Bridge Programs

Oregon Young Scholars Program

The Oregon Young Scholars Program (OYSP) offers rising Oregon high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors a chance to experience college life firsthand. It takes place on the UO campus, where students live in a dorm with a roommate and share meals, classes and projects with their peers, just as they would in college. 

Participants in OYSP are chosen from the eighth grade classes of several schools in Portland and Eugene-Springfield that serve students who are most underserved in higher education. The program focuses on providing this opportunity to students of color, students from homes with limited incomes, and students who are the first in their families to be college bound.

Each summer, OYSP brings these rising freshman, together with returning Young Scholars, for the summer on-campus residential experience. These Oregon high school students come to campus to start thinking about and working toward a college education. They attend intensive classes in math and writing and participate in an area of emphasis for specialized study, particularly in the disciplinary areas of STEM and fine arts. During this on-campus experience, students learn how to prepare for, apply to, and pay for college. Scholars also learn important skills in civic engagement, active reflection, and leadership. 


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