Buckeye Precollege Summer Exploration

Buckeye Precollege Summer Exploration

Buckeye Precollege is a Qualified Education Service Provider with the ACE Ohio program!

For more information on the ACE Ohio program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit https://education.ohio.gov/OhioACE. Accepted Summer Exploration participants who have unused ACE Ohio benefits for the current school year are eligible to be reimbursed for the program fee. To download the ACE Ohio program informational flyer, visit https://hubs.ly/Q01N99-f0


Buckeye Precollege Summer Exploration offers middle and high school students one-week intensive enrichment courses intended to introduce them to new areas of study or allow them to engage in content they may already have an interest in. In-person classes meet from 9am to 4pm each day, and are taught by Ohio State faculty and staff. Teaching is active and hands-on, and encourages participants to actively engage with the instructional team and their fellow participants. These courses are not for grade or credit, and are designed for self-motivated learners.  

Complete information about our Summer 2024 programs will be posted in December 2023, and our program application will open in January 2024. 

Program Dates

Summer Exploration will offer three, one-week sessions in Summer 2024:

  • June 3-7, 2024
  • June 10-14, 2024
  • June 24-28, 2024

Course listings for Summer Explorations 2024 will be posted in December 2023.

Application and Deadlines

The application for Summer Exploration 2024 will open in January 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and offers of admission will be sent within two weeks of submission. The application will close on April 1, 2024, or earlier if all seats are filled. 

Costs and Aid

The program fee for Summer Explorations 2024 will be posted in December 2023. 

Daily Schedule

While plans for each course may differ slightly, the daily schedule follows this general model:

  • Drop off 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Morning programming 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Travel to lunch 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch and break 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Travel back to class 1 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon programming 1:15 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Travel to pick-up location 3:45 - 4 p.m.
  • Pick up 4 - 4:30 p.m.

On the first day of the program, participants will check-in for the first time with program staff, and be provided a program t-shirt and lanyard. At 8:45am, staff will bring participants to a brief orientation session that will explain the daily schedule and introduce the staff, then they will be escorted to their classrooms and class will begin. All participants will always be escorted between pick-up/drop-off, their assigned classroom, and the dining hall by program staff. 

Payment Deadlines

Applicants have one week to accept their offer of admission to Summer Explorations and pay the program fee. All payments must be made through the applicant portal. Once an offer is accepted and payment made, the parent or legal guardian must submit emergency contact and medical information, as well as signed Policy Acknowledgement and Consent forms no later than May 1, 2024.  

Any participants who require ADA accommodations should send an email to precollege@osu.edu no later than April 15, 2023, to provide detailed information about accomodations requested. 

More information about daily drop-off and pick-up locations by course will be emailed to participants and families closer to the start of the program. 


Buckeye Precollege recognizes that sometimes plans change. Participants may request a refund of the program fee by emailing precollege@osu.edu according to the following schedule:

Refund request received Amount refunded
On or before April 30, 2024 100% of program fee paid
May 1-15, 2024 50% of program fee paid
On or after May 16, 2024 No refund of program fee paid

Lunch will be provided at the Traditions at Scott dining hall, and will be supervised by program staff. Scott provides a wide variety of food options that meet the most common dietary needs and restrictions, including gluten-free, halal and vegetarian, but kosher dining is not supported during summer term.  

What to Bring

What to Wear

All participants should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the classroom, as well as for a range of temperatures. We will be walking outside between the drop-off/pick-up location, classroom, and dining facility, but will spend most of the day inside air-conditioned classrooms. So, dressing in layers (including a sweater or sweatshirt) is recommended, as are comfortable walking shoes. 

Course-specific Requirements

Some courses may have additional requirements. Details will be provided to participants closer to the start of their program. 

Friday What to Wear

On the last day of classes each week, we will take pictures of each class cohort. We encourage participants to wear their Buckeye Precollege t-shirt on Fridays for this event!

Daily Packing List

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal academic supplies, such as pens/pencils, notebook, and backpack. Any special academic materials needed for courses beyond this basic list will be provided by the program.
  • Snacks and water: We recommend that all participants bring their own snacks, so that each individual’s tastes and dietary needs are met, as well as a refillable water bottle. However, we request that, for the safety of participants with nut allergies, no snacks containing nuts be brought to the program.
  • Personal medications in their original labeled containers (if taken during the day)
  • Sunscreen (on sunny days) and umbrella or rain jacket (on rainy days)
Pick-up and Drop-off Locations

Pick-up and drop-off locations will be provided closer to the start of each session. 

ADA Notice

If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate, or need accommodations to complete the application, please contact Mandie Kollman at Kollman.21@osu.edu.

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