First Year Experience Programs


Freshman Success SeminarsThe Freshmen Success Seminars are dedicated to assisting first year students in becoming active and engaged members of the university community. Students focus on adjusting to the collegiate experience, exploring the opportunities and expectations of university life, and charting their degree plan.

College-Based Living/learning communities (CBLLC’s)— Each community consists of approximately 25 incoming freshmen students from specific colleges who have chosen to live in the same housing unit and attend one or more classes that have been blocked specifically for the CBLLC. The communities intentionally develop connections with programs, services, faculty, staff and other resources and opportunities on the Ashland University campus. The program includes special presentations by faculty and outside speakers, as well as social and recreational activities. Membership in a CBLLC is not determined competitively by academic rank. Membership is open to all students in a college as long as space is available. 

Fresh Start Program — The Fresh Start Program is designed to provide incoming first-year students with the resources needed to boost their first-year experience.  Students  have the opportunity to attend our pre-orientation program and spend four days prior to Orientation Weekend on campus connecting with faculty and staff, learning about campus resources and services, and practicing strategies that will help them transition from high school to college. The activities and resources during this program emphasize academic readiness, campus support, and social/cultural enrichment.