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National Student Advertising Competition

NSAC Team group photoUndergraduate students in the School of Media and Strategic Communications compete each year in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). NSAC is an exhilarating experience that invites passionate students from diverse backgrounds to step into the world of advertising and strategic communications. It's not just a competition; it's an immersive experience that challenges participants to push their limits, collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams, and transform their ideas into impactful campaigns.


The OSU team has achieved a remarkable record of success in the NSAC competitions, securing a series of prestigious accolades. Notable achievements include:

  • Second-place national title in 2017
  • Top spot at the district level in 2021
  • Second place in the district in both 2018 and 2019
  • Third place in the district in 2020

In addition, the team has garnered recognition for individual excellence, including:

  • Receiving the best presenter award in 2018 and 2020
  • Best creative award in 2019
  • Best copywriting award in 2021

Watch the video below to see the OSU student team in action.

What should students expect?


  • Real-World Application: NSAC takes you beyond textbooks and into the realm of practical application. Whether you are designing compelling visuals or formulating strategic marketing plans, you'll be an integral part of a live advertising campaign. This hands-on experience equips you with skills that are essential for success in today's dynamic industry.
  • Unleashing Your Creativity: NSAC is a canvas where your visual storytelling talents can shine. Imagine crafting captivating visuals that not only convey messages but also inspire action.
  • Collaboration and Networking: NSAC thrives on collaboration. Graphic designers team up with marketing strategists, and copywriters to create cohesive campaigns that merge creativity with strategy. This collaborative spirit not only enriches your skill set but also introduces you to a network of mentors, industry professionals, and potential employers.
  • Scholarship Opportunities: NSAC values dedication and excellence. American Advertising Federation (AAF) proudly offers scholarship awards of up to $7500 per recipient for outstanding contributions to the campaign. Your hard work and innovation won't just be recognized – they'll be rewarded in a meaningful way.

Are you ready to redefine the boundaries of advertising? Join OSU's NSAC team and embark on a journey of creativity, strategy and growth. Apply today and be part of a legacy of innovative thinkers who've transformed ideas into game-changing campaigns.


Apply to OSU's NSAC Team



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