Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Sophomore Learning & Involvement Community

  • Sophomore Learning and Involvement Community
    Sophomore Learning and Involvement Community
  • SLIC students on a group trip.
    SLIC students on a group trip.
  • SLIC students after visiting an Escape Room.
    SLIC students after visiting an Escape Room.
  • SLIC students participating in a True Colors workshop.
    SLIC students participating in a True Colors workshop.


The Sophomore Learning & Involvement Community (SLIC) is an opportunity for second-year students (including campus change students) to connect to their peers, Ohio State, and Columbus through leadership development, self-reflection, and career preparation. Through dialogue with others and self-reflection, members of SLIC gain a better understanding of their passions and interests. Students will also participate in skill-building workshops that prepare them to successfully navigate off-campus living and future job searches.

Students within this learning community have diverse academic interests, and will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff from a variety of fields and specializations. This LC is a community of all second-year students. No previous LC experience is necessary. 

“Through programs put on in SLIC I have been able to learn skills that will surely help me in the future while having fun and getting to know more about my friends. Thanks to SLIC I have gotten involved with things I never thought I would have an opportunity to do. If students are looking for a way to get involved in the community, explore what OSU has to offer, and learn more about themselves I highly recommend they consider joining SLIC.” –Andrea Bush                                                                                         

Learning Community Highlights

SLIC prides itself on creating a unique experience each year, based upon the cohort’s interests and needs. Some highlights from previous years include:

  • Collaborating with a team to successfully solve challenges at the Room Escape Adventures Columbus while exploring personal strengths.
  • Participating in a Buck-I-SERV trip to Immokalee, Florida over winter break to engage with service-learning.
  • Painting with Clay Café after completing the True Colors personality inventory.
  • Traveling to Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio to learn more about how to incorporate your passions into everyday work.
  • Sampling “Columbus cuisine” and learning more about local businesses at events.
  • Engaging in dialogue around a variety of topics such as moving off-campus, internship opportunities and implicit bias.

SLIC Requirements

  • Attend the SLIC Retreat.
  • Attend three SLIC events during the fall semester (not including the SLIC Welcome or Retreat) and attend at least four SLIC events during spring semester.
  • Engage in at least one service event per semester, either through SLIC or other opportunities at Ohio State.
  • Be fully present at SLIC events, remain open to new ideas and support other members of SLIC.

How to Apply (Current Students)

  • Current OSU students who will be be in their second year during the 2018-2019 school year and are interested in joining the Sophomore Learning and Involvement 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 a specific room type.  You must submit your reselection form by the University Housing deadline in order to participate.  Your housing reselection information will arrive at your OSU e-mail account at a later date. 
  • 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.
  • Change of campus students should apply through this (the current student) application and 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 Learning Community participation.

Note: The Sophomore Learning and Involvement Community (SLIC) is not the same as the Sophomore Transformational Experience Program (STEP). As a second-year student, you are able to participate in Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) and SLIC. These two programs feature complimentary components that support your success as a second-year student. For more information about the STEP program, please check out:

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