Office of Student Life


Student Wellness Center ( 

The Student Wellness Center, within the Office of Student Life, provides services to currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students while supporting faculty and staff in their efforts to promote and support student wellness. 

BASICS, or Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, is a program offered for all Ohio State students who may want to explore their alcohol use. The goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol use. The program is designed to assist students in examining their own behavior in a judgment-free environment.   

Beyond Your Buzz (BYOB) is an opportunity for any students who have a desire to explore and make positive changes in their substance use. BYOB aims to engage students in authentic and open conversation around their substance use and its impact on their daily life. BYOB is goal oriented and provides space for students to test out making changes to their substance use to help everyone live the life they want to live.  

Partying smart is a set of resources all about staying safe while having fun. Whether you choose to drink or not, use the Party Smart tools and tips to keep you and your friends safe and healthy.  

ScreenU Alcohol can help you quickly identify if you are experiencing negative consequences because of your alcohol use. Based on your responses, you will receive non-judgmental feedback encouraging you to think about your choices that may be putting you at risk for harmful consequences. 

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is a welcoming and inclusive environment for students in or seeking recovery from substance misuse. It is a great resource for anyone considering stopping substance use entirely.  

The CRC offers a peer-run recovery meeting as well as SMART meetings. Students who are interested can drop into the meetings in person or virtually. Recovery meetings can also be found in the greater Columbus community and are listed on our meetings page.  

Counseling and Consultation Service (

The Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service provides individual and group mental health services, psychoeducational workshops and outreach programming to currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as spouses/partners of students who are covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan.

At times, you may worry about your student and want to know how to help them. While CCS is not able to share information outwardly, they are able to consult and support you with information and clarification about mental health resources at Ohio State, how to talk with your student and how to refer them to resources available. Although you are not able to schedule an appointment for your student, you are in a great place to encourage your student to reach out, and these resources are meant to help.

An open group for students who are looking to make changes to their substance use. These changes can be anywhere from simply trying to cut back frequency or amount all the way to total abstinence. The group will serve to provide a hybrid of psychoeducation on harm reduction practices, community resources and peer support. Interested individuals must schedule a phone screening prior to joining.

At times, students may benefit from a higher level of care such as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in order to address more chronic and acute symptoms and concerns. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Harding Hospital Department of Psychiatry offers programs specifically for young adult populations, ages 18-24 years old, to specifically address the unique presenting concerns of this age group and allow for peer support and interaction in a group format.