COTA Program off to an Exciting Start

It’s officially the start of one of our favorite times of the year as TOPS Staff – the annual summer College Orientation and Transition Assessment (COTA) Program. COTA is a week-long college orientation experience, during which, incoming TOPS students and rising high school juniors and seniors that are interested in the TOPS program come to Ohio State’s campus for a taste of what it is like to be in college.

Yesterday, we kicked off the week by moving in to the dorms, talking to the students about the Ohio State Student Code of Conduct (because college students have responsibilities, too!), and having a tour of the campus, led by one of our current TOPS students, LaMont.

Young man in red Ohio State shirt walking down the sidewalk with a big smile on his face.

LaMont showing his excitement after giving a great campus tour!

Group of thirteen individuals wearing various Ohio State shirts. It is early evening, so the sun is setting. Ohio Stadium, OSU's football stadium is in the background. The individuals in the picture are smiling.

Students on the campus tour with Ohio Stadium in the background – Go Bucks!









After the amazingly comprehensive tour (thanks, LaMont!), the students broke up into their Scarlet and Gray groups and completed a scavenger hunt on campus – which had the students searching for Brutus statues and the campus newspaper, taking pictures at their favorite spot(s) on campus, and interacting with current Ohio State students. A great time was had by all and we are so excited for what the rest of the week will bring πŸ™‚

Four students stand in front of the Ohio Stadium football stadium and it's red and white Block O stained glass window. The individuals are spelling out OHIO with their arms.

Students doing the O-H-I-O in front of the Ohio Stadium stained glass.

Six individuals stand and sit at the base of a tall, bronze statue of a man in a graduation gown.

Students during the scavenger hunt at their favorite place on campus – the William Oxley Thompson statue on the Oval.

4 thoughts on “COTA Program off to an Exciting Start

  1. Great Start TOPS Program!!!

    How exciting it is for the 2019 COTA Program!
    It’s GREAT to see the new students…their smiles…their excitement!
    It especially warms my heart to see how LaMont has grown over the years. It’s had to believe that only 2 years ago LaMont attended the 2017 COTA Program and now he’s a leader. This is certainly a reflection of the awesome and evolving TOPS Program here at OSU and I’m so proud of LaMont and TOPS!

    Welcome new Buckeyes and Parents! You all will be thrilled about your upcoming experiences within the TOPS Program and OSU’s campus life and remember, Team Work Makes the Dream Work!
    Keep up the awesome job LaMont and TOPS Program! Go Bucks!

    LaMont’s Mom πŸ™‚

  2. So thankful for this program and all who are working so hard-staff and students!
    Have a great week!
    Dorothy Hagenbaugh

  3. We are so proud of Lamont and his many accomplishments in the OSU Tops program. It’s programs like OSU Tops that gives students the opportunity to realize their dream of a college education. Congratulations to OSU Tops & Lamont.
    Uncle Tony & Aunt Marci

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