First Year Experience Program

Welcome To The First Year Experience


Your first year at Jackson State University will be filled with excitement, anticipation, challenges,and high expectations. The First Year Experience, a signature program for first year students, is designed to help you meet your expectations, conquer your challenges, fulfill your academic needs, and provide you with an exciting experience. The First Year Experience includes both curricular and co-curricular components to help you make a smooth transition to university life and enhance your college experience in and out of the classroom. Our goal is to assist you on your journey to becoming a JSU graduate, a responsible citizen, and an outstanding world leader.

Mission Statement

First-Year Experience creates shared experiences emphasizing challenging curricula, seminars, service and community learning activities and mobile technology. The signature course University Success 100/101 is among its offerings. Students engage in a battery of assessments, complete the general education core and participate in academic and student life activities.

New Student Orientation and Welcome Week Activities

The mission of New Student Orientation and Welcome Week Activities is to provide students with a comprehensive and personal introduction to Jackson State University thereby easing their transition to collegiate life. Students participate in a first year assessment, academic advising, and registration. They also learn about campus resources, and involvement opportunities at the university. FYE students have the opportunity to meet with university administrators, professional and faculty advisors, staff, and other first year students. To ensure a great beginning at a great institution, attendance is required for all new students who wish to register before classes begin.


This activity is funded in part by Title III.