Welcome to the OWU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs!

Empowering Students to Thrive

Ohio Wesleyan University's Bridge Program is a three-week, credit-bearing residential experience program designed to equip first-year students with the skills to thrive at OWU. Students will participate in a classroom experience designed to strengthen their quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking skills while gaining key insights and access to resources across the university. The program is open to all incoming first-year students with a focus on first-generation students, low-income students, students of color, and/or LGBTQIA+ students.

Benefits of the Bridge Program:

  • Students start fall 2022 with academic credit hours
  • Required Trip -- allows a theory-to-practice application - 2022 cohort will travel to Virginia
  • Attend student-led workshops geared to their academic success and personal development (examples: including self-awareness, time-management, communication, research methods, social justice, and healthy relationships)
  • Become familiar with campus resources and services
  • Connect with other students, faculty and staff
  • Develop successful time management skills
  • Celebrate the “Small Wins” throughout your first-year experience
  • Connection to the Delaware and Columbus, OH areas
  • Develop life-long friendship



The Bridge Program is Completely Free!

Click here for Ohio Wesleyan University Bridge Program - Summer 2022 Application

Bridge 2022

Required Important Dates

  • Bridge Program Move-In: Sunday, July 24, 2022
  • Bridge Program Trip (Required)*: Monday, August 8, 2022
  • Bridge Program Last Day of Class: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Move into fall assignment: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • Camp OWU: Friday, August 19 -20, 2022
  • First Day of Classes: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

*Bridge trip is required. Date subject to change within the program.

The Bridge Program is Completely Free!

Housing, meals, and social activities are completely covered by the Division of Student Success & Engagement. Students and families are only expected to pay for personal items and transportation to campus.

Housing & Meals

Students will live together in one of OWU's unique housing options and experience OWU life under the mentorship of junior & senior peer mentors. As a participant, you will also have the opportunity to move into your permanent residence hall earlier than the regular move-in date for first-year students. All meals are provided during the program.


If you have any questions about the Bridge Program, please contact the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@owu.edu. 

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


Hamilton-Williams Campus Center #206
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3135
E omsa@owu.edu