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.



Program Fee

Students will be responsible for a fee (exact amount TBD); includes early move-in, meals and workshops.

# of Participants

Limited to 140 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. As first year students, living in a residence hall is a unique opportunity to create positive change while making friendships that will truly last a lifetime. We hope to see you leading your peers in your residence halls and on campus in a variety of capacities. Many of these opportunities will be available through Involved Living Organizations. Just like those before you, it is our hope that you, too, can become and engaging leader and advocate, which will further develop yourself and contribute to developing our Buckeye community!


Submit your application ;today!  During the online process, you will be asked to provide the name of a reference who can speak to your leadership potential and character.  

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