First Year Experience
Welcome New Buckeyes!
Making a Great Start
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.
The SMART Learning Community program is a one-year transition experience for first generation students and students of color.
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
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, Dean Gavazzi, 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.
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.
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.
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.