Welcome to the OWU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs!

Empowering Students to Thrive

The Bridge Program at Ohio Wesleyan University is a free, three-week residential experience program with academic credit that aims to provide first-year students the skills needed to thrive at OWU. Students will take part in a learning experience that is intended to improve their ability to think critically, quantitatively, and qualitatively while also providing them with access to resources across the institution. The program is open to all incoming first-year students with a focus on first-generation students, students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and any other historically underserved populations. 

Benefits of the Bridge Program:

  • Students start fall semester with academic credit hours
  • Required Trip -- allows a theory-to-practice application - 2023 cohort will travel to Kentucky
  • Attend 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!

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Bridge 2023

Required Important Dates

  • Bridge Program Move-In: Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • Bridge Program Trip (Required)*: Monday, August 1, 2023
  • Bridge Program Last Day of Class: Tuesday, August 15, 2023
  • Bridge Program Closing Ceremony & Move into fall assignment: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
  • Camp OWU: August 18-19, 2023
  • First Day of Classes: Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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

The Bridge Program is Completely Free!

The Division of Student Success & Engagement provides comprehensive coverage for housing, food, and social activities. Students and families are only expected to pay for personal items and transportation to campus.

Housing & Meals

Under the guidance of junior and senior peer mentors, students will share a residence hall and enjoy an authentic OWU experience. As a participant, you will also have the chance to enter your permanent residence hall before first-year students often do. Throughout the program, all meals are provided.


Please email the Summer Bridge Program Staff at omsa@owu.edu if you have any questions regarding the program.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


Hamilton-Williams Campus Center #225
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3135
E omsa@owu.edu