The Ohio State University at Newark



The mission of the Office of Access and Engagement is to establish meaningful partnerships and opportunities within our local community. We focus primarily on educational access, developing students as civically engaged leaders and service scholars, and supporting the community through campus awareness and collaboration.


Access is ensuring that all students regardless of resources or financial status have the opportunity to pursue post secondary education and training. The four pillars of our work are: availability,affordability, academic preparation, and aspiration. We motivate individuals of all ages to strive towards education beyond high school and to prepare themselves academically for college. We assist students and their families in understanding how to make college affordable.


Kids Tech University & Explore College- College planning workshops for parents with elementary school students and College Club led by Ohio State Newark students for K-5.

Big Brothers Big Sisters on Campus - Promoting faculty, staff, and student participation in mentoring area youth through tutoring, school and campus visits.

LeFevre Fellows– Students who are accepted enroll in two semesters of a service learning course (A&S 1102H), contribute 60 hours of community service during the academic year, and receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Newark Campus Access Campaign - Collaborating with Central Ohio Technical College to implement a college access campaign on campus to bring awareness to faculty, staff, and students about the barriers to education faced by many within our community.

CAN DO Access – An educationally access-focused partnership formed in 2009 between 5 local institutions: COTC, A CALL TO COLLEGE, Newark City Schools, Denison University, and Ohio State Newark. The goal is to strengthen the educational aspirations and achievements of young people in our community.

Community Partners and Affiliations– We welcome collaboration with local and state-wide organizations committed to improving educational outcomes for all.

Intercultural Relations- Sharing information about cultural relationships in the community and beyond.

Want to learn more? Interested in a program? Interested in partnering on an initiative?

Virginia Cope

Associate Dean


The Office of Access and Engagement

Warner Center 205 A & F

The Ohio State University at Newark

1179 University Drive Newark, OH 43055