First-Year Experience Community

Welcome to UO!

The UO has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming knowing where to begin to make the most of your time here.

First-Year Programs is committed to providing all new UO students with comprehensive information on how to thrive at the university.


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The First-Year Experience (FYE) Community at provides freshmen and transfer students with a year-long course that will guide you through resources, activities, and discussions designed help you make connections and achieve success in your first-year at the University of Oregon. It is a similar platform to Canvas, which you will use for all of your classes. Making it easy to navigate, and each term will have new content!


Why should this interest me? 

The FYE Community is a great place to start getting acquainted with all things college and the UO. It has everything from academic and self-care resources, to advice from students and faculty, to a place where insightful conversations can occur.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

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Build community with peers, faculty, and advisors. 

Every Duck deserves a strong flock.

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Navigate the physical and virtual campus. Identify resources that will improve your academic skills. Know your pond.

UO Soaring Owl


Participate and engage in class discussion. Discover tools available to support you throughout your time at the UO. Learn to soar.


Topics covered in this course include:

Student Success Strategies and Resources

Student Support Resources

Financial Planning

Career Exploration

Academic Engagement

Academic Planning

Undergraduate Research

Academic Integrity

Library Resources   

If I have a question on making friends, talking to professors, classes, etc. where can I go?  

The First Year Experience Community for freshmen and the First Year Experience Transfer Community for transfer students each have a section on the site where discussions and events will occur, hosted by your very own peer mentor! Your peer mentor is an additional resource for any questions you may have AND they are there to cheer you on along the way!   

Feel free to email your peer today at or ask a quick question at the Help Desk on Microsoft Teams: FYE/FIG Help Desk. Help Desk is open Monday- Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. We are here to help!