The Ohio State University
The Degree Completion Program

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Darin Meeker
Associate Director of SASSO

John Macko
Athletic Academic Counselor

For more information, please call (614) 292-7088

The Degree Completion Program was established at The Ohio State University in 1994 under the direction of the Department of Athletics. At the time it was called the Outreach Education Program and since its inception, more than 100 former student-athletes have participated in this nationally recognized program. The ultimate goal of the Degree Completion Program is to provide academic and tuition support to former Ohio State student-athletes who left the university without completing their degrees. This program permits them to complete their undergraduate coursework and graduate.



In order to participate in the Degree Completion Program (DCP), the following requirements must be met:

     1. Applicants must be a former Ohio State student-athlete who received an athletic grant-in-aid, has
         exhausted their eligibility, and did not graduate;
     2. Applicant must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average;
     3. Applicant must be within 45 quarter-degree hours of graduation;
     4. Applicant must complete a written application;
     5. Applicant must provide an academic plan approved by their college academic advisor of their remaining courses;
     6. Applicant must schedule community service and/or work hours during the quarter.

Individuals in the program are evaluated quarterly with regard to their academic performance and community service/work requirement.

The Degree Completion Program provides assistance with re-enrollment into Ohio State, tuition, tutoring services, and academic counseling.

Community Service/Outreach
Former student-athletes admitted to the DCP must volunteer their time in order to offset their quarterly tuition compensation. Community Service/Outreach opportunities may also include: Community Connection provided by Ohio State, speaking at local schools/churches, proctoring study table/computer lab, and working in various units of the Department of Athletics.

Additional News & Information

01/31/2008 – Second Chance at Degree an Attractive Option for Former Buckeye Student-Athletes
Monday, The Ohio State University was recognized by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) for ranking second nationally in the 2006-07 academic year in former student-athletes returning and completing their undergraduate degrees.
01/28/2008 – WSYX-TV News Story on Student-Athlete Degree Completion
Recently, Ohio State graduate and former Buckeye running back Butler By’not’e, as well as current DCP students Michael Wiley and Marcus Green, formerly of the football team, and Christian Snavely, a former baseball player, all met at OSU’s state-of-the-art Younkin Academic Success Center and shared their reasons for coming back to finish their degrees.
01/25/2008 – Ohio State Honored by National Consortium for Academics and Sports
Ohio State was recognized Monday by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports (NCAS) for ranking second nationally in the 2006-07 academic year in former student-athletes returning and completing their undergraduate degrees.
12/10/2007 – Former Men’s Hockey Buckeye Returns to Complete Degree
With only one quarter of classes to complete before becoming eligible for graduation, Mike McCormick, former Ohio State men’s hockey forward, was offered and jumped at the chance to play professional in Germany.