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Columbus State University

First Year Experience®

New students face many challenges when making the transition to university life. CSU's First Year Experience® Program is designed to help smooth this transition. The components listed below are intended to assist new students in building a foundation for academic success while promoting social, cultural and personal development. Among the programs and events CSU offers to first year students are the following:

  • Cougar Kickoff
  • Freshman Common Reading
  • Freshman Convocation
  • Freshman Leadership Program
  • Freshman Learning Communities
  • First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105)
  • Freshman Orientation

All entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours must satisfy the First Year Experience requirement by enrolling in a Freshman Learning Community (FLRC ) or the First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105) before they reach sophomore status (30 credit hours).