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 in Immokalee, Florida.
    SLIC students in Immokalee, Florida.
  • SLIC students on a Buck-I-Serve trip.
    SLIC students on a Buck-I-Serve trip.
  • SLIC students in an LC meeting.
    SLIC students in an LC meeting.


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 successful 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:

  • Serving a holiday meal at STAR House, a drop-in center for homeless youth
  • Engaging in conversations about The Last Lecture, SLIC’s common read
  • Participating in a Buck-I-SERV trip to Immokalee, Florida over winter break
  • 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 meetings
SLIC Requirements
  • Enroll in a SLIC course during Fall 2017 or participate in a SLIC Retreat reflective of SLIC's mission: leadership development, self-reflection and career preparation.
  • Actively engage with the community via participation in at least three SLIC events per semester in addition to the SLIC Welcome and Orientation
How to Apply (Current Students)
  • Current OSU students (those who will be sophomores for the 2017-2018 school year) interested in joining or returning to the Sophomore Learning and Involvement Community should complete the Learning Community Application no later than February 1, 2017. 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 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 February 1, 2017 at 614-292-8266 or to ensure they are included in the reselection process and eligible for a Learning Community.

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 For more information about the STEP program, please check out:

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