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John Glenn Civic Leadership Community

The John Glenn Civic Leadership Community is a living-learning community for all students who aspire to make a difference in the world and have an interest in public policy, politics, civic engagement, leadership and service

The John Glenn Civic Leadership Community seeks to cultivate the essentials of our democracy: citizens, leaders and ideas.

The five central pillars of this living-learning community are community, service, advocacy, leadership, and policy. Students in the community study a wide variety of academic majors but are united by a shared interest in public service and civic engagement. Participation in the program helps students turn their passion into policy and prepares them to be the next generation of public leaders.

Academic Cluster

First-year students in the John Glenn Civic Leadership Community take two public affairs courses together for a total of four credit hours:

​​​​​​​Within these classes, students will explore public affairs as a discipline, examine how different institutions impact public policies, learn about different career opportunities in relevant fields, and discover how to turn their passion into policy. They also engage in public policy, civic engagement and leadership discussions with faculty and practicing professionals.


First-year students, regardless of one’s intended major, who aspire to make a difference in the world and have an interest in public policy, politics, civic engagement, leadership and service.

A group of students with similar academic, career and personal interests who live on a residence hall floor and take coursework together. Through exciting partnerships with a variety of campus units, faculty and staff, students have exclusive access to transformational activities that tie directly into their academic, professional and personal success at Ohio State.

In 2020, the US News and World Report recognized The Ohio State University’s living-learning communities as an outstanding initiative that leads to student success. Recent survey findings indicate that students who participate in a Learning Community at Ohio State:

  • Have given more thought to their career goals after graduation.
  • Have significantly higher GPAs.
  • Develop stronger study skills and are better able to balance their academics and personal lives.
  • Are better connected to the wealth of campus resources available at Ohio State.
  • Are surrounded by others with an increased commitment to succeed academically.

Applications for the John Glenn Civic Leadership Community are open for a limited time to incoming first-year students. Please visit University Housing for application details, specific deadlines and more information. Students can apply for the Learning Community prior to accepting admission to Ohio State.

For more information on this program, contact:

For questions related to housing and living-learning community logistics, please contact Shannon Mullally.

Shannon Mullally, First Year Residential Experience Specialist
Office of Student Life Housing and Residence Education
614-688-0924 /