Bridges to Success

several steel bridges spanning a river

Each year the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) offers Summer Bridge and Early Arrival programs that provide academic preparation, individualized academic advising, and the personal attention of ODI staff.  Students also have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network, and to familiarize themselves with the campus and its resources. In conjunction with continued program support throughout a student’s academic career, Bridge programs have been found to greatly increase the college readiness gap that can exist for incoming first-generation students and those from underrepresented communities. Here are our many transition programs, tailored to support the culturally and economically diverse students of The Ohio State University.

2014 Early Arrival Program student in group shot


Bell National Resource Center Early Arrival Program: Designed to give incoming African American males a jump on becoming Buckeyes and their college experience, the BNRC’s Early Arrival Program helps students transition from high school to college. To facilitate the transition, students along with their parents, arrive on campus the weekend before classes commenced to attend workshops and met Ohio State faculty and staff who are ready to assist them in any way. Read more.

Campus Change students listen to orientation


Campus Change: Coming to Ohio State’s Columbus campus from one of its regional campuses or another university or college can be a considerable change. The Campus Change Program works with an annual cohort of 60 underrepresented transfer students to make a seamless transition to Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Once on the Columbus Campus, students receive various support services such as retention counseling, peer mentoring, and leadership development. Read more.

ACCESS participants and their children


C.H.A.M.P.S.: The College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success (CHAMPS) project creates a structured college preparatory experience for Columbus area middle and high school girls who are pregnant or parenting. The high school students are mentored and led by matriculating female single parent students in the ACCESS Collaborative Program at The Ohio State University. Read more.

 LASER students smiling for the camera

LASER:  The Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) provides mentors for Latino high school students with a focus on guiding them through the college application process at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, more than 200 Ohio State undergraduates are mentoring 80 Latino students in area high schools. Read more.

 LSAMP Bridge participants in a lab

LSAMP STEM Bridge Program: LSAMP's Bridge Program is an integral component of LSAMP programming nationwide because it uses the strategies of academic integration, social integration, and disciplinary socialization and has proven to be successful in student retention. Through the support and collaboration of academic and support units, this important and effective program serves our underrepresented minority students and assures their success in STEM. Read more.

MSP Distinction Scholars listen to speaker before Autumn 2014 classes start


MSP Scholars Early Arrival Program: For several days before the start of Autumn classes, Morrill Scholars are given the chance to meet and connect with each other. The three-day program, which also offers joint social activities with the Bell Center Early Arrival Program participants, helps the Morrill Scholars transition from high school to college. Read more.

Upward Bound studnets listen to lecture


Upward Bound Summer Program: Every summer the Ohio State Upward Bound program offers a six week, in-depth holistic program for its students from Columbus City High School. The Upward Bound summer bridge program offers students the ability to collaborate with like-minded, driven students and immerse themselves in the campus lifestyle while giving them advanced preparation for the upcoming school year. Read more.

YSP Scholars listen to speaker


Young Scholars Campus Success Program: In addition to a three-week Summer Bridge Program prior to arriving on the Columbus campus, Young Scholars receive assistance and guidance throughout their senior year with peer mentoring, community development, and holistic success coaching. This year’s cohort of Young Scholars took classes in math, English, and psychology enrichment during the Summer Bridge Experience. Read more.