Fall 2022

Important Dates

• Dates will be published February 2022 

The Bridge Program is Completely Free!

Empowering Students to Thrive

Ohio Wesleyan University's Bridge Program  is a three-week, credit-bearing residential experience program designed to equip 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 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:

  • Will start fall 2021 with academic credit hours
  • Trip -- allows a theory-to-practice application (last 2 cohorts traveled to Flint, Michigan for 3 days to engage in the Flint water crisis)
  • 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!

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 SBP, please contact the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at jltimpson@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