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LSAMP STEM Early Engagement Program
The LSAMP STEM Early Arrival Program is a five-day program that introduces incoming underrepresented minority students to opportunities in The Ohio State University STEM Community. Through academic preparation, social integration and professional development, this program helps prepare students to be successful in their classes, their extracurriculars and their career. The LSAMP STEM Early Engagement Program is a component of programming supported by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program to increase underrepresented minority degrees in STEM. If you are accepted into the LSAMP program, you will be expected to participate in the early engagement program and yearlong programming activities. To learn more about the Ohio LSAMP Alliance, visit our website.

August 15-20, 2021
No program fee
Apply online by April 15


YSP Early Arrival Program
The Young Scholars Program provides comprehensive collegiate support services for students funded by the Young Scholars scholarship. Our undergraduate student success services are designed to assist Young Scholars reach their full potential and achieve their academic and career goals through personal, professional and leadership development. The early arrival program includes a three-week Summer Bridge Program, holistic success coaching, peer mentoring, study skills enrichment, scholarship services and post-baccalaureate preparation.

This program is available only to incoming freshmen receiving the Young Scholars Program scholarship.

August 16-21
No program fee
Contact thomas.1667@osu.edu or henderson.409@osu.edu with questions


Buckeyes First Summer Virtual Experience
Designed just for first-year first-generation students, the Buckeyes First Summer Virtual Experience blends challenging activities with exciting experiences that provide valuable insight to support your success as you transition into the Buckeye community. Through our summer workshops and peer-led sessions, you’ll become more familiar with campus resources and support services while connecting with faculty, staff, peer leaders and other first-generation students. You'll also learn more about the Buckeyes First Scholars Program, an extension of this summer program that provides additional support for first-generation students throughout their collegiate experience.

Visit u.osu.edu/buckeyesfirst for more information.

August 2-4
Apply online
Contact morgan.675@osu.edu or thomas.2139@osu.edu with questions


Fisher FIRST
The Fisher Focusing on Inclusion and Readiness for a Successful Transition program is a year-long program that provides underrepresented and first-generation students admitted to the Fisher College of Business a head start. The program allows participants to engage with a diverse student community, develop stronger relationships with the campus community and emerge as leaders on campus and beyond. The Fisher FIRST. program begins when first-year participants arrive early on campus and continues until commencement.

August 19-21
No program fee
Capacity: 50
Apply online by June 1 
Contact pennyman.4@osu.edu with questions


BNRC Early Arrival Program
The Bell National Resource Center Early Arrival Program provides incoming black males a head start as undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. During the program, students learn about strategies and resources for academic success while developing professional and leadership skills. In addition, students are introduced to faculty, staff, students and alumni who are eager to assist in their success at Ohio State.

August 18-20
No program fee
Register online by June 21
Contact thomas.921@osu.edu with questions


MESA: Early Arrival Program
The MESA: Early Arrival Program is a four-day program for incoming Latinx students. Through community, departmental and faculty partnerships, students have the opportunity to network with the Latinx community both at Ohio State and in the Columbus area. Participants will be paired with an upper-level peer mentor to support their journey throughout the first year. The program is intended to help students begin to find a sense of belonging at Ohio State and equip them with the mentors, connections and support they need for academic and personal success in the first year.

August 18-21 
No program fee
Apply online
Contact bustamante.40@osu.edu with questions


Fisher Early Arrival Program
Open to direct admit students, the Fisher Early Arrival Program is a valuable opportunity to gain important knowledge and build an early connection as you begin your Fisher journey this fall. Meet other direct admit students, experience life at Fisher and learn tips for success prior to the start of autumn semester. Selected students have the opportunity to participate in workshops and activities led by Fisher student leaders, staff and alumni. The workshops will focus on Fisher culture, leadership development and Fisher involvement opportunities.

August 18-21
Apply online by June 15
Contact waller.46@osu.edu with questions


Morrill Scholars Early Arrival Program
The Morrill Scholars Early Arrival Program is designed to help Morrill Scholars who aren't from Columbus acclimate to life on Ohio State's campus and in the city. Students will have the opportunity to meet other Morrill Scholars and students involved with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion programs as well as other ODI staff members.

This program is available only to incoming first-year students receiving the Morrill Scholarship. 

August 17-20
No program fee
Apply online by May 31
Contact cochran.431@osu.edu or gilmore.286@osu.edu with questions


Polaris Undergraduate Residential Summer Access Program
The Undergraduate Residential Summer Access Program is a two-week summer residential program that introduces students to Ohio State's campus (its physics and astronomy facilities, in particular) and faciliates discussion among particapants and graduate students on the nature of science, dealing with common first-year problems, and diversity and equity in STEM fields. Students will complete a scientific group project using the skills they develop throughout the program. On the weekends, URSA facilitators will lead social and team-building activities.

August 7-21
No program fee
Apply online
Contact osupolaris@osu.edu with questions


MEP PREFACE
The Pre First-year Academic and Career Engagement program is a three-week summer residential program that introduces students to the rigor and pace of Ohio State's engineering program through applied engineering mathematics, chemistry, engineering problem solving, and technical writing classes. Through industry partners, the PREFACE program also introduces students to various engineering fields and connections to internship, co-op jobs and undergraduate research opportunities. And most importantly, this program helps engineering students begin building their community at Ohio State, which is vital to their success.

Visit engineering.osu.edu/preface-summer-bridge for more information.

July 6-23
No program fee
Apply online by April 30
Contact parker.86@osu.edu with questions


EXPLC Early Arrival Program
This program for students accepted to the Exploration Learning Community will help participants develop strong connections to campus, the Exploration advising team and their peers. Participants will familiarize themselves with tools and resources that can help them succeed and meet their Peer Guide. Peer Guides are current students who provide peer leadership and guidance to participants throughout the program and the academic year.

August 19-21
No program fee
Contact badejo.7@osu.edu or elliot.302@osu.edu or balogh.60@osu.edu with questions


PASS Early Arrival Program
This program is for students accepted to the Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service, a selective first-year academic learning community for Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of diversity.

August 19-21
Contact anderson.2777@osu.edu with questions