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Buckeyes First

Buckeyes First

August 2–4 (virtual)
70 Participants
No program fee
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Designed just for first-year, first-generation students, the virtual Buckeyes First program blends challenging activities with exciting experiences to help you familiarize yourself with Ohio State and the Buckeye community as you get to know other first-generation students.

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Note: 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.

Program highlights:

  • Plan to reach your goals through success coaching with Buckeyes First staff.
  • Meet other first-generation students and start building your campus support network.
  • Learn more about Ohio State and life as a first-generation student.

“Being a first-generation college student can prove to be a challenge at times. Sometimes your parents may not understand how rough college can be, or it may seem like you have to figure this all out on your own, but that is why Buckeyes First is so awesome! It shows that you are not alone in any of this, and that there are resources and people all across campus that are here to help first generation students handle finances and transition into life on campus.”

“The best friends that I have now I made through Buckeyes First. Knowing I already had a support group around me gave me confidence going into my first year.”

Shawn Knecht, 2016 Buckeyes First participant