First Year Experience
First Year Experience at Marian University is committed to supporting students and families during their transition to Marian and throughout their first year. We understand that the transition from high school to college, or even from one college to another, can be daunting and can come with some challenges. We’re here to guide you through this journey, help you get connected to campus and resources, and ensure that you get off to a strong start at Marian.
SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) and Welcome Week are orientation programs designed to help familiarize you with Marian, build connections on campus, and take care of important business prior to the start of your first semester.
We also provide continuous support and outreach throughout your transition. Keep an eye on your email, as we’ll be sharing lots of information prior to your first semester and guiding you through the processes to become a Marian Knight.
Ready to develop your leadership skills and get a great experience on your resume? Two great opportunities provided through our office are Freshman Class Board and Orientation Leader.
Freshman Class Board is a group of first-year students who help plan events specifically for freshmen. Guided by our FYE staff, the freshman class board will work as a team to plan, advertise, and host a variety of events and activities throughout the school year.
Orientation Leaders are current MU students whose job is to welcome, guide, and mentor first-year students through SOAR, Welcome Week, and their first year. They’re the go-to people for when you have questions or are needing support.
We know that becoming more connected to the campus community will play a big role in your success, so we host a variety of events throughout the schools year.
Some examples of events we've hosted in recent years include: Fall Fest, Winter Bash, End of the Year Celebration, Tailgates, Homecoming activities, Faculty Friday Nights, the Transformational Leadership Conference, Oldenburg Trip, First-Year Appreciation, Downtown trips, Cookies & Canvas, and more!
The First-Year Faceoff is an ongoing competition throughout the school year where floor and FYS classes compete to see who's most engaged in the campus community. Students will attend events, earn points, and win prizes for your team!
We’re here to support families as well. Whether you’re sending your first child off to college or your last, we want to help you stay connected with Marian and ensure you’re able to provide support to your student from home.
Our family newsletter, The Check-In, is an online publication sent out multiple times each semester. Each issue contains information to keep you updated, stories from Marian students, families, and staff, and tips to help you support your student.
Ready to plan a visit to campus? We encourage you to join us for Family Weekend, where you can spend the weekend enjoying events, activities, and more with your MU Knight.
As part of CASE (Center for Academic Success and Engagement), we’re eager to help you connect with academic resources and services so you can achieve your goals in the classroom. Resources we can help connect you with include academic success coaching, peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic advising, and services for students with disabilities.
In your first semester, you will take a three-credit First-Year Seminar course. This gateway course is intended to help you develop critical thinking, information literacy, cultural awareness, collaborative learning, and other important skills that will serve you well throughout your college experience.