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RISE Program

What is the Retention Initiative for Student Excellence Program?


The Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) program within the Division of Institutional Diversity is designed to assist a select group of talented first year students transition from high school to OSU. The program primarily focuses on addressing academic issues that might challenge students. RISE is attentive to the variety of social and financial challenges that students often face in college. Overall, RISE is a supportive program for first-generation, low-income, LGBTQ+, and/or minority students.


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What do the students do?


RISE Scholars will participate in activities that will develop strong academic study habits and work ethic. The RISE Coordinator and mentors will assist participants with academic and social issues that arise throughout the academic year. Our goal is for all RISE students to end their first year of academic work at OSU with no less than a 3.2 grade point average. 


Program Services:

RISE will provide students with:

  • Monthly workshops
  • Monthly check-ins
  • Quiet study space
  • Community service opportunities
  • Connections to key resources on campus
  • Opportunities to attend cultural events
  • Academic visit to Phillips 66 headquarters
  • Access to various scholarship applications 
  • Social activities


How to apply?


The application for 2022-2023 is closed. 


The application for 2023-2024 will open on January 1, 2023.



If you would like assistance in completing your application, or to request a paper application, please call 405-744-4725 or email

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