First-Year Experience

We know that the first-year of college can be challenging for students. We offer a wide range of activities, events, services, and resources and designed to help students make a smooth transition to college life and find their place in campus life.

We encourage students to:

  •  Explore our Campus Community.
  •  Get Connected. Ask Questions.
  • And find your fit in campus life.

Orientation (SOAR): First-Year experience begins with Orientation. Students will have opportunities to get to know the campus, meet other new students, and leave with their schedule of classes.

Buckeye Book Community (BBC): Each summer, new students complete their first college assignment by reading over the summer. This year’s selection, “The Glass Castle" by  Jeannette Walls was provided to students at orientation (SOAR). During the Autumn semester students participate in activities, discussions, and hear from the author.

Welcome Days: Provides social and educational events from Move-In Day through the first day of Autumn classes.  Want to meet new people and engage in campus life? Join us at Game On, the Director’s Dinner, Convocation, Bonfire and Line Dancing, the Involvement and Community Fair and much more.

Convocation: The official welcome for new students. Held two days before the Autumn courses begin, freshman and transfer students gather at Fisher Hall Auditorium to start their college career as Buckeyes.  Students will hear from current students, Director, James Kinder, Assistant Director, Jeanne Osborne , and other members of Ohio State ATI’s administration, faculty and staff.

Director’s  Dinner: Held during Welcome Days, follows an afternoon of fun and games. Students will socialize and eat with their new classmates and members of the campus community.

Diversity: Our college (College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences) has a slogan “Diversity, Unity, Community” that represents the community built by our students, faculty, and staff.  First-year students will live, work, and socialize with people from various ethnic and cultural groups and gain a  greater sense of belonging and make positive contributions to our multicultural society.          

First Year Experience Success  Seminar Series: Complements the required College Orientation course (GENSTDS 1201T) by addressing challenges experienced by new students. Seminars   -all committed to helping new students succeed!