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 Get Involved Guide 2018-2019.

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.

Buck-I-SERV Board

The Buck-I-SERV 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 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. Advisory 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 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

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in December . Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Connor Jones at

Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB)

The Ohio Union Activities Board is comprised of 8 committees focusing on programming for The Ohio State University student-body throughout the academic year. All events are FREE for current OSU students at the Columbus campus through the Student Activity Fee. The mission of the Ohio Union Activities Board as the student programming organization at The Ohio State University is to provide diverse programs and events that are educationalentertaining, and thought-provoking for the students of the Columbus campus. OUAB strives to create a fun, accessible, and challenging environment for its members that empower each member to change and shape the lives of fellow students while strengthening their own leadership skills and fostering personal growth.

Applications for OUAB are currently closed and will open next Fall. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to 

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.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in December. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Alyssa Johnson at or Anna Wagner 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 for Ohio State 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 have closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Alyssa Ciango at

Student Leadership Advocates

Student Leadership Advocates (SLA) 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. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in December. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Andrea Davis at

Student Organization Success Coaches

Student Org Success Coaches is the newest cohort of student leaders providing direct support to our student organization community. Coaches are trained to consult with student orgs on a wide variety of topics including member development, operational efficiency, programming, leadership transitions, community-building and more. Coaches also support programming for student organizations including events in the KBK Center, roundtables, president training, and Buckeye Soup.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in December. Visit for more information.

Questions can be directed to Brooke Olson at