Pre-Collegiate

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes students' academic growth and potential by providing pre-collegiate programs that allow students to experience the challenge of college-level academics and to prepare them for future success.

LASER (Latinx American Space for Enrichment and Research)
To expand the presence of Latinos in higher education, LASER provides mentors who serve as academic role models and bridge builders between Latinos in high school and Ohio State and LASER partnership campuses, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan University. Mentors focus on guiding high school students through the college application process, including intensive exam preparation, guidance in writing the entrance essay, and other aspects.

Upward Bound
The Upward Bound Program is part of the federal TRiO programs, which are educational opportunity outreach programs. Upward Bound includes outreach and support programs that serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars Program (YSP) improves college access, retention, and bachelor’s degree completion among academically talented, low-income, first-generation students from the nine largest urban public school districts in Ohio. Serving 1,000 participants a year, YSP provides a pathway from 8th grade to graduation from Ohio State through high-quality programming, advising and mentoring and a generous four-year scholarship. Admission to YSP is competitive, and students must complete an application process.