Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Exploration Learning Community

  • Exploration Learning Community
    Exploration Learning Community
  • Exploration LC students at dinner.
    Exploration LC students at dinner.
  • Exploration LC student.
    Exploration LC student.


The Exploration Learning Community connects students who are interested in exploring themselves, The Ohio State University and Columbus. As students work to solidify a major and explore possible career paths, it is important that students understand their strengths, values and identities while also understanding the society in which they live. Within the Exploration Learning Community there are several opportunities for this discovery to occur.

This program supports first-year students within the University Exploration program and first-year students who want to explore options and develop plans to meet their academic, personal and career aspirations.

Mission: Exploring Self. Exploring Campus. Exploring Columbus.

 Learning Community Highlights

  • Weekly in-hall academic advising with a University Exploration advisor, including an introduction to campus resources that support in- and out-of-classroom skill building.
  • Conversations with faculty members from various disciplines to discuss different career paths and tips for academic success.
  • Discussions about personal strengths using leadership assessment surveys.
  • Service within the Columbus community and exploration of the arts and local business districts.

How to Apply (New Students)

  • Students interested in being a member of the Exploration Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application by April 15, 2019. No late applications will be accepted. You do not have to wait until you are accepted to Ohio State and/or receive your housing contract to apply. 
  • Housing Contracts are sent to your OSU email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than May 31, 2019 in order to ensure your eligibility to participate in a Learning Community. 
  • On your contract, please make sure you select North Campus as your requested area of residence.
  • Please note that all students in Learning Communities are required to reside in a space within the Learning Community and live with other Learning Community participants. Learning Community students may only request roommates accepted into the same LC.

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