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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Undergraduate programs are committed to serving the needs of ODI Scholars and students from underrepresented groups while cultivating a shared environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in diversity. Our programs focus on retention, community building, and academic success.


Young Scholars Program (YSP) connects multiple levels of education and enhances the academic, career, and personal development of its Scholars, serving as a stepping stone for success at Ohio State and beyond. Programming includes a Summer Bridge Program, peer mentoring, and the YSP College Success Program.

Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) rewards academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service activities and are eager to serve as student ambassadors and champions of academic excellence and diversity. World-class students, Morrill Scholars are rich in racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity and bring a host of life experiences that have shaped their valuable and unique perspectives and contributions and are given world-class opportunities.

Academic Support

The ODI Campus Change Program was established to help underrepresented regional campus and transfer students make a seamless transition to the Columbus Campus, paving the way not only to the Columbus Campus but also to a baccalaureate degree and post-baccalaureate success.

Through mentoring, career exploration, and internship opportunities, and other services, the Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program (Tri-P) assists in preparing students for an appropriate post-baccalaureate option graduate school, professional school or direct entry into the workforce.

ODI offers Tutoring and Study Skills to ODI Scholars on the Columbus campus with resources that include peer tutoring, test banks, study skills coaching, and more.

  • ODI Scholars can access OnCourse to schedule an appointment with their advisors or submit appointment requests with ODI administrative staff and tutors.
  • A GPA Calculator is available to assist students in estimating their grade point average.

ACCESS Collaborative Program is an academic and social support program that assists low-income, single parent students pursuing a college education at Ohio State, and includes the College and High School Aspiring Mothers Partnership for Success (CHAMPS).

Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male nurtures a sense of community and connectedness among African American males, promoting their success in college and providing a culture of excellence at Ohio State. Signature programs include the Early Arrival Program, the Gathering of Men, and the Black Male Retreat.

LASER seeks to prepare Latinx students for admission to The Ohio State University, to succeed while in college, and to become professionals who will actively shape a better tomorrow for Latinx people everywhere.

LGBTQ Resources provides information for students, faculty, and staff whose experiences of gender and sexuality are marginalized within the university and local communities.

Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, considered one of the finest Black Cultural Centers in the country, develops and maintains supportive programs and activities for all Ohio State students and particularly African American students. Signature events include the MLK Celebration and the Thanksgiving Dinner. The Hale Center also houses one of the largest Black art collections in the United States. 

Latinx Student Success (LSS) team works to cultivate Latinx communities for academic, social, and professional support. The LSS team promotes full inclusion of Latinx students and seeks to raise the visibility of Latinx groups on campus. Through high impact programs and collaborations, the LSS team is here to serve students, staff, and faculty of the Ohio State Latinx community.

The Ohio LSAMP Alliance works to double the number of bachelor’s degrees completed in STEM fields at partner institutions within five years through comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable strategies for strengthening the nation’s STEM talent pool. Alliance-wide activities and programming include a biennial conference, cyber-enabled sharing of courses and workshops, bridge/early arrival programs, faculty and peer mentoring, and undergraduate research.

Additional Opportunities

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of its mission to facilitate international learning opportunities for Ohio State undergraduate students, provides financial support through its Education Abroad Scholarships.

The Corporate and ODI Scholar Symposium presents ODI Scholars with a unique opportunity to network and mingle with role models who are now in successful careers. The symposium also offers ODI’s corporate partners the opportunity to meet ODI scholars.

Community Outreach

ODI also presents other events and speakers, such as the President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series, the National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning, and ODI’s Dialogue and Discussion Series, which offer undergraduate students further opportunities to become involved outside of the classroom.