BNRC Early Arrival Program

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2024 Early Arrival Program | August 14-16

Undergraduate African American males who participate in the EAP learn about resources and strategies to help them to succeed in college and to develop strong leadership and professional skills. To further assist them with adjusting to the rigorous academic environment of Ohio State, EAP students attend workshops and presentations on priority management, development of peer and professional relationships, the importance of asking for help, and how to access and utilize resources.

Students also learn to manage challenges or misconceptions they may encounter and are encouraged to see the diversity within their peer group, expand their boundaries, and find the commonalities in other participants' experiences.

Learning from current students, EAP participants are given the tools, drive, resources, and support to immediately pursue and actively engage in achieving academic excellence and obtaining their future career goals. Their time at Ohio State begins with meaningful connections with other EAP students and with the knowledge of all the resources available through the BNRC, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the university.


"I liked the brotherhood that I felt was formed by this program among us young black men."

"Just being able to get other black male student's outlook on college life at OSU is helpful."

"I greatly appreciate the warm welcome and wise words offered by the men in this program."

Please contact the Bell National Resource Center at 614-292-8731 or Dan Thomas at for any questions or concerns.

Video: BNRC Early Arrival Program

Need accommodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please send an email to Dan Thomas at You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.