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To produce global citizens whose leadership and scholarship development inspire them to demonstrate the value of education and diversity.


The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) is committed to attracting and retaining highly talented and capable students of diverse backgrounds to maximize their leadership potential through educational and service opportunities. OMSAR programmatic activities instill in students the importance of scholarly pursuits and the value of education. We will serve as a resource to the Ohio University community on issues of access, retention and student success as well as promote the educational benefits of diversity and the appreciation for difference.


The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) assists in providing access to a quality academic and enriching social experience at Ohio University for minoritized student populations, while leading the institution's efforts to successfully retain and graduate them.

The services provided to students by the OMSAR Staff include:


OMSAR’s first-year transition and retention program. Learn more about the LINKS program here.

One-on-One Support:

The OMSAR Team specializes in working one on one with students to help them craft a pathway for academic and personal success. If you would like to meet with a member of our team, please email us at diversity@ohio.edu

OMSAR Sponsored Courses:

OMSAR Course Series

This three-course series rotates annually on topics of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. This course is open to all students at Ohio University and is required for students with the Templeton, Appalachian, Urban, and Rankin scholarship.

UC2900 Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Course

During the fall term, junior or senior students may enroll in a class to help them prepare for their job search and/or graduate school application.

UC 2900 LINKS Peer Mentor Seminar

The LINKS Peer Mentor Seminar is designed to assist in The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) efforts to enhance the retention, academic performance, and social experiences of first-year multicultural students, and serves as the central course for the training of LINKS Peer Mentors. The purpose of the seminar is to help students gain an understanding of LINKS, OMSAR's first year transition and support program, and develop an appreciation for the importance of peer mentors in relation to multicultural retention goals, academic achievement, leadership, diversity and inclusion.

UC 2900 OHIO Men of Excellence Network Special Issues Course

This UC 2900 Special Issues course presents an opportunity for participants in the OHIO Men of Excellence Network to plan and execute collegiate plans that meet student academic and professional goals. This course is centered on student participation inside and outside the classroom and offers a customized path to academic enrichment, leadership and planning, as well as the creation of a professional networking persona. Various campus resources will present enrichment opportunities to this class.

Study Abroad with OMSAR:

The OMSAR Staff annually directs multiple study abroad opportunities during the winter and spring break. Learn more about our programs below.


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OMSAR Student Expo Session:

OMSAR sponsors a session at the annual Student Expo to highlight the research or creative activity OMSAR scholars are engaged with during their academic experience. The OMSAR sessions also highlight research pertaining to diversity and inclusion. Learn more about the Student Expo here


Average Number of OMSAR Scholars: 1200

Average Overall GPA of all Scholars: 3.20

First Year Retention:

  • 91% of OMSAR LINKS participants persist from the fall to spring term
  • 79% of OMSAR LINKS participants persist from year one to year two

Average Number of Service Hours Completed Annually: 7,000+