Opportunities for Freshmen
Ohio State offers several special opportunities to freshmen that assist in your success during your first collegiate year! These options allow you to be part of smaller communities on campus, meet and interact with faculty in small group settings and learn about special topics through unique experiences.
Exploration Living-Learning Community: First year students in EXP may choose to enhance their learning experience by taking their major exploration into their residence hall. Drackett Tower on North Campus houses the Exploration Learning Community where undecided students can live with others who are searching for a major. The residence hall staff provides programs that are designed to help students learn more about their academic options at Ohio State, figure out what careers can be matched with certain majors, and improve their chances of academic success. The learning community also offers weekly in-hall advising with one of EXP’s academic counseling staff. Students also may opt to take their university survey class with the students from their floor.
Freshman Seminars: Freshman Seminars are small, discussion based classes that connect freshmen with some of the university’s most distinguished faculty members. Students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members on topics related to their fields of academic interest and what it looks like for a faculty member to do academic research.
Scholars Groups: The Scholars Program at Ohio State provides co-curricular opportunities for students based on an area of interest. Students in EXP are welcome to apply to any of the Scholars Programs regardless of what majors they may be considering. Scholars students live together with other members of their Scholars Program and engage in a variety of co-curricular events, including short-term study abroad.
The Scholars Programs are only open to incoming freshmen. To apply, students should fill out the online Scholars application.