Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes

Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes

Buckeye Precollege Summer Institutes will offer academically ambitious and intellectually curious high school students the opportunity to participate in a two-week residential academic program designed to give them a taste of college life and prepare them for the road ahead. 

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The Summer Institutes will enroll students from across the United States for an intensive academic experience on the Columbus campus. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process, and placed into a course determined to be the best fit for their interests and academic readiness. Students will live in campus residence halls and participate in a single course specially designed by Ohio State instructors for precollege students. They will be overseen by a team of undergraduate and graduate Residential Counselors.

In addition to their core course, participants will also join daily workshops on the college admissions process, college-level study skills, and other content designed to help demystify the transition from high school to college. Evenings and weekends will offer social and recreational activities in the residence hall, on the Ohio State campus, and around central Ohio.

Program Dates

Summer Institutes will offer two sessions, each lasting two weeks, in summer 2023: 


Arrival Day 

Classes begin 

Last day of classes and departure 

Session 1 

Monday, June 5 

Tuesday, June 6 

Friday, June 16 

Session 2 

Monday, June 19 

Tuesday, June 20 

Friday, June 30 


Summer Institutes are for high school students in grades 9 through 11 at time of application (spring 2023), and are US citizens or permanent residents, non-US citizens who attend a US high school on an F-1 visa, or hold DACA status. Homeschooled students are also welcome to apply.


Participants are enrolled on a single, intensive course during their two-week stay on campus. Buckeye Precollege Summer Institute courses are not for credit, though the instructional hours are equivalent to that of a two-credit undergraduate course. The non-credit structure allows students to explore new topics and challenge themselves academically without worrying about grades. Students who successfully complete a Summer Institutes course will be provided with a certificate of completion.    


Buckeye Precollege instructors are current Ohio State University affiliates -- meaning faculty, staff, clinical teaching faculty, lecturers and senior lecturers who teach OSU undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year -- selected for their expertise in their field as well as their interest in teaching precollege students. Our instructors design custom courses that provide a deep dive into their area of expertise and reflect current academic research and scholarly trends. 

Daily Schedule

Participants will have a full schedule during the week, and be supervised by instructional and residential staff throughout the day.  


9 – 11:45 a.m.  

Travel time  

11:45 a.m. to noon  


Noon to 1 p.m.  

Travel time  

1 – 1:15 p.m.  

Study period   

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.  

Break and travel time 

3:15 – 4 p.m.  

College workshops   

4 – 5 p.m.  


5 – 6 p.m.  

Evening activities 

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Quiet hours begin 

10 p.m. 



During the weekend midway through the program, residential staff will arrange one or more local excursions on Saturday, which may include sports or arts events, museums, hiking, or other activities. Sundays will be a less structured day, with optional on-campus activities as well as time to prepare for classes the next day.  

Residential Program

Summer Institutes residential staff are current or recent Ohio State undergraduate or graduate students. Residential counselors oversee residential life, and lead a range of social and recreational activities in the evening and on the weekend. Participants are assigned to rooms by gender, age and enrolled course, so that those studying in the same or similar courses room in close proximity. This structure allows us to create true residential learning communities that participants are active contributors to, and facilitate connections between participants who share academic interests.