Office of Student Life

Student Activities


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

From over 1,300 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 Get Involved Guide 2017-2018.

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.


Major Campus Events Committee

The Major Campus Events Committee is a cohort of 10-15 student chairs who apply and are selected to serve as the primary contact and as a large-scale event planner for some of Ohio State’s largest and most renown events, such as the Homecoming Parade, Commencement Week, Student Involvement Fairs, Welcome Week, and more. Students with experience in event planning or student interested in gaining experience are encouraged to apply! This cohort is open to all students. The students in this cohort build strong relationships with one another and have a great impact on this campus and have a large role in shaping these important University traditions. For more information, please visit

Applications for MCEC will be available in late autumn semester.

Questions can be directed  to Kimani Robinson at

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is a cohort made up of 20 student chairs who plan, coordinate, and lead service experiences throughout the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio for fellow students. 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!  Applications will be released December 2016. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Alyssa Johnson at


Buck-I-SERV Advisory Board

The Buck-I-SERV Advisory Board is composed of 15-20 undergraduate students who dedicate time to coordinate, plan, facilitatie and execute all Buck-I-SERV Alternative Break trips and trainings. The Advisory Board is composed of students who are passionate about service, travel, leadership, social justice, and event planning. The Buck-I-SERV Advisory 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. Advisory Board members meet weekly, on Tuesday evenings, throughout the entire academic year for training and planning. Specific responsibilities of the Buck-I-SERV Advisory Board include:

  • Setting-up trip logistics 
  • Communicating weekly with non-profits and community organizations 
  • Connecting to resources in Buck-I-SERV trip locations
  • Marketing and event planning
  • Creating educational training and development for participants
  • Exploring social justice issues
  • Mentoring trip leaders
  • Collecting feedback for program improvements

The Buck-I-SERV Advisory Board application process for the 2016-2017 academic year is already complete. We will begin hiring for the 2017-2018 Advisory Board in December 2016. Please look for our applications then! Visit for more information.

Questions about the application and Advisory Board position, can be directed to Rebecca Delo at


Student Leadership Advocates

Student Leadership Advocates is a group of Ohio State student leaders who work together to positively impact and empower student life at Ohio State. By facilitating workshops and retreats, this team aims to develop and enrich student organizations. SLA values empowerment, connectedness, growth, fun, inclusion and authenticity, and because of these values, SLA strives to encourage lasting change that enables student leaders to reach their full potential at a personal and organization level. Visit  for more information.

Visit to apply by September 18, 2016. 

Questions can be directed to Matt Van Jura at