Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

SUSTAINS Learning Community

  • SUSTAINS canoe trip
    SUSTAINS canoe trip
  • SUSTAINS at Invenergy
    SUSTAINS at Invenergy
  • SUSTAINS at OSU Mansfield Campus
    SUSTAINS at OSU Mansfield Campus
  • SUSTAINS in Boston
    SUSTAINS in Boston


 Learning Community Highlights

  • Arrival programming to build relationships with fellow SUSTAINS members, connect with SUSTAINS staff and participate in a service project.

  • Dinner and dialogue series with professionals working in the sustainability for corporations, nonprofit organizations and in Central Ohio communities.

  • Annual professional development trip which includes meeting with sustainability professionals involved in urban sustainable development, renewable energy, federal and/or state agency work, sustainable food systems, nonprofit management or corporate sustainablility.

  • Involvement in a Roots (second-year students) and Shoots (first-year students) mentoring program and opportunities for project-based learning work with Ohio State sustainability staff and faculty.

  • Opportunities to be involved with sustainability initiatives on campus, as well as service opportunities in the community.

Academic Component

  • Develop and implement a sustainability project on-campus with support from Ohio State faculty and staff
  • Seminar course taught in the fall semester by Sustainability Institute staff

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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