The first-year experience initiative aims to create signature set of programs and experiences to help new first-year students become thriving members of the Oregon State University community. The initiative integrates strong existing first-year programs with new programs that reinforce and amplify the unique character of the Oregon State experience. Please explore this website to learn more about the various focus areas of this initiative, find relevant research and data that motivates this work, follow the progress to-date and discover whom to contact with your questions or comments. Students who are looking for relevant information are welcome to visit the first-year experience student website.

Academic Advising

Enhancements made within the academic advising community will create greater consistency of advising across colleges and departments, ensure students gain knowledge in the fundamentals of being a successful student, improve pathways for both major exploration and major changing and support vulnerable students through data-based interventions.

Baccalaureate College

The proposed Baccalaureate College will oversee the integration of recommended first-year experience enhancements while encompassing many of the academic and service units that reach first-year students.

Campus Traditions

Guided by a team of students, faculty and staff, new traditions that correspond with the university culture will be cultivated to enhance the sense of community, curiosity and whimsy on campus.

Community Involvement

Student participation in a broad array of social/cultural experiences and co-curricular opportunities will help to build a sense of belonging and integration within the community for first-year students.

Diversity Student Success

Drawing on existing successful practices, the newly formed Diversity Student Success Council will develop a comprehensive plan to support the success of traditionally underserved students.

First-Year Curricula

Improvements to introductory and gateway courses will increase student learning and success. Enhanced and expanded first-year orientation courses will support academic engagement and the transition to college learning and expectations.

Living-Learning Communities

New living-learning communities will amplify the academic and personal benefits students find while living on campus by connecting academic programming with residential education opportunities.

New Student Orientation

Existing and piloted orientation programs will help to transition students into the university and provide them with the tools and resources to successfully begin their academic careers.

Residential Education

New initiatives in partnership with several cross-campus organizations will ensure that the residence halls serve as spaces where academic success and community connection thrive.