Program Overview and Components
The Young Scholars Program (YSP) was founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Office of the President to increase diversity at The Ohio State University. Housed within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), YSP's mission is to improve pre-college preparation, retention, and degree completion among academically talented, low-income, first-generation students. The Young Scholars Program is an exceptional opportunity for students to advance their goal of pursuing a higher education.
UNDERGRADUATE SUCCESS PROGRAMS
YSP undergraduate programs are designed to assist Young Scholars with reaching their full potential and achieving their academic and career goals through personal, professional, and leadership development. Scholars begin with a Summer Bridge Experience followed by academic year programming including: holistic success coaching, peer mentoring, study skills enrichment, freshman seminar and leadership development courses, scholarship support services and post-baccalaureate preparation.
This three-week pre-collegiate program aids scholars with transitioning from high school to college. During the residential program, scholars engage in a series of personal, academic, and wellness workshops instructed by university faculty and staff. Summer Bridge Experience workshops include the Young Scholars Seminar, Financial Aid, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Rec Sports, Wellness and Post-Baccalaureate Preparation. The program's centerpiece is an Academic Core Curriculum including English, Math, Psychology, Economics, Statistics, Chemistry and Physics taught by Ohio State faculty and graduate students.
ASPs are academically successful undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who serve as peer mentors to first and second year students. ASPs meet with all first year scholars once per week during the academic year. They assist participants in making a successful transition from high school to college and in their matriculation toward upper-class status. They will identify and direct participants to key resources across campus. They will assist participants in their adjustment to Ohio State's competitive culture and environment.
Full-time professional staff members provide holistic retention counseling to assist undergraduate scholars with their transition from high school to college andto ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to complete a bachelor's degree. Meetings focus on cognitive and non-cognitive factors impacting student retention including personal wellness, social adjustment and integration, financial aid, student relationships and family support, student safety, time management, and major application, exploration, and degree attainment. Success Coaches monitor student academic progress and work with Scholars to ensure their personal and career goals directly align with their academic strengths.
The autumn semester Young Scholars Program Freshman Seminar, entitled Education Studies: Counselor Education (ESCE) 2273, is designed to assist Scholars with gaining a greater sense of self-identity, self-efficacy, and personal responsibility. Scholars will improve their self-management skills, and Scholars will deepen their understanding and development of interdependence. The course incorporates a series of workshops, discussions, and classroom activities that focus on student identity and goal development, study and academic success strategies, and healthy relationships.
The grades and academic progress of all Young Scholars are monitored each term the students are enrolled to ensure each student is meeting or exceeding grade requirements and making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.
ODI offers free tutoring in core subjects for first year students, including Math and English as well as supplemental instruction in courses.
These seminars cover a set of cohesive and progressive topics to help students deepen their knowledge of learning strategies, motivation and goal setting, as well as career and professional development.
This new program focuses on the professional and career development of undergraduate junior and senior Young Scholars by connecting them with successful OSU and YSP alumni. Scholars are matched with a mentor, who they meet with monthly. The program is guided by curriculum that focuses on career exploration, life skills and leadership development, and the promotion of scholarly behaviors both inside and outside the classroom.