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Buckeye Commuter Connection 
The Buckeye Commuter Connection provides an opportunity for first-year commuter students to connect with the Ohio State and Columbus communities. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a network with current student leaders and student organizations, and connect with campus and community resources for future leadership opportunities. Participants will build upon their familiarity with Columbus by participating in unique service opportunities as well as a behind-the-scenes look into some of Columbus’ most visited community spaces through informal excursions and on-campus activities. The cost of the program includes transportation and meals during program activities.

August 13-15, 2018
$45 fee (scholarships are available to cover a portion of the fee)
Apply online by June 30


Leadership Collaborative
The First Year Leadership Collaborative is a four-day leadership development conference for 80 first-year emerging leaders. Participants explore leadership by engaging with current Ohio State students and staff members. Through intentional programming and breakout sessions throughout the Leadership Collaborative, participants in the First Year Leadership Collaborative are equipped to make an immediate impact as informal peer leaders in the first-year class. The cost of the conference includes all conference materials and activities, lodging at a suite-style hotel for the duration of the conference, all meals for the week, a conference t-shirt, and trips from the conference site to Ohio State’s campus and various locations in Columbus during the week. Conference accommodations provided at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Worthington, OH.

August 14-17, 2018
$250 fee (scholarships are available to cover a portion of the fee for qualified students; no separate application is required)
Apply online by May 13 


Residential Leadership Program (R-LEAD)
Live, learn and lead right in your residential community! R-LEAD is a leadership-based early arrival program for incoming first-year students who will be living on the Columbus campus. Throughout the program, participants will explore their Values In Action character strengths and the ways in which they can use those strengths in everyday leadership. This early arrival program targets personal growth and development of each participant through dialogue and structured activities. Students selected to participate in R-LEAD will be automatically be registered for the OWL program and participate in early move-in.

August 12-18, 2018
Capacity: 150 participants
$127 fee (scholarships are available to cover a portion of the fee)
Apply online by June 15