Student Life Strategic Plan

Achieving the Extraordinary: Student Life's Strategic Plan

The Office of Student Life consists of many departments, all dedicated to advancing our students’ and staff’s ability to learn, engage and thrive. Student Life believes that every student has a unique background and set of needs that drives each program and service we offer. We work with students to support them on their path to success during their time at Ohio State, inside and outside the classroom.

Our many departments provide programs and services that impact the daily lives of students. We support every Buckeye, undergraduate, graduate and professional, meeting them where they are at and connecting them with their fellow students and offerings like housing, dining, health and well-being services, belonging and inclusion programming and more.

Together, we empower our students to believe that the extraordinary is possible. We work alongside students to create the iconic Ohio State experience, fostering learning and development, enhancing the educational experience, preparing them for citizenship in a diverse global society and making impacts across campus and around the world.


To be the premier student affairs division in the country; student- and staff-centered with cross-cutting experiential learning and a dedication to facilitating an environment that is inclusive, supportive and welcoming.


The Office of Student Life fosters students’ development, learning, well-being and sense of belonging; empowers students to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals; and prepares students to be engaged in a global society.


Appreciation, Connection, Support, Care


Engage. Learn. Thrive.


As a premier student affairs division, The Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life values and fosters a campus culture that affirms the dignity of every student and staff member and their unique backgrounds, identities and experiences. Our work is grounded in the  cultivation of personal and professional skills that nurture a sense of belonging, grow empathy and compassion for others, and contribute to positive social change. We are steadfastly committed to advancing the university’s Shared Values throughout our operations and interactions:

  • Excellence and Impact
  • Diversity and Innovation
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Care and Compassion
  • Integrity and Respect