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First-Year Experience

Students at Orientation

Your success is very important to us! In order to help our new students get off to a good start and ease the transition to college, the University Honors Program has developed a series of Honors First-Year Experience (FYE) programs.

University Honors FYE programs are designed to assist you in the transition to college and to Honors. Some are required of all incoming honors first-year students and some are optional but highly encouraged. Here is a list for your quick reference:


An integral part of the first year in the University Honors Program is developing a meaningful relationship with members of the honors community. We encourage you to connect with other first-year students and upper-class students. Together, you can inspire each other to use your gifts and talents to make a difference on campus and in the community.

You are encouraged to use your first year to begin exploring your interests and passions. Take some time to consider your values, your interest, and your goals. Try a new club or organization. Go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone new. The University of Cincinnati and the University Honors Program will provide you with many opportunities -- your challenge will be to decide what to do first!

Advice for First-Year Honors Students

"Your college experience is entirely what you make of it. Don't wait to get involved on campus or in the community, especially if you're passionate about something. Though academics are always a top priority, the experiences you have outside the classroom may teach you more than any lecture alone could."
-- Sophie Shemas, Environmental Studies student

"Invest in others: help others grow and bring out the best in time; it will help you as well as them. Changing majors is scary, but it will be okay. Don't worry about what your friends say and that they might graduate earlier - do what you're passionate about!"
-- Eric Fash, Marketing student

"Never be afraid to ask.‚Äč College is a place of learning. So if you don't know something, ASK! Don't be afraid to learn. Don't be ashamed of what you don't know. Alternatively, if you want something... ASK! Interested in the work a prof is doing? Want to get a leadership position in that club you are in? Dying to talk to that really cute guy that sits next to you in bio (I'm just kidding... or am I?)... ASK! Be open and tell yourself that you are worth it to go after something you are passionate about."
-- Emma Fox, Neuropsychology, Spanish, International Human Rights student

"Don't let your head get in the way of where your heart wants you to go. College is a time to discover what you love to do and how you can go out in the world and do it. There will be times when you'll question the path you're on--really think hard about those questions. And if there's something you want to do, do it. Sometimes the best choices you'll make won't always make sense to those around you, and it's important that you are comfortable enough to make them anyway because you know in your gut it's what will make you happy."
-- Jeff Back, Interdisciplinary Studies student

"Becoming involved around campus is a fantastic way to make the most of your college experience. Make sure to sign up for many organizations that interest you early on, then you can begin to rule some out and focus on the ones where your passion lies. Find a 'favorite study spot' on campus, and don't forget to balance hard work and fun. Lastly, always be open to meeting new people, faculty and students, because it's the people here that make UC great!"
-- Farah Hussain, Neurobiology student