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Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL)

Ohio State Welcome Leaders (OWLs) are an essential part of the move-in process at The Ohio State University.  Every year we recruit hundreds of OWLs to move-in early and prepare their residence halls and build community.  This is an exclusive opportunity to interact with other student leaders and welcome outstanding students to campus.

Are you interested in being part of the excitement of Move In Day 2018?  If so, you may want to consider becoming an OWL!  We encourage you to submit an application if you do not already have plans to return to campus for another early arrival program.  The OWL program is a great way for students to become part of the OSU Family and get a jump start into Autumn Semester!

Why should you become an OWL?

  • Meet new people
  • Move in before your roommates
  • Build lasting relationships
  • Free T-Shirt!

What you’ll be doing:  OWLs will arrive to campus on the Wednesday prior to move-in so they can participate in activities the two days prior to move-in.  Thursday and Friday will consist of events that will allow OWLs to build a sense of community, familiarize themselves with campus, and prepare for the excitement of Move In Day!  On Saturday, OWLs will greet students and families and help to transport student belongings into residence halls.

The OWL application is available to any 2017 or 2018 High School Graduate student who will live on campus at the Columbus campus for the 2018-2019 academic year.   For questions please contact us at

The deadline to apply to be an OWL for 2018 was June 30, 2018.