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About the OWL Program

Please note that the information below could change based on what COVID protocols are in place for August 2021. Details about the OWL program will be updated on this page as decisions are made.

Are you interested in being part of the excitement of Move-In , August 2021?  If so, you may want to consider becoming an OWL! Every year we recruit students to serve their fellow Buckeyes and build community.We encourage you to submit an application to serve as an OWL! The OWL program is a great way for students to become part of the OSU Family and get a jump start into Autumn Semester!

Applicant Requirements

* Must live on campus for 2021-2022 year to be eligible to be an OWL *

If you will be attending international student orientation, please be sure to sign up for the orientation dates that do not conflict with the OWL program. 

Dates of OWL Program (Dates to be finalized at a later date)

OWL Program Description/Purpose 

The Ohio State Welcome Leader program strives to provide a developmental and enriching early engagement experience through student connection, service to others, and embodying tradition and school spirit. At this time, the OWL program will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person aspects. More details will be shared on the OWL website as soon as possible.

Points of Pride: 

  • Cultivate your understanding of everyday leadership, including connecting and collaborating with others in a team environment.  
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and involvement opportunities 
  • Engage in an early engagement experience with fellow Buckeyes. 

What OWLs will be doing: 

The OWL program helps OWLs build a sense of community, familiarize themselves with campus, and prepare for the excitement of Move-In! Specific details on what OWLs will be doing during Move-In will be released once finalized.

How is the OWL Program organized?

The 2021 OWL Leadership & Planning Team includes the Leadership & Involvement Specialist for Residence Life, Leah Wheeler, and 2 Graduate Coordinators. They are responsible for the recruitment, planning, and implementation of the OWL Program. 

8 OWL Area Coordinator students are responsible for specific areas of campus, and help train and support the OWL-Coordinators. OWL-Coordinators serve as mentors to OWLs and are each assigned a “flock” (small group) of OWLs. The OWL Coordinators go through training on leadership development and how to do their job once OWLs arrive. This training includes learning about problem solving skills, how to communicate effectively, meaningful facilitation, guidelines for meeting with their flocks, and how to have difficult conversations. 

We have hundreds of OWLs assist with Move-In. OWLs participate in team building actviites with their flocks and go through training that prepares them to serve as a volunteer during Move-In, and leadership development sessions.

Throughout Move-In, the entire OWL Program reports to their assigned locations on campus for their assigned shift(s). 

OWL 2021 Responsibilities: To be determined once Move-in timeline is set

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The OWL application for summer 2021 is now OPEN

http://housing.osu.edu/secure/owl

** If you are an international student and do not have a U.S. number, just use 555-555-5555 as your phone number on the application**

For 2021, we will be selecting the first 600 eligible students who apply to be an OWL. We will announce on this website once we’ve hit capacity and the application link will then begin to serve as a waitlist. Historically, we have OWL applicants drop out of the program during the summer months and we will need alternates to fill those volunteer roles.

OWL acceptances will be sent out once we hit 600 applications (currently at ~470 apps). We will notify students on the waitlist if we’re able to accept them as an OWL by sending an email to their OSU email account.

For more information, please contact Leah Wheeler, Leadership & Involvement Specialist in Residence Life at wheeler.1110@osu.edu.

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