The Beaver Connect program connects new-to-OSU students, peers, and faculty members in an effort to ease the student transition to college, facilitate faculty-student interaction, and build a network of support to help all students succeed during their time at OSU.
Students are placed on teams of up to 4 new-to-OSU students, 1 peer mentor, and 1 faculty member for mentorship, guidance, and community building in their first year at OSU. Teams meet up to 5 times per term during the first year in Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Teams discuss a variety of topics from how to be successful to applying for scholarships, finding research opportunities, and exploring career paths.
Beaver Connect serves both first year & transfer students who identify as:
"[This program helped me] to better appreciate what OSU offers and the opportunities available here, as a result of discussions with my peer and faculty mentors about their own college experiences. It helped me be even more sure that OSU is the right place for me."
Students who participate will be able to:
In 2018 OSU launched a targeted pilot program called the Faculty-Student Mentor Program (FSMP) to meet a key recommendation of the Undergraduate Student Success Steering Committee: that OSU do a better job of supporting our students in their first year at OSU, whether they are first-year or transfer students. The program placed special focus on improving the student transition for students of color, first-generation, and low-income students through a central campus initiative and college, school, and department level initiatives. The pilot ran for two years and was part of a research study led by Dr. Gloria Crisp with the College of Education which examined the impact of the program on retention and graduation rates of students at OSU overall.
After the pilot showed measurable levels of success, the program was formally housed within the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) in 2020 and continues to serve the same populations of students nearly university-wide.