Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life



R-LEAD is a leadership based early arrival program for incoming residential first-year students at the Columbus-Main campus. R-LEAD is comprised of several programs that take place throughout the academic year. The goal of the program is to introduce first year residential students with a desire to develop their leadership skills to the numerous involvement opportunities provided by the Department of Residence Life. During this early arrival program, we target the personal growth and development of each participant through dialogue and structured activities.

We partner with the Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) Program to expand students' leadership skills and service to others. Students selected to participate in R-LEAD will be automatically be registered for the OWL program; no separate application is required. If accepted to R-LEAD, all participants are expected to participate in the OWL program and supplemental programs offered throughout the year.

DATES Monday, August 14 - Saturday, August 19, 2017 - - R-LEAD & OWL Program

PROGRAM FEE Students will be responsible for a $130.02 fee (21.67/night); includes early move-in, meals and workshops

# OF PARTICIPANTS Limited to 250 participants based on application submission and review.

Ohio State students at the start of a new semester.


Submit your application today!  During the online process, you will be asked to provide the name of a reference who can speak to your leadership potential and character.  

For more information, please contact Leah Wheeler, Program Coordinator for Leadership in Residence Life at