Office of Student Life: Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience


About R-LEAD Program

During this early arrival program, we target the personal growth and development of each participant through dialogue and structured activities.  We partner with the Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) Program to expand students' leadership skills and service to others. Students selected to participate in R-LEAD will be automatically be registered for the OWL program; no separate application is required. If accepted to R-LEAD, all participants are expected to participate in the OWL program and supplemental programs offered throughout the year.

Dates (may be subject to change)

Monday, August 13th - Saturday, August 18th

Program Fee

Students will be responsible for a fee of $127; includes early move-in, online payment fee, meals and workshops.

# of Participants

Limited to 150 participants based on application submission and review.

The goal of R-LEAD

The goal of R-LEAD is to provide a head start for up and coming campus leaders. The R-LEAD Program provides opportunities for first-year students to interact with peer mentors and familiarize themselves with campus before schools starts. Throughout the three-day program, participants will explore their Values In Action (VIA) character strengths and how they can utilize their strengths in their everyday leadership. Program sessions will focus on Residence Life's four Core Values (community, wellness, inclusion, and learning) and emphasize how students will lead their legacy at Ohio State.  

R-LEAD is based off of key components of the program: 

  • Residential - Leadership   Engagement   Advocacy   Development  

R-LEAD Points of Pride

  • Identify ways to get involved on campus and learn about campus resources. 

  • Reflect on your values, strengths, and how you will lead your legacy at Ohio State. 

  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and involvement opportunities 

  • Engage in an early arrival experience.


*Applicants must be incoming first-year students.

Apply to R-LEAD here:

For more information, please contact Leah Wheeler, Program Coordinator for Involvement and Leadership in Residence Life at