Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences LC

  • Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences LC
    Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences LC
  • CFAES LC students bonding
    CFAES LC students bonding
  • CFAES LC seminar
    CFAES LC seminar


The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is dedicated to providing a unique and exciting opportunity for students interested in food, agricultural or environmental resources majors within the college. The Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Learning Community was the first Learning Community at Ohio State and still embraces those rich Ohio State traditions.

Students in the FAES Learning Community will learn the importance of the college’s core values (discovery, lifelong learning, science-based knowledge, academic freedom, civility, professionalism and diversity) and how they can integrate them into their college career and beyond. The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning Community focuses on helping participants become successful students and future professionals through an approach which emphasizes: practical experiences, mentorship, academic achievement and leadership development.

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning Community is for students whose majors are in food, agricultural and/or environmental sciences and who seek to enhance their leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

Learning Community Goals

  • Learn about teaching, research and outreach opportunities available during college and beyond
  • Enhance learning experiences by providing opportunities to learn from world-renowned faculty experts at Ohio State
  • Access to college academic advisor for easy help with scheduling
  • Gain leadership skills through College directed leadership events such as the CFAES Career Expo
  • Develop other soft skills, such as communication, problem solving, self-management, teamwork and professionalism in order to interact with peers, faculty, staff, community and industry representatives.

Learning Community Highlights

  • Interact with world-renowned faculty and staff on research and outreach opportunities.
  • Extent professional networks by interacting with industry represetnative who are CFAES alumni.
  • Off-campus trips to visit industry professionals.
  • Weekly advising hours in the residence hall.
  • Connections to on-campus professional staff to support their personal wellness and develop inclusive skills sets.
  • Ability to interact with ATI students through collaborative activities.

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Incoming First-Year Students

  • A submitted Learning Community Application is due by April 15, 2022. 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. 
  • Students will receive an update on their application status by April 29, 2022.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than May 27, 2022 in order to ensure your eligibility to participate in a Learning Community. Housing Contracts are sent to your Ohio State email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.

LC Application and Housing Due Dates for Current OSU Students

  • Current Ohio State students who will be be in their second year during the 2022-2023 school year and are interested in joining or returning to a learning community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February 11, 2022
  • Completing this application does not guarantee housing in an Ohio State Residence Hall or a specific room type. You must submit your reselection form by the Housing and Residence Education deadline in order to participate. Your housing reselection information will arrive at your OSU e-mail account at a later date. 
  • Students will receive an update on their LC application status by February 18, 2022.
  • Change of campus students must also contact Housing Assignments no later than February 11, 2022 at 614-292-8266 or to ensure they are included in the housing reselection process and eligible for Learning Community participation.

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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