Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

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The Office of Student Life: Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

The more than 30 departments within the Office of Student Life are dedicated to helping students achieve success. Each student's needs and background are unique, and each department offers a variety of support and services to help them be successful.

Our programs and services foster student learning and development, enhance the educational experience, and prepare students for their chosen professions and to be contributing members of a diverse global society. Our offerings are backed by research and supported by data so that we can respond to and anticipate evolving student needs.

The Student Life staff is well-trained, and our initiatives are designed to help students transition into and through college and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and contribution. We provide opportunities that complement and enhance the academic curricula and help students overcome obstacles. We operate many of the programs and services of daily life, including on- and off-campus housing, dining, recreation, diversity, inclusion, and equity, student involvement and engagement, health care, counseling, career development, and multiple opportunities to develop leadership and citizenship skills and experiences.

View a complete list of Student Life Departments.

Student Life Facts and Figures


More than 6,000 employees, including:

  • 356 bargaining unit staff (housekeeping, food service, maintenance)
  • 643 administrative and professional staff
  • 115 Civil Service staff
  • 75 Graduate Assistants
  • More than 5,000 part-time student employees

Annual budget:

$237 million


  • 34 Columbus campus residence halls
  • 12 off-campus housing units (Columbus)
  • 3 housing complexes on the Wooster, Newark, and Mansfield campuses
  • More than 25 food service locations on Columbus campus, plus operations on 3 regional campuses including Newark, Wooster, and Mansfield.
  • 7 Columbus campus health, wellness, and student success facilities: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC); Adventure Recreation Center (ARC); Jesse Owens Recreation Centers North, South, and West; Wilce Student Health Center; and Younkin Success Center
  • 6 Columbus campus event centers: the Ohio Union, the Jerome Schottenstein Center, the Blackwell Inn, Royer Student Activity Center, the Fawcett Center, and the Drake Performance and Event Center
  • 6.2 million total square feet