First Year Experience

Your First Year, Just the Beginning!

The First-Year Experience begins from Pre-Orientation, throughout Welcome Week, Fall and Spring semesters. The First-Year Experience provides a foundational experience, which connects you with the university, success coaches, peer mentors, your college, faculty, academic advisors and fellow classmates.

What Do Students Gain from the First Year Experience?

  1. Engaging programs and events through the Odyssey—a list of events from Pre-Orientation through the Fall and Spring semesters
  2. Knowledge of academic support services
  3. Insight into academic expectations
  4. Introduction to University goals, deadline, and important policy
  5. Introduction to college and/or department
  6. Exploration of major and career areas of interest
  7. Exposure to curricular and co-curricular opportunities

Opportunity to network with faculty, fellow classmates, and upper-class students

Pre-Orientation To-Dos

What to do AFTER you've registered for Orientation at IU South Bend!

IU South Bend C.A.R.E.S.

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First-Year Experience Courses and Peer Mentors

Come Talk to a Success Coach

Schedule time with your Success Coach—based on Last Name