OUAB members put on a range of events during the course of the year. Credit: Courtesy of OUAB

The Ohio Union Activities Board is a student-run programming board that plans events for Ohio State students. Its mission is to provide diverse programs and events that are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking.

Here are the top 10 things to know about this student-run organization that will play a big part in the next four years of your campus experience.

All of their events are free

Thanks to the Student Activity Fee, you never have to pay to attend any of their events. All you have to do is show your BuckID.

They have on-campus events occurring almost every week

Whether it’s a comedian, a lecture, a free Wednesday night movie or karaoke night, OUAB is always looking for ways to keep students busy.

Follow their social media accounts to stay up to date on event releases

Following OUAB on Twitter, for example, is one simple move that can give you access to knowledge on upcoming shows and guest speakers before your friends do.

You can score free stuff whenever you see them on campus

In the past, the organization has given out Nalgene water bottles, portable bluetooth speakers, lanyards, portable chargers and much more to students.

Get the chance to see your favorite celebrity

OUAB has hosted events that have brought people like Zedd, Rupi Kaur, Leslie Odom Jr, Hasan Minhaj, Stephen A. Smith, Abby Wambach, the MythBusters, Ke$ha and Pete Souza just to name a few.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke to students at an event hosted by OUAB on March 30 at the Ohio Union. Credit: Courtesy of OUAB

Look out for opportunities to participate in their events

OUAB has karaoke, live music and open mic nights and special interactive events like the Farmer’s Market, Winter Wonderland and escape rooms.

It’s easy to join and become a member

Even as a first-year Buckeye, if you have a desire or passion to want to help plan upcoming events, OUAB is always accepting new members, regardless of your major or class rank.

You get the opportunity to network

As a member, you can make connections with professionals, build your resume and meet many people from different industry backgrounds through OUAB.

The events begin as soon as you get to campus

Right when you get to campus, OUAB will have two big events: look out for its Movie on the South Oval and Welcome Back Concert, with musical guests to be announced soon.

And even though they have two big concerts a year, they can’t bring Beyonce

Every semester, OUAB throws two of the biggest concerts on campus, the Welcome Back Concert and the Big Spring concert, which in the past has brought acts like Amine, Young the Giant, Rae Sremmurd and Big Sean just to name a few.