Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

  • LCs provide both outside the classroom learning opportunities and fun. LCs provide both outside the classroom learning opportunities and fun.

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Learning Communities

A Learning Community is a group of students who live together on a residence hall floor with common major, career and/or personal interests. Through partnerships with a variety of academic departments, faculty and staff, students have exclusive access to activities that tie directly into their academic success at Ohio State.

Each Learning Community is unique in the goals and events offered, but all have:

  • Direct connection to the classroom experience
  • Intentional events and opportunities for participants
  • Dedicated staff members to ensure the success of the students within the community

According to a recent survey of residence hall students, those who live in Learning Communities were more likely to indicate:

  • Thinking about career goals and life after graduation
  • Exploring new learning experiences (study abroad, service, research, internships, etc.)
  • Feeling connected to Ohio State
  • Learning about academic resources
  • Talking about things learned in class within their residence hall

Hear more about what our students and partners say about being in a Learning Community:

For more information, please look at our 2021-2022 Guide to Learning Communities or explore specific learning community websites below.

New to Ohio State?

Please complete the Learning Community Application which is due April 15, 2021 for incoming first-year students.

A Note for Current Students (Including Regional Campus Students changing to Columbus)

Current Ohio State students (those who will be sophomores for the 2021-2022 school year) interested in joining or returning to a Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February, 1 2021. Completing this application does not guarantee housing in an Ohio State Residence Hall or specific room type. You must submit your reselection form by the University Housing deadline in order to renew for housing at Ohio State's Columbus Campus. Your housing reselection information will arrive at your Ohio State email account at a later date. All students in learning communities are required to reside in a space within the learning community and with other Learning Community participants. 

Returning students are eligible to apply to all Learning Communities except Business Honors, Exploration, First Year Collegian and Global Business, as these communities are exclusively for first-year students.

Change of campus students must also contact Housing Assignments no later than February 10, 2021 at 614-292-8266 or housing@osu.edu to ensure they are included in the reselection process and eligible for a Learning Community.

Learning Communities at Ohio State:

Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH)

Business Honors Learning Community

Engineering House Learning Community

Exploration Learning Community

First Year Collegian Learning Community

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Learning Community

Future Health Professionals Learning Community

Global Business Learning Community

International House Learning Community

John Glenn Civic Leadership Community

Kellogg-Moser Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community

Morrill Scholars Program Learning Community

Nursing and Wellness Innovations Learning Community

Pharmacy House Learning Community

Sophomore Learning and Involvement Community

Stadium Scholarship Housing (SSP)

SUSTAINS Learning Community

Visual and Performing Arts Learning Community