Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

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The Office of Student Life: Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

The Office of Student Life consists of more than 40 departments, all dedicated to creating the extraordinary student experience for every Ohio State Buckeye. Our foundational understanding that every student has a unique background and set of needs informs every program and service offered by our departments.

We support students on their paths to success by helping them live healthy, fulfilling lives throughout their time at Ohio State, inside and outside the classroom. Student Life provides many of the programs and services that influence the daily lives of Buckeyes, including dining, housing, health and wellness, diversity and inclusivity, counseling and many more.

Our departments and the programs within them foster student learning and development, enhance the educational experience and prepare students for citizenship in a diverse global society.

View a complete list of Student Life Departments.

Student Life Facts and Figures

Our People:

The Office of Student Life employs more than 6,500 individuals, including:

  • More than 5,500 part-time student employees
  • More than 700 administrative and professional staff
  • More than 300 bargaining unit staff (housekeeping, food service, maintenance)
  • More than 100 Civil Service staff
  • 75 Graduate Assistants

Our Facilities:

The Student Life footprint across Ohio State's campuses covers 6.2 million square feet and includes:

  • 36 residence halls and 5 houses on the Columbus Campus
  • Nine off-campus housing units in Columbus
  • Three graduate residence halls
  • Three housing complexes on the Wooster, Newark and Mansfield campuses
  • More than 30 food service locations on Columbus, Newark, Mansfield, and Wooster campuses.
  • Eight health, wellness, and student success facilities on the Columbus campus
    • Adventure Recreation Center
    • Jesse Owens Recreation Centers North, South, and West
    • North Recreation Center
    • Recreation and Physical Activity Center
    • Wilce Student Health Center
    • Younkin Success Center
  • More than 90 acres of outdoor recreation space on and around the Columbus campus
  • One of the area's most comprehensive event centers, the Ohio Union