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PREFACE (Summer Bridge Program)


The Pre First-Year Academic and Career Engagement (PREFACE) Program is a multi-level program designed to develop our pre-first-year underrepresented minority students into high performing students who are confident, efficient, and results-driven engineers through a holistic approach towards academic and professional success in the engineering environment at The Ohio State University College of Engineering and beyond. More importantly, we want our PREFACE participants to learn life skills and pay it forward by becoming productive citizens. Currently, the program consists of five major components:

  • Selected participants must attend a four-week summer academic enrichment program in which participants attend classes in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering graphics, and English while living on campus,
  • Selected participants will live in our assigned engineering resident hall with other engineering students,
  • Selected participants will enroll in our fall seminar courses during their freshmen and sophomore year,
  • Selected participants will work closely with other DO&I units to assist with cover letters, internships, co-op jobs, undergraduate research, and graduate school opportunities, and
  • Selected participants will engage in our comprehensive mentoring program to network, work collaboratively, and impact retention efforts in the CoE and OSU community. 

Advantages as a PREFACE participant

It is imperative that our students understand and adjust to the academic rigor and pace of university level courses. There are many advantages for selected participants in the PREFACE program. One advantage is participants will have immediate access to a dedicated staff driven to assist them toward academic and career success in engineering. Another advantage is participants will learn essential tools to help excel and compete as they gain early entry into the OSU campus environment. Participants will jumpstart their relationships with faculty, administrators and staff, and other engineering students as they develop a strong network of support, to name a few.  

Selected participants will receive a $2,500 scholarship to cover their cost to participate in the summer bridge component. Parents and/or participants are responsible for transportation to and from OSU main campus.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017 or once all spaces have been filled

Summer Bridge Program Dates:

Move-in: Friday, June 16 - Move-out: Friday, July 14, 2017

PREFACE Testimonial  - Alumna Lindsay (Roberts) Smith, DDS