Access to Education

We believe college can be a reality for everyone, no matter your income or background. It's a matter of finding good information, the right people to help and planning wisely.

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Lead & Serve with Economic Access 
All OSU students are encouraged to apply for the following opportunities to get involved with college access outreach and first generation student success! Email with questions.

Spring Break Service Trips: College Access in Appalachian Ohio
Each year, students travel to the Appalachian region of Ohio to serve K-12 students and learn about the challenges and assets of the community. 
Trip Dates: Sunday, March 9-Friday, March 14
Trip Cost: This trip is sponsored by the OSU Economic Access Initiative at no cost so that all interested students may apply regardless of their ability to pay. A $100 deposit is required and will be refunded after the trip.
Application: (look for the "College Access in Appalachian Ohio" trips)
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 26 by 11:59 p.m.



2014 Buckeye Leadership Connection: Apply to be a student leader
The Buckeye Leadership Connection (BLC) is a 3-day conference held in June for incoming first year students to acquire tools for the college transition, student leadership, workforce development, and academic success. The primary focus is for students to build social capital, utilize their own strengths within a team, and network in a professional setting.
Position Descriptions: Peer Mentor: click here. Advance Team (A-Team): click here.
Conference Dates: June 25-28, 2014
Application Deadline: Monday, January 27 by 11:59 p.m.

Featured Student Organizations

Buckeyes for AppalachiaBuckeyes for Appalachia

Ohio's Appalachian region is a diverse and unique region which has historically faced severe economic challenges. Many students from Appalachia are first-generation college students, and many are from small, rural communities. Students who are first-generation college students often face additional challenges adjusting to college life, as family does not share "what to expect" at college. This group will provide opportunities to have fun while give back to Appalachian communities through several means, including inspiring Appalachian middle and high school students to take the steps necessary to reach higher education. This group will also combat the negative stereotypes that exist about Appalachian communities by fun and effective outreach to the campus community. Students who are not from Appalachia but would like to participate are also welcome!  Email Vonna Page at for more information.


1stgenlogoFirst Generation Students at Ohio State

As first generation college students, we strive to make the transition for high school students to college a smooth and informed experience. We will provide opportunities for our members to make their futures successful and therefore raise the retention for first generation students at The Ohio State University.
Students who are not first generation but are interested in the organization are also welcome to join!
Please email for more information.