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First-Year Students

First-Year Experience

Welcome to Your First-Year Experience

We really think you're going to love it here. Your First-Year Experience includes a menu of experiential courses, individualized advisement, and fun learning opportunities that will help you develop a sense of purpose and belonging at SUNY Oswego. Our goals for you are simple, we want you to study hard, take care of yourself, get involved, and make friends.

We can help you with all of these things, including getting to know our campus processes and lingo. It's our job to help you become part of our campus community.

We can't wait to meet you. We are so glad you're here.

Featured First-Year Experiences

Orientation + Advisement

New students connect with our Orientation staff and academic advisors right away. Over the summer, you'll meet your advisor, make your schedule, and get prepared for the Fall.

Advisors assist students with course registration, major exploration, academic success, and navigating college life.

Laker Launch

You'll get to move in early and earn credit in a college success course, and learn the ropes during the first 8-weeks of your college career. You'll also have access to our First-Year Success Coaches who can help you navigate campus, make healthy choices, and create lasting friendships.

First-Year Courses

During the first semester, all first-year students are enrolled in a course that focuses on transitioning to college life and learning about our campus. These are small courses that span multiple academic disciplines and interest areas including: signature courses, leadership and service, personal and career development.

Helping You Build a Strong Foundation

Our mission is to help you create a strong foundation that will help you sail through the rest of your college years. 

Through thoughtful campus collaborations, First-Year Experience empowers students to integrate into the SUNY Oswego community by engaging you with campus-wide resources, services, and experiences that will help you to thrive in your academic and personal lives.

Let's Start Building Together


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