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High School students can be Buckeyes this summer

Application open for Ohio State’s new on-campus Buckeye Precollege

Applications are open for The Ohio State University’s new Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes. Open to current 9th, 10th and 11th graders who will be at least 15 by the start of the program, Buckeye Precollege offers students the opportunity to participate in an academic program designed to give them a taste of college life and prepare them for the road ahead.

Applicants selected to participate in Buckeye Precollege enroll in a single, intensive course during their two-week stay on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The institutes’ deep-dive courses are custom designed and taught by Ohio State’s faculty and staff.

Participants will investigate solving real-world challenges through hands-on, project-based learning while experiencing college-level coursework firsthand and gaining the academic skills needed to become successful, independent learners. Institute offerings are rigorous not-for-credit courses, allowing participants the freedom to explore new topics and challenge themselves academically without worrying about grades. Participants will also attend daily workshops offering inside advice on the college admissions process, college-level study skills, career planning and more.

“The Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes will enable high school students to learn more about Ohio State, benefit from our outstanding faculty and instructors, and consider Ohio State as a destination for college,” said Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam. “Through these programs, participants will discover potential career paths, gain college-level academic skills and engage with thought-provoking, real-world challenges and ideas that can impact our world.”

Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes will offer two sessions, each lasting two weeks: June 5-16 and June 19-30. The summer 2023 course offerings cover a range of topics, from philosophy to quantum mechanics, creative nonfiction writing to bioscience, and more. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process and placed in a course that best fits their interests and academic readiness.

High school students in grades 9, 10 and 11 at the time of application (spring 2023) and homeschooled students are eligible to apply.

All participants will experience an authentic taste of college life by living in an Ohio State residence hall and interacting with peers from across the United States. Participants enrolled in the same or similar courses will room nearby, creating a residential learning community and strengthening social connections.

Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students will serve dual roles as residential assistants and academic tutors. Organized social and recreational activities in the residence hall, on the Ohio State campus and around central Ohio will be offered on evenings and weekends.

Parents and students are invited to learn more about the Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes by attending an informational webinar on Jan. 9 or Jan. 18. All webinars are 60 minutes long and will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Application deadlines                                                                       

  • Early Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available, and applicants seeking need-based scholarships are encouraged to apply early, as funds will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Visit the Buckeye Precollege website to learn more, view a complete list of courses and apply online.

Contact the Buckeye Precollege team at precollege@osu.edu.

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