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Residential Learning Communities

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Residential learning communities provide groups of students with a common major, career or personal interest an opportunity to live with each other and get involved in shared interests that build lifelong friendships and promote academic success. Participants have access to exclusive opportunities that tie directly into their classroom learning, as well as dedicated staff members to support their success. Students who live in learning communities report feeling more connected to the university. Ohio State students have access to more than 17 residential learning communities on the Columbus campus.

Below is more information about two of the communities that are popular with our Agribusiness and Applied Economics (AAE) and Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) majors.

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Learning Community

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is dedicated to providing a unique and exciting opportunity for students interested in agriculture, natural or environmental resources majors. The CFAES Learning Community focuses on helping participants become successful CFAES students and future professionals through an approach which emphasizes practical experiences, mentorship, academic achievement and leadership development. This learning community is for students whose majors are in food, agricultural and/or environmental sciences and who seek to enhance their leadership, communication and teamwork skills. All CFAES learning community residents must live in Nosker House.


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SUSTAINS Learning Community

The Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society (SUSTAINS) Learning Community focuses on helping students explore and engage with sustainability topics and human interaction with environmental problems. Through discussion, service and hands-on learning, students who are members of this community will learn about best practices for sustainable living and have opportunities to explore how sustainability relates to their lives and the lives of others. All SUSTAINS learning community residents must live in Scott House.


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