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First Year Seminar

Most incoming freshmen at OSU will be required to enroll and complete a First Year Seminar course their first semester at OSU. FYS is designed to help freshmen adjust to the demands of college life; learn how to become academically successful; explore various major and career opportunities; learn to navigate within the OSU campus and the Stillwater community; and make students aware of university rules and regulations.

Every college offers First Year Seminar courses (also known as Orientation courses) to the students advised through their college. Students advised through University College Advising will enroll in UNIV 1111, the First Year Seminar course taught by UCA advisors and staff. In some instances, UCA students may also take an Orientation course offered through another college. During your enrollment meeting you will discuss with your academic advisor which orientation course will be most appropriate for you.



Student Academic Mentor (SAM) Application

Each Student Academic Mentor (SAM) chosen for the program will participate as a mentor for a University College First Year Seminar class throughout the fall semester. Qualified applicants will have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher, 24 credit hours earned by the end of the spring semester, and maintain full-time student status during the fall semester. Additionally, applicants should have extracurricular involvement and display a high level of responsibility, enthusiasm, and a willingness to be available to and mentor new freshmen.

If selected to participate as a SAM, you will attend the mandatory SAM training session, attend monthly progress meetings, and serve as a mentor 2 to 3 hours per week throughout the fall 2019 semester for University College First Year Seminar class. Serving as a SAM will depend on your availability and UNIV 1111 course schedules. At the conclusion of the fall semester and completing all SAM requirements, SAMs will be awarded $250 to their bursar account for each UNIV 1111 section they are assigned to.

The application period for Fall 2019 has closed.