Each Scholars Program features a first-year residential community that provides students with a peer-network of high-ability students with similar interests. First-year Art Scholars students are given priority to live together in Baker Hall West, the Visual and Performing Arts residence hall.** Commuters are welcome to be a part of our Scholars programs.
Art Scholars benefit from the resources contained within Baker Hall West, such as a large performance space, dance room, music practice rooms, and an art and design room.
**Please note that space in the prescribed residence halls is not guaranteed and students can be placed in other accommodations due to program demand if necessary.
- The Arts Scholars Family (consisting of staff members, students, and sometimes speakers and guests) meets bi-weekly throughout the year in the Baker Hall West Performance Space. These meetings are used to give announcements, sign-up for events, introduce speakers from around campus and in the community, and allow for networking amongst students in the program.
- First Year Retreat – All incoming students join together on the day after move-in to bond and learn about the program before classes begin. Students meet their upper-level mentor (called "BIG") and are welcomed into the Arts Scholars Family through this annual retreat.
- Family Week – To celebrate the complete family, a series of programs are held each fall to highlight the BIG/little mentor program. Activities have included: Tye-dye Party, Family Find Scavenger Hunt, Family Feud, and attending the OSU Marching Band's Skull Session prior to that week's football game. Each BIG is expected to plan a "Family Dinner" that week for their littles and take a "Family Photo" to be judged for creativity.
- Spring Retreat – A newer tradition involves this retreat open to all students who want to learn more about leadership and meet students in all years of the program, which is great for networking and career development.
- To encourage a strong cohesive community that crosses years, incoming students are matched to an upper-level student who has been trained in serving as a resource and mentor to new Ohio State students. Students are encouraged to attend events and meetings together through the mentor program. Upper-level students are referred to as "BIGs" and incoming students are "littles." Students are matched based upon both academic and personal interests.
Arts Leaders Council
- A council of 10 current students serves as both an advisory board to the program staff and as a programming board to manage events. Students on the council learn leadership skills such as communication, event management, organization, personality differences, diversity, and time management. First year students are allowed to apply for the Arts Leaders Council during their first semester.