The Ohio State University at Newark

Scarlet and Gray Excellence - SAGE

Join an academic and social community to achieve academic success!

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 curriculum that is reflective of their own culture and reality 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 work closely with our SAGE faculty members in order 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. The arts and sciences courses allow students to acquire learning, team building and leadership skills as well as personal success strategies. 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.

3 diverse female students chatting on campus groundsBenefits of participation:

  • Immersed in a multicultural curriculum where they take 4 classes together as a cohort.
  • Students attend weekly labs (study skills, team-building, personal growth & development).
  • Students will attend campus wide social and cultural events to foster sense of belonging on campus.
  • Support from Academic Peer Coaches – tutoring, study tables, mentoring.
  • A $600 book stipend is available to each student to help pay for books their first two semesters!
  • 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:

Two female students working at computersWho are the participants?

  • Students who desire to immerse themselves in multiculturalism and demonstrate respect for differences.
  • 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 still considered first-year college students.
  • 40 applicants will be accepted.

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 Development Office at: