provide you with important updates and information in a timely manner through text messages sent 2-3 times per month. Text message updates will be sent on topics related to: academic deadline for graduate students; compliance information; special events; and student involvement opportunities. You can opt in to this service at any time and customize the notifications you receive related to each topic. Standard messaging rates will apply. To sign up for these notifications, log into the Student Portal and click the “CONText” logo.

You can update your message preferences or opt out of the the text services at any time by logging into the portal and accessing the CONText section of the Beacon student portal.


Bern emphasizes the importance of LIVE WELL in her communications. The LIVE WELL award is meant to recognize the impact students are making in the lives of others.  We encourage the entire CON community to nominate an outstanding student who exemplifies the components of LIVE WELL. Please visit the CON website for more information.

“The Beat” Student Newsletter

All students are automatically added to receive The Beat, our College of Nursing student newsletter. Starting in autumn semester, you will receive this every Friday during the school year and once a month over the summer. We will share important dates/deadlines, upcoming events, employment opportunities and more. If you are interested in more information about The Beat, please visit our blog.

Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassadors are leaders and role models within the College of Nursing that exemplify the values and mission of the College: To dream, discover, and deliver a healthier world. They are outgoing individuals excited to share their experiences and to promote our programs, both undergraduate and graduate. Ambassadors volunteer their time at programing throughout the school year as a representative of the current student body and talk with prospective nursing students and their families, College alumni, prospective donors, and industry partners. Applications to become an Ambassador open at the start of every Autumn semester. Please email Doug Hettich.3@osu.edu if you have any questions about the program.