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LSAMP STEM Bridge Program
The LSAMP STEM Bridge Program is a three-week residential program that provides participants with a strong foundation for later earning STEM degrees. Through academic preparation, social integration and professional development, this program helps prepare students to be successful in their classes, their extracurriculars and their career. Students participate in course work, laboratories, workshop and field trips, as well as social, personal and leadership development activities. The LSAMP STEM Bridge Program is a component of programming supported by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program to increase underrepresented minority degrees in STEM.

July 29 - August 14
$150 fee
Apply online by May 15

Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars Program (YSP) 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 program includes a three-week Summer Bridge Program, holistic success coaching, peer mentoring, study skills enrichment, scholarship services and post-baccalaureate preparation.

August 11-14
No program fee; this program is only available for incoming freshmen receiving the Young Scholars Scholarship.
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Buckeyes First
Designed just for first-generation* first-year students, Buckeyes First blends challenging activities with exciting experiences on campus and within Columbus. You’ll become more familiar with the campus and community and connect with faculty, staff, peer leaders and other first-generation students. As you learn from one another and share your stories, you'll engage in fun activities that will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first year.

*Ohio State considers a first-generation college student to be a student from a family where neither parent earned a four-year bachelor’s degree.

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August 11-14
$50 fee (scholarships available)
Apply online by June 20 

Fisher F.I.R.S.T.
The Fisher Focusing on Inclusion and Readiness for a Successful Transition program (Fisher F.I.R.S.T.) is a year-long program that provides underrepresented and first-generation students admitted into 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 F.I.R.S.T. program begins when first-year participants arrive early on campus and continues until commencement.

Students accepted to the Fisher F.I.R.S.T. program also participate in the Fisher Early Arrival Program. Visit the Fisher F.I.R.S.T. website or contact Mathilda Tuuli at or 614-247-1502 for more information.

August 11-16
Capacity: 25
Apply online by June 15

BNRC Early Arrival Program
The Bell National Resource Center (BNRC) 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. Activities include workshops, faculty presentations and student panels. Students who attended this program in the past have found it to be instrumental in their successful transition from high school to college and integration into the Ohio State community.

August 14-16, 2019
No program fee
Register online by May 31

Latinx Early Arrival Program
The Latinx Early Arrival Program (LEAP) 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 within Ohio State and 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 equips them with the mentors, connections and support they need for academic and personal success in the first year.

Contact Indra Leyva at or Lauren Lopez at for more information.

August 13-16, 2019, 2018
No program fee
Apply online by July 12

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.

Visit or contact the Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office at for more information.

August 14-16
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