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How to Apply

To declare the Pre-B.S.S. major 

Students must attend a B.S.S. Information Session prior to beginning the B.S.S. proposal application process. During the COVID-19 pandemic, weekly B.S.S. information sessions are available online for students on all campuses. For print-based students, please connect with your designated B.S.S. academic advisor for an orientation.

Prospective students may connect with our program several ways:

  • In My Ohio Success Network, students may raise their hand for more information or an advisor may refer students to the B.S.S. program for more information.
  • Students may call 740.593.1935 to sign up for one of the B.S.S. Information Sessions.
  • For OHIO Online and regional campus students, please declare your intention to become pre-B.S.S. with your academic advisor. Please call 740.593.1935 if you need assistance.

Your B.S.S. information session facilitator will email you 30-60 minutes prior to the meeting with a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting.

B.S.S. Online Information Sessions

Students may call 740.593.1935 to sign up for one of the B.S.S. Information Sessions.

  • Friday, January 22, 2021
    11 am- 12:30 pm
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
    2 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021
    10 - 11:30 am
  • Friday, February 12, 2021
    2 - 3:30 pm
  • Monday, February 15, 2021
    2 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
    10 - 11:30 am
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
    10 - 11:30 am
  • Monday, March 8, 2021
    1:30 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday, March 26, 2021
    2:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Monday, March 29, 2021
    2 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
    10:30 am- 12:00 pm
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    10:30 am- 12:00 pm
  • Monday, April 19, 2021
    2 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
    10- 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    3 - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 14, 2021  
    1 - 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    3 - 4:30 pm

Declaring the B.S.S. major 

Once a student has declared the pre-B.S.S. major, a B.S.S. academic advisor is assigned. Students are then encouraged to complete a rough draft of the proposal and meet with their B.S.S. academic advisor as quickly as possible.

At your first B.S.S. advising meeting, you’ll review your “What-If pre-B.S.S.” DARS report to understand your own “construction zone” to build your major, agree to a timeline and adjust the My Ohio Success Network (MOSN) success plan accordingly, and review your rough draft. Depending upon the date of your meeting, discussing the adjustment of your current schedule to match your proposed draft may be important. Scheduling a 45-60 minute first advising session is strongly recommended.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a career coach at the Career and Leadership Development Center to assist with the creation of their transition plan within the proposal. If writing assistance is needed to draft the proposal, please work with a tutor at the Student Writing Center.

Students will collaborate with their advisor to revise and refine their proposal until it receives a “green light” (meets all criteria on the checklist and faculty rubric for the proposal). At that point, students will begin working with identified faculty partners no later than the green light deadline.

Once faculty partners support the student’s proposal, a pre-B.S.S. student meets with their B.S.S. advisor once more to formalize the submission of their proposal (attaching and signing off on the checklist) for admission to the B.S.S. program.

The B.S.S Proposal Review Committee meets three times a year. Once a student’s proposal is admitted, their major code changes from pre-B.S.S. to B.S.S, and their approved curriculum appears on the DARS report.

Proposal Deadlines

A proposal deadline means that a student’s program proposal is complete with a checklist and appropriate faculty partnership endorsements and advisor signatures.

A green light deadline is the final date by which a student’s proposal must receive a “green light” from their B.S.S. advisor before starting proposal collaboration with faculty partners. Students whose proposals do not have a green light by the appropriate deadline are ineligible to apply for residency that term. To receive a green light, the proposal must meet the criteria on the proposal checklist and faculty rubric, as determined by the advisor.

Fall 2020 residency: Thursday, October 15, 2020 

  • First draft recommended by August 15, 2020
  • Green light deadline for fall 2020 residency: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Already attended an information session?

  • Contact University College if you did not receive the post-information session pre-B.S.S. major declaration link and application packet. Your attendance at the information session will be verified.
  • Contact UC to schedule an advising appointment with your B.S.S. advisor to develop your application. Bring a draft of your proposal.


Pre-B.S.S. Major Code

Students who have attended a B.S.S. Information Session are eligible to receive a pre-BSS major code link and proposal materials. Call 740-593-1935 if you are unable to find your “Next Steps to be Pre-B.S.S.” e-mail which contains those items. Only students who formally declared the pre-major code and whose attendance can be verified from an information/advising session will be added to the pre-major.

Proposal Template

Once students are pre-B.S.S. and have been oriented to the program, they’re encouraged to immediate create a draft in the proposal template. Bring this to the first meeting with your B.S.S. advisor. Seek assistance from the Student Writing Center if you need assistance drafting your proposal. Utilize the provided Proposal Template Guide for clarification on the template components.

Proposal Timeline

During your first meeting as an official pre-BSS student, the proposal timeline will be discussed/adjusted in conjunction with your B.S.S. Success Plan in My Ohio Success Network. The timeline is designed to keep you on track with the key milestones to develop your B.S.S. proposal.