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.
SMART is a series of sessions designed for student who are the first in their family to earn a college degree. The goal of SMART is to help prepare these students with the keys to a successful first year of college at Ohio State Mansfield, while also assisting them in making a smooth transition from high school to college.
A leadership experience designed for incoming Ohio State freshmen with an interest in becoming involved in college. Through teambuilding and leadership activities freshmen will interact and network with faculty, staff, and upperclassman.
Your First Week
The official welcome for new students. The day before Autumn courses begin, freshman and transfer students gather in Founders Auditorium to begin their college career together as Buckeyes. Students hear from current students, Dean Gavazzi, and other faculty, staff, and administration. 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 complete their first college assignment through a shared reading experience and visit from the author. This year the book selection is The Submission by Amy Waldman.
The Buckeye 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. The program will provide you with a support system of faculty and staff who were first generation college students, a network of other first generation college students, and the opportunity to uniquely shape your curriculum to fit your strengths.
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.