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What is the Retention Initiative for Student Excellence Program?

Welcome to RISE!  Your gateway to a successful transition from high school to OSU. Beyond academics, we're here to tackle social and financial challenges. RISE is your dedicated support system, championing underrepresented, underserved, and marginalized students. Together, let's thrive at OSU!


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What do the students do?

Get ready, RISE Scholars! Engage in activities that build robust study habits and a strong work ethic. Our dedicated staff and mentors are here to support you with academic and social challenges throughout the year. Aim high – our goal is for every RISE student to finish their first year at OSU with a stellar 3.2 GPA or higher!


Program Services:

RISE will provide students with:

  • Monthly empowering workshops
  • Regular check-ins to keep you on track
  • Tranquil study spaces for focused learning
  • Community service adventures
  • Opportunity to tap into key campus resources
  • Experience diverse cultural events
  • Access to scholarship opportunities
  • Fun and engaging activities!

How to apply?


The application for 2023-2024 is closed.


The applications for 2024-2025 will open in February 2024.




Need a helping hand with your application or prefer a paper version? Reach out to us via email at We're here to make the process smooth for you!

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