Getting to the Conference

Traveling by Car

Did you know 45% of our chapters are within driving distance of Columbus?! If you live within a few hours of the conference site, you may find driving more economical. Carpooling may be a great way to save time and money while making new Mortar Board friends! We encourage you to connect with other delegates and arrange carpools with those nearby. You can ask your Region Coordinator to put you in touch with other chapters in your region or email the National Office at for assistance.

Parking: Hotel Parking is $35 per night for overnight guests and $20 daily for commuters. Offsite Parking is available and options will be added soon. If parking presents a financial hardship for your chapter, please email

Rental cars: Don’t forget the car rental discounts offered as part of your Mortar Board membership!

Traveling by Air

The closest airport is the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). It is 8 miles from the conference hotel, which is about a 12-15 minute ride. 

Ridesharing pick-ups, such as Uber and Lyft are available. After reserving your ride, go to the Arrivals level (level 1 of the terminal), cross the Arrivals drive to the ground transportation area, and stand between the columns to the right.

Taxis are available on the ground transportation level. Call the airport’s Taxi Management team at 614.239.TAXI (8294) with questions.

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit provider for greater Columbus and Central Ohio. COTA’s Trip Planner tool is helpful to plan your trip to and from the terminal. You can also call their customer service hotline at 614.228.1776.

COTA also provides mainstream/paratransit services from origin to destination for people whose functional limitations prevent them from riding COTA’s fixed-route buses. Learn more about this service through COTA’s mainstream/paratransit webpage.

Travel Hardship

An official delegate who believes their chapter will face an undue hardship by paying for travel costs to the conference may request a travel stipend by completing this application. There is a limited number of stipends available, and no guarantee of support. Stipends are available for official delegates only, not additional collegiate participants. Some funding may be available for advisors to attend. 

Mortar Board considers applications on a first-come-first-served basis, so delegates should submit their applications as soon as possible with the priority deadline being June 1.

By accepting a stipend, a delegate agrees to use it wisely and in full. If the delegate does not attend the conference for any reason, delegates must return the stipend in its entirety to Mortar Board on or before August 8.

Apply for a Conference Support Grant here.