First Year Experience Programs

Our First Year Experience programs are designed to help incoming students maximize the first year by getting comfortable on campus, connecting with the university, and starting to think of The University of New Orleans as home. Our programs begin right before Fall semester and continue throughout the school year.  For a more comprehensive list of campus programs held within the Office of Enrollment Services, please visit our page on Guidebook.

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    • Students walking down a hallwayAcademic Reboot Camp
      Designed for students who are not satisfied with their academic performance, FYE offers a half-day workshop to help kick-start a new semester. Participants will gain important skill sets and an understanding of the resources at UNO. In addition, students will be able to build personal relationships with faculty and staff from across the institution.

    • Alpha Lambda Delta logoAlpha Lambda Delta
      Alpha Lambda Delta is a National Honors Society open to students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in their first quarter at a four-year university. The University of New Orleans chapter of ALD is a student-run academic honors organization.

    • Common Read ProgramCommon Read Program
      The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first-year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. All incoming students will receive a free copy of the book to read over the summer. Discussions and assignments that center on the theme and issues in the book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.

    • First Generation College StudentFirst Generation College Student Programs

      Being the first member of your family to attend college is an incredible achievement and we want to assist you in every way possible to complete college and earn your diploma! Check out our programs designed specifically for first year, first generation college students.

    • First Year Interest GroupsFirst-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
      A fun and unique learning experience for first-year students! Join a UNO faculty or staff member to learn, grow, and experiment with ideas and activities surrounding a particular topic.


    • Students working togetherPersonal Academic Consultations
      FYE offers undergraduate students an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Student Success Counselor to review and make improvements to their study and personal success habits. These consultations, which are free and available only to current UNO students, involve assessing a student's need and developing a plan of action for reaching the student's academic goals.

    • Pizza with a ProfessorPizza with a Professor
      Come and enjoy Pizza with a Professor with First Year Experience! Every month, a professor enjoys lunch with first year students while giving a presentation on a variety of topics. This is an opportunity for students to connect with professors out of the classroom and in a more fun, casual environment.  Join us from 12:15 - 1:30 PM on November 20th in the Privateer Pride Room!

    • Two smiling ladies at the Start Strong FestStart Strong Fest
      Kick start your semester on September 9 from 11:30 - 2:00 PM in the University Center! Join First Year Experience, the 6 Colleges, and representatives from various offices to ensure a successful academic year. Learn about minors and special programs, co-curricular activities and resources that can help you develop in mind, body and spirit. Food and entertainment will be provided as you familiarize yourself with UNO's campus resources.

    • StrengthsQuestStrengthsQuest
      We are committed to undergraduate education and the academic success of our students. UNO has partnered with Gallup to become a strengths based campus in an effort to increase student retention, engagement, and the overall well-being of our undergraduate students. All students enrolled in UNIV 1001 will take the StrengthsQuest assessment to identify their top five strengths.

    • Students studying togetherSuccess Coaching
      Our coaching model allows you to work with a Student Success Counselor to identify goals and overcome obstacles that you may have experienced during your first semester. Throughout the year you will be able to build a personal relationship with a Student Success Counselor that will assist you in achieving your academic success at the University of New Orleans.

    • Group of people in a classroomUniversity Success 1001
      University Success (UNIV 1001 for short) is an interesting, fun, and informative course for all freshmen and transfer students under 30 credit hours. UNIV 1001 is a 1 credit, letter-graded course that meets once a week and gives you a place where you can get valuable information, ask questions, and meet other students easily.

    • Wake Up WednesdayWake Up Wednesday
      Join First Year Experience as we mingle and enjoy free coffee and donuts in our Student Success Center. This is a great opportunity to learn more about any concerns or questions you may have.  Join us from 9 - 11 AM November 5th!