The Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) is a selective first-year academic learning community for Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of service and leadership development.

As a PASS scholar, you’ll learn the value of diversity, leadership and service to your undergraduate experience, its relevance to your academic success and its impact on your community and the world beyond.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of benefits including priority class scheduling, academic travel to cities such as Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles, community building with peers before other students arrive on campus in the fall and health and wellness workshops designed to promote academic, personal and professional success.

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Keys for Success

Peer Leadership

Second- and third-year PASS scholars serve as positive role models, engaging with you in a supportive environment that assists you with academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and leadership.

Academic Support

Weekly meetings provide roundtable discussions, leadership development initiatives, health and wellness workshops and more — all designed to promote academic and personal success.

Career Development

Participate in exclusive workshops, career development initiatives and internships to strategically link and translate your experiences, skills and knowledge to the graduate, professional and work world beyond Ohio State.

Community Building

Engage with students, staff, faculty and others in a mutually supportive and challenging collaboration designed to encourage new friendships and mentoring relationships across campus.

Service Learning

Translate your academics, skills and knowledge to the larger community through several service learning opportunities offered each semester throughout the academic year.

Leadership Development

Take an active role in the world around you by participating in exclusive training and leadership workshops and becoming an ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment.