Learning Communities

SUSTAINS Learning Community

OSU Residence Hall:  Scott House, 160 W. Woodruff Avenue

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.

 

Learning Community Highlights:

  • Opportunity to be involved with sustainability initiatives on campus, as well as service opportunities in the community.
  • Engagement with faculty on research projects and learning opportunities, including sustainability education, community development, and social equity.
  • Site visits to green business locations for tours and discussion with faculty.
  • Participation in Columbus-wide service days (Earth Week) and campus activities for Earth Day.
  • Early arrival programming, including an introduction to the learning community by SUSTAINS faculty and staff.
  • Professional Development trip (Past trip: Baltimore and DC) over the fall break

Academic Component:

How To Apply (New Students):

  • Students interested in being a member of the SUSTAINS Learning Community must complete the Learning Community Application by the priority April deadline (link to form can be found on the Learning Community's housing page).
  • On your contract, please make sure you select Scott House as your requested place of residence. Housing Contracts are sent to your OSU email account beginning in March based upon your paid acceptance to the University.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than the May housing deadline in order to ensure your space in a learning community. 
  • Please note learning community participants are required to live in the residence hall specific to their learning community.

How to Apply (Current Students):

  • Current OSU students (those who will be sophomores or upperclassmen interested in joining or returning to the SUSTAINS Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application by the February deadline (link to form can be found on the Learning Community's housing page).
  • On your contract, please make sure you select Scott House as your requested place of residence

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Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Learning Community

OSU Residence Hall: Norton House

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is dedicated to providing a unique and exciting opportunity for students interested in agriculture, natural or environmental resources majors.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 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.

Learning Community Highlights:

  • Weekly advising hours in Norton House
  • Regular opportunities to engage with faculty and staff members through weekly dinners, faculty mentor program and in-hall event
  • Participation in service-learning initiatives
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills

How To Apply (New Students):

  • Students must have a declared major of: FAES or ENR (Environment & Natural Resources) or FABE (Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering).
  • Students interested in being a member of the Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Learning Community must complete the Learning Community Application by the May deadline (link to form can be found on the Learning Community's housing page).
  • Housing Contracts are sent to your OSU email account based upon your paid acceptance to the University beginning in March.
  • Please make sure your contract and space reservation fee are received no later than the May deadline in order to ensure your space in a learning community.
  • On your contract, please make sure you select Norton House as your requested place of residence.
  • Please note learning community participants are required to live in the residence hall specific to their learning community.

How to Apply (Current Students):

  • Current OSU Students (those who will be sophomores or upperclassmen for the 2014-2015 school year) interested in joining or returning to the Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Learning Community should complete the Learning Community Application (link to form can be found on the Learning Community's housing page).
  • Housing Contracts for returning students will be sent to your OSU e-mail account in January. Please submit your contract and space reservations fees by the February deadline to ensure proper placement within the Learning Community. On your contract, please make sure you select Norton House as your requested place of residence.

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