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There are over 1,400 student organizations at Ohio State and over half of all students join a student organization. Students who choose to get involved achieve many positive outcomes - leadership skills, better grades, friendships and mentors, and make a big campus seem small. Use the tools below to search for, find, and get involved with student organizations.

You can also connect with many of our student organizations at our Student Involvement Fairs in August and January. Check out the Student Involvement Fairs webpage for the latest information.

For individualized assistance find the student organization that's right for you, schedule a Get Involved Consultation. These 30-minute meetings will provide a personalized list of recommendations based on your interests and aspirations.

Since spring 2020, many student organizations have been operating virutally or have otherwise significantly adapted their operations. Please contact the listed leaders and/or advisor for details about how best to connect with that organization.

Please consult this list of student organizations with revoked registration as of August 2021. Some organizations continue to operate after their registration has been revoked despite the action taken by the university. We encourage you to review an organization’s status before becoming involved with it, especially because sometimes an organization’s status is revoked due to serious concerns like hazing and other behavior that risks your health and safety.

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Peers Advancing Literacy in Students at The Ohio State University logo

Peers Advancing Literacy in Students at The Ohio State University

Campus: Columbus
Status: Active - Established
Purpose Statement: The mission of Pen PALS is to alleviate the challenges faced in the Columbus City School District through literacy and mentorship, while educating college students about these issues. Pen PALS aims to improve the writing skills of elementary school students by providing a personal connection to an Ohio State student via a pen pal relationship and face to face meetings, which ultimately teach young students about the value of a college education. Mentors will also have the opportunity to attend seminars that discuss the problems their pen pals might face in his or her daily life.
Primary Leader: Madison Hart
Secondary Leader: Emma McElderry
Treasurer Leader: Emily Stoneman
Advisor: Kristie Sigler
Organization Email: PenPalsOSU@gmail.com
Facebook Group Page: https://www.instagram.com/osupenpals/?hl=en
Website: http://org.osu.edu/osupenpals/
Primary Type: Community Service/Service Learning
Secondary Types: Awareness/Activism
Media, Journalism, and Creative Writing
Special Interest
Primary Make Up: Undergraduate
Constitution: 2021_04_11_09_06_57_5915.docx 
Meeting Time and Place: Once every other week
154 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
Columbus, OH 43210
Office Location: 1739 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
Membership Type: Open Membership
Membership Contact: PenPalsOSU@gmail.com
Time of Year for New Membership: Early Fall
How does a Prospective Member Apply: Prospective members can apply during the involvement fair and other fall semester recruiting events, or email PenPalsOSU@gmail.com for more information. If there is an open space, you will be placed with a Pen Pal as soon as they become available. If there is not an open spot, you will be placed on the wait list until a new student moves into the school, a mentor drops the program, or the following school year begins.
Charge Dues: Yes