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.


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 2018-19 Guide to Learning Communities, check out our blog or explore specific learning community websites below.

Please complete the Learning Community Application which is due April 16, 2018. We will not accept applications received after April 16, 2018.

A Note for Current Students

Current OSU students (those who will be sophomores for the 2018-2019 school year) interested in joining or returning to a Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than January 26, 2018. 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 OSU e-mail 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. 

Change of campus students must also contact Housing Assignments no later than January 26, 2018 at 614-292-8266 or to ensure they are included in the reselection process and eligible for a Learning Community.

Learning Communities at Ohio State:

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

SUSTAINS Learning Community

Visual and Performing Arts Learning Community

Women in Engineering Learning Community 

Additional Living Environments

  • Academic-Year  (If you want to remain living in a residence hall between autumn and spring semester and over spring break, request this option.)  There is an additional charge of $125 per year, and preference is given to international and out-of-state students. Includes Bradley, Drackett, German House, Houck, Houston, Jones, Lawrence, Mendoza, Morrill, Morrison, Neil, Norton, Paterson, Penn Place, Raney, Residence on 10th, Scott, Siebert and Worthington.
  • Cooperative Scholarship Housing
    • Alumnae Scholarship HousingThe Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH) program has offered a unique, cooperative-living and low-cost housing option for undergraduate women at The Ohio State University for more than 75 years.  As part of the William H. Hall Student Residential Complex, ASH aims to connect students with a variety of resources on campus while promoting individual growth and development. ASH women engage in regular community-based initiatives that foster cooperative spirit and have regular interactions with ASH alumni.  The program consists of 49 women and is housed in Fechko, Hanley and Pomerene houses.
    • Stadium Scholarship ProgramThe Stadium Scholarship Program (SSP) is part of the William H. Hall Student Residential Complex, housed in Scholars East and Scholars West. SSP, originally housed in the west side of Ohio Stadium, serves as a premiere cooperative living program at The Ohio State University for 96 students. SSP has provided housing scholarships for students who demonstrate both strong academic achievement and financial need for over 80 years. Students participating in the program engage in a variety of activities designed to foster their leadership development. SSP students also participate in several service projects throughout the year and have consistent interactions with SSP alumni.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing Gender Inclusive Housing is available for continuing groups of undergraduate and graduate residents in the Gateway apartment style living area. This option meets the needs of all of our continuing residents, inclusive of all sexes, genders, gender identities and expressions. It means that for continuing residents, women, men, and people of all gender identities and expressions can live together.

    Transgender students are valued members of the on-campus living community at Ohio State. New, first year incoming students are encouraged to contact the Director of Housing Administration before arriving to Ohio State. In meeting the needs of the incoming student, Student Life University Housing will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing.

    Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. In order to provide support for the needs of current and incoming transgender students, University Housing strongly encourages potential and current residents to contact the Director of Housing Administration, Toni Greenslade-Smith, early in the housing request process so that we may offer the widest range of possible housing options. Students can do this by emailing

  • Honors Housing Honors Housing works collaboratively with the Hon­ors & Scholars to create a holistic “Honors experience.”  Students, through active involvement, are encouraged to develop lead­ership, social and cultural skills to complement the learning objectives of their Honors curriculum. Honors housing is available in Bradley, Lincoln and Taylor.
  • Recovery House Beginning in the fall, Pennsylvania Place will become the Recovery House at Penn Place.  The Recovery House provides a mainstream college living experience where students in recovery from addiction can live and learn together.  For more information or to complete an application, visit or e-mail
  • Substance-Free (For students who agree to abstain completely from the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco both on and off campus.  This is a special living community that promotes the development of a healthy lifestyle.)

Residential Initiatives

  • Allies for Diversity Includes enrichment and awareness activities, discussions, programming and possibly travel opportunities designed to expand and broaden your education on issues of social justice. With other committed students, you will be strongly encouraged to investigate your own identity and what it means to be a contributing member of a diverse campus community.
  • MUNDO (Multicultural Understanding through Non-Traditional Discovery Opportunities) An organization that allows students to learn how to make a positive difference in the world around them.  Sharing of new ideas, perspectives and viewpoints are encouraged through educational road trips, movie nights, cultural events, study abroad, faculty interaction, volunteer opportunities and current issues discussions.  MUNDO is for all students interested in meeting, engaging and learning with others through community-based service, experiential "hands-on" learning and multicultural leadership.