Leslie Meyers from New Student Programs and Family Outreach (NSPFO) came in to talk with the Advisor Coffee Talk group about START, Welcome Week and U-Engage.
She shared that START is the orientation program for new students. There are 9 First Year STARTs that happen throughout the summer, mostly on the Corvallis Campus with programs in California and Hawaii. FY On- Campus START consists of a 2 day program introducing them to OSU and to their intended College as well as registration for Fall term classes. There are also 4 Transfer STARTs that consist of much of the same programing but over just a single day.
Welcome Week is the first week of school including the first few days of classes. It usually consists of opportunities at the University, College and School/program level to get to know other classmates, faculty and staff and resources on campus.
U-Engage is a set of First Year Experience courses taught by OSU faculty and staff. While there is a specific topic and typically an interesting question that is being asked, students also learn about opportunities and resources for their first year of college. U-Engage courses are selected from a pool of submitted proposals. There is no preference given to instructors or faculty with experience and it is completed for a letter grade.