The Ohio State University at Mansfield

First Year Experience

Welcome New Buckeyes!

Making a Great Start

Ohio State Mansfield wants you to start your college career on the right track. Research shows that laying a strong foundation during your first year of college is key to your success.

Our First Year Experience (FYE) programs will help you build that foundation. You will have opportunities to get to know your peers, connect with the campus community, and experience being a Buckeye!

Observe. Act. Commit. You’re off to a great start!

Our First Year Experience programs are designed to help incoming students take advantage of campus opportunities during their first year. Our programs begin the summer before autumn semester and continue throughout the school year.

Pre-Enrollment Programs

SMART (Students Making a Realistic Transition)

The SMART Learning Community program is a one-year transition experience for first generation students and students of color.

Camp Hetuck

A leadership experience designed for incoming Ohio State freshmen with an interest in becoming involved in college. Through team building and leadership education and activities, first year students will interact and network with faculty, staff, and current students.

Your First Week

Convocation & Dean's Picnic

The official welcome for new students. The day before Autumn courses begin, all new students gather in Founders Auditorium to begin their college career together as Buckeyes. Students hear from current students, the Dean, and other faculty and staff. The Dean's Picnic directly follows the Convocation. Students mix, mingle and eat with their fellow classmates and members of the campus community.


Buckeye Book Community

First year students can participate in the reading in experience in various ways. This year the book selection is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.

Learning Communities

A learning community allows first year students to get involved in a variety of activities that start the summer before classes start and continues throughout the academic year. These communities will provide you with a support system of faculty, staff, and students.

Success Series

The Success Series complements the required EXP1100 course by addressing transitional challenges new students face. Seminars are conducted by campus experts, community leaders, and well-known personalities to help students transition smoothly into college life and make the most of their time at Ohio State.