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First Year Experience and Retention


Congratulations and Welcome to Oakwood University! We are glad that you have chosen ‘OU’ as yOUr university. Here you will enter to learn and depart to serve.

What is FYE?

The First Year Experience Department supports new students with the transition to university life by equipping them with the tools needed to be successful at Oakwood University and beyond. This is done by assigning Peer Leaders to each freshman as a guide throughout their first year. Seminars and workshops are held multiple times each semester to equip students with time management, career readiness, study skills and more. In addition, engaging and fun activities like field days and game nights allow students to get to know their peers better.

Orientation Dates and Activities
New Student Orientation Registration Form

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New Student Orientation Registration Form

Register for Classes

Registration in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Pay your Commitment Fee in student accounts if you haven’t yet.
  2. Have your official transcripts scores in hand.
  3. Decide on your major.
  4. Center for Student Success advisor who will serve as your Registration Guide.
FYER Videos

Coming soon!

Need A Peer Mentor?

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Need a Peer Mentor?

Contact Us
Courtnee Manning,  Marketing, Communications & Program Coordinator
Phone: 256-726-7208
Email: cmanning@oakwood.edu

Chasity Pettigrew, Director
First Year Experience
Phone: 256-726-7147
Email: cpettigrew@oakwood.edu