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.
Social Justice Learning Community
A one-year student success and transition experience for first year students, related to social justice and ecology and their relationship to a breadth of majors. First generation students and students of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
A free overnight retreat-style leadership program for new first-year Ohio State students. Through team building and leadership activities, first-year students will leave Camp Hetuck with a network of peers, faculty, staff, and other Ohio State students committed to helping them get involved in their first year on campus.
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.
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.