Office of Student Life

Student Activities


There are thousands of opportunities to get involved at The Ohio State University!

From over 1,400 Student Organizations to over 80 immersion service trips available through Buck-I-SERV, students at The Ohio State University are involved, building community, giving back to society, and having fun. Students deliver over 10,000 hours of service through programs like Pay It Forward and the Non-Profit Immersion Program. The Ohio Union Activities Board offers over 300 events throughout the year and our Discount Ticket program, D-Tix, offers discounted tickets for sporting events, concerts, restaurants, movie theaters, and more – only for students!

Take a look at some of Ohio State's most popular involvement opportunities compiled in this 2021-2022 Get Involved Guide.

Within these opportunities there are also many leadership opportunities represented through Student Activities Leadership Cohorts. Our cohorts consist of students and offer unique opportunities to lead other students, plan large-scale events, and gain valuable leadership skills. Check out the listing of cohort opportunities below

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are closed. Check back in January 2023 for joining for the following academic year!

Buck-I-SERV Board | OSU Votes | Pay It Forward | Student Leadership Advocates | Student Organization Success Coaches

Buck-I-SERV Board

The Buck-I-SERV Board is composed of 15-20 undergraduate students who dedicate time to coordinate, plan, facilitate and execute all Buck-I-SERV Alternative Break trips and trainings. The Buck-I-SERV Board is composed of students who are passionate about service, travel, leadership, social justice, and event planning. The Buck-I-SERV Board contributes to the planning of over 80 Buck-I-SERV trips each year to different cities across the nation and the world working on a range of social issues. Board members meet weekly, on Tuesday evenings, throughout the entire academic year for training and planning. Specific responsibilities of the Buck-I-SERV Board include: setting up trip logistics, communicating with community organizations, connective to resources in Buck-I-SERV trip locations, mentoring trip leaders, and creating education training and development for participants.

Learn more about Buck-I-SERV at:

Follow Buck-I-SERV on social media

  • Twitter: @BuckISERV
  • Instagram: @BuckISERV

Questions can be directed to Rebecca Delo at

OSU Votes

The Office of Student Life’s OSU Votes is a student-led movement to register, educate and encourage other students to vote. This nonpartisan group fosters civic engagement at The Ohio State University. OSU Votes is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election. OSU Votes Ambassadors meet weekly on Tuesday evening to learn about civic engagement and social justice issues and plan civic engagement programs and initiatives.

Learn more about OSU Votes at:

Follow OSU Votes on social media

  • Twitter: @OSU_Votes
  • Instagram: @OSUVotes

Questions can be directed to Madison Yee at

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is a cohort made up of 26 student chairs who plan, coordinate, and lead service experiences throughout the city of Columbus for Ohio State students. The cohort is made up of 7 different committees which allows all members to contribute to the cohort’s mission, values, and goals. Pay It Forward provides Ohio State students with regular, easily-accessible service opportunities on campus and in the Columbus community by working with over 100 non-profit organizations and 3,000 volunteers each year. Working to help students pursue their passions within service, Pay It Forward educates and exposes students to avenues of civic engagement in a variety of areas. Fueled by hope and positivity, Pay It Forward allows students to match a personal cause to promote change within the community. Pay It Forward works directly with over 100 nonprofit organizations and 3,000 volunteers each year. If you’re interested in event planning, community service, and social justice joining the Pay It Forward cohort could be a great opportunity for you!

Learn more about Pay It Forward at:

Follow Pay It Forward on Social Media:

  • Twitter: @PayItForwardOSU
  • Instagram: @PayItForwardOSU

Questions can be directed to Hunter Jones at

Student Leadership Advocates

Student Leadership Advocates (SLA) is a peer leadership cohort supported by the Office of Student Life Student Activities. The role of SLA is to support the Ohio State community in leadership development, primarily through providing facilitation for leadership development workshops and retreats. SLA works with student leaders from across the university to support them as they develop as students and leaders.

SLAs take part in multiple years of experiential leadership education and training, while also providing Ohio State student organizations with facilitation services. As an SLA you will learn more about how you can become a stronger leader, while also helping others become stronger leaders. After becoming a certified SLA facilitator, you will be qualified to participate in leading any of the several workshops we offer that impact over 3,000 students a year.

Learn more about SLA at:

Questions can be directed to Brian Menard at

Student Org Success Coaches

Join the Success Coach Cohort of Student Activities and build a diverse tool belt supporting students on their involvement journey. With one of the largest student org communities in the country and the number one choice for involvement at Ohio State, Coaches fill the crucial need in providing support to students navigating their student org experience on campus.


  • Model peer leadership and network with many student leaders, forming strong connections across the university
  • Build a wide array of skills transferrable to a career, from individual consulting to large-scale event management
  • Empower student leaders to take action in strengthening their leadership and their organization
  • Represent Student Activities in providing experiences that contribute to the culture of involvement on Ohio State's campus
  • Support each other in problem-solving, navigating new situations, and caring about the success of our community.

Logistics and Expectations:

  • Cohort Meeting on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. for ongoing training and team-building
  • Two hours per week offered for appointments, self-selected between 9 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F
  • Support of the Student Involvement Fair each semester
  • Additional opportunities for leadership through one or more of our functional teams: Cohort Development, Community Relations, and Resource Support
  • Cohort requirements (meetings and appointments) do not occur over university breaks, summer semester, or during finals
  • Flexibility and trust regarding caseload management and academic/personal commitments
  • Multiple on-boarding meetings in March-April based on group availability

Learn more about the role and services of the Success Coaches at:

Questions can be directed to Brooke Olson at


Have questions generally about getting involved in Student Life? Please contact Anna Wagner (