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First Year Success Series

What is the First Year Success Series?

We know that navigating college life can be tricky. There's a lot to figure out, and sometimes, you might not know where to turn for help.

And that's OK! It's normal to struggle sometimes. That's why we created the First Year Success Series.

The First Year Success Series comprises a series of workshops offered by people across the university who care about your success. These sessions are short (usually about an hour long), and they're designed to help you make the most of your Buckeye experience. In them, you'll learn more about campus resources and find answers to some of the common questions and concerns first-year students have during their transition to university life.

First Year Success Series Expectations

As a first-year student, you're expected to attend a minimum number of Success Series sessions during autumn semester.

How many? It depends. As part of your survey course, you'll be required to attend and reflect on sessions for credit — but the number is set by your survey course instructor. That means expectations vary from course to course; you probably won't have the same requirements as your roommate or your friends in other majors. Check your survey course syllabus and talk to your instructor if you have questions.

Beyond this minimum number, we encourage you to attend any session that interests you throughout your first year at Ohio State. First Year Success Series sessions are great ways to learn new things, find answers to your questions, discover campus resources and meet other new Buckeyes.

Registering for a session

Ready to get started? We offer a lot of sessions every term — there are more than 300 planned just for autumn semester! To help you find those that interest you, we've tagged every session according to its topic.

Need help? Watch a step-by-step guide to registering for a session at

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