College is more challenging than high school. And challenge is absolutely necessary for growth. But no matter how smart you are, all students naturally experience "growing pains" – in academics, socially and personally. That's when you reap the benefits of a university committed to your success.
As soon as you're admitted …
First Year Experience
FYE is nationally recognized for helping first-year students succeed. FYE's programs and its team of peer leaders – you'll meet them at University Orientation – help undergrads from all backgrounds develop the skills and connections required to meet challenges in and out of the classroom.
Don't just take our word for it. Talk to our most successful students and you will find that they have sought out and used the Ohio State support available to them. They will name these resources among the most valuable to their Ohio State experiences.
Disability Services provides services and programs to students with documented disabilities. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the office in the early stages of their college planning to learn about the many pre-admission services available.
Ohio State's summer schedule includes:
Early arrival and bridge programs, including programs designed specifically for incoming black men, women in engineering fields, and underrepresented minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors
Buckeyes First for first-generation college students (those from a family where neither parent earned a four-year bachelor's degree)
Wilderness Welcome for transfer students
Once you're on campus …
Academic support and tutoring
Adapting to college life can be challenging, and there may be subjects or study skills you struggle with. You aren’t alone, and staff at a variety of study centers (for writing, math, statistics and general academic skill building) are ready to empower you with new tools and knowledge.
Career exploration and preparation
Ohio State offers so many majors, so many amazing opportunities in and out of the classroom. How do you put it all together into a plan that brings out all you're capable of? At each step, you'll find professional advisors – staff and faculty – who help you plan your degree, connect with those life-changing opportunities, navigate the university, and prepare for a career or graduate school.
Counseling and wellness
Ohio State is home to a lot of very smart people, some of whom are dedicated to understanding the challenges and stresses college students face. That makes them smart and caring. That is to say, we're prepared to help you develop the skills you need to find balance in the nine dimensions of wellness: emotional, career, social, intellectual, spiritual, physical, financial, creative and environmental – while in college, and for the rest of your life.
Meet Dr. J. Javaune Adams-Gaston, PhD – or Dr. J, as students call her – leads Ohio State's Office of Student Life and is the student body's strongest advocate. Student Life runs many of the programs and services of daily life on campus. These include on- and off-campus housing, inclusion and equity, student involvement and engagement, health care, counseling and career development.