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 designed to help students achieve their goals. Ask Question. Get Information. Make Connections!

We encourage students to explore our campus community. Get involved. Ask questions and have a great first year.

Orientation: 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.

Welcome Days: Provides curricular and co-curricular events from move in day through the first day of classes.

Convocation: The official welcome for first year students. Held the day before the Autumn courses begin, freshman and transfer students gather at Fisher Hall Auditorium to start their college career as Buckeyes. New students will hear from continuing students and members of Ohio State ATI’s administration, faculty and staff.

First Year Success Series: Complements the required College Orientation course (GENSTDS 1201T) by addressing challenges experienced by new students. FYSS sessions are offered across 6 themes: 1.) Academic Engagement and Study Skills, 2.) Civic Engagement, 3.) Global Awareness and Diversity, 4.) Health and Wellness, 5.) Leadership and 6.) Life Skills and Personal Development. FYSS sessions are designed to help new students succeed!

Diversity. Unity. Community: 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.