Office of Student Life : Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Program Overview

Ohio State’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) was developed as a continuation of the university’s effort to redefine the student experience. Before STEP was implemented, The Ohio State University commissioned a study to identify the predictors of second-year student success and they were found to be:

  • Participation in campus events
  • Living on campus
  • Peer interaction
  • Interaction with faculty
  • Institutional Commitment

Another survey shows that students who live on campus participate in campus activities much more (82%) than those who live off-campus (64%). Data also indicates that students who live on-campus for 2-years have higher graduation and 2-year retention rates than students who did not live on campus their first two years:

  • Graduation Rate:

                        88.2% compared to 76.5% (2005 cohort)

  • Retention Rate:

                        95.7% compared to 88.6% (2009 cohort)

The 2012/2013 HOME survey, given to all students who lived in Ohio State residence halls, shows that 84% of those students credit their housing situation with their connectedness to the university.

STEP is designed to focus on student success and development and will allow students the opportunity to engage in activities that cater to their individual interests and needs. Through interaction with faculty, students will be able to develop tools for life and build essential network connections. By fulfilling the program requirements, students will be eligible to receive a fellowship of up to $2,000 to use towards a STEP Signature Project they might otherwise not be able to do.

For more information on STEP, please see: