The Ohio State University at Newark

Scarlet and Gray Excellence - SAGE

Join the Scarlet and Gray Excellence learning community to enrich your first year of college!

Scarlet and Gray Excellence (SAGE) is a learning community that forms an academic and social community that was designed to assist underrepresented students (ex: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island, multiracial) in achieving academic success and develop a sense of belonging to increase retention. Through its emphasis on multicultural education and self-awareness, students will strengthen their leadership skills and work towards increasing respect for differences. Students will be immersed in a multicultural curriculum that is reflective of different cultures and realities and will be equipped with the knowledge base to bring about change for a just society. Students, who participate in SAGE can expect to work closely with an academic success coach and peer mentors as they learn about study skill strategies, take core classes in a cohort-based model, participate in private group study table sessions to build a team of support.

Additionally, students will gain the opportunity to make connections with SAGE faculty members to enrich their overall experience. Students take four common courses throughout the year, which includes two general education courses and two arts and science courses specifically designed for students in SAGE. Students take only two courses with SAGE in each semester which allows them the opportunity to take major specific courses as well.

The learning community creates opportunities for students to form partnerships with each other and build professional connections. Student centered social and cultural events are designed to create opportunities for exposure and social connectedness.

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Benefits of participation:

  • Students will have the opportunity to engage in out-of-class experiences and trips for hands-on applications to courses and different majors.
  • Weekly study tables provide students with the opportunity to jump start their first-year and achieve ultimate success.
  • Peer mentors plan social and cultural events for participants to build connections with their peers
  • Immersed in a multicultural curriculum where they take 4 classes together as a cohort.
  • Students can receive a $600 academic scholarship if they submit their application by the April 1st deadline
  • Receive priority consideration for Newark Campus Residence Hall housing for those who apply to the learning community by April 1. Please visit our blog link below for more details about housing paperwork and paying the housing deposit.

Application process

  • Students interested in becoming a member of Scarlet and Gray Excellence should complete the SAGE Application for full consideration.
  • Applicants are encouraged to pay their Ohio State Newark Acceptance Fee for full consideration for SAGE.
  • For details on the application process and more students can visit:

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Who are the participants?

  • Students who desire to immerse themselves in multiculturalism and demonstrate respect for differences.
  • Making connections with faculty are important for students who want to experience success academically and within their major.
  • Students who are interested in connecting their personal experiences with the curriculum in the learning community courses.
  • Students are in their first year of college.
    Students who participate in college preparatory programs and enrolled in college courses while in high school are eligible.
  • 40 applicants will be accepted.

Student Testimonials

“I liked the number of events that we had. I think that SAGE, specifically, is very important because there aren’t a lot of other spaces that we can talk about cultural things or struggles and be understood.”
“I made great friendships that will carry out onto [Columbus] campus. I learned a lot through the classes and trips we took and enjoyed the challenge of getting to know people with different backgrounds.”

SAGE Donor Partnership

Our Scarlet and Gray Excellence learning community donors have made great impact in the lives of many. If you are interested in learning more about donating to the SAGE program, please visit our Advancement Office.