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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

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First Year Opportunities

A student's first year in college is a great time to explore and experience new opportunities. These opportunities empowers first-year students to achieve academic success, get connected to the university, learn how to successfully navigate the college campus and utilize academic and social resources.

COM 1100

COM 1100 is a first-year seminar course designed to help new students make a successful transition to Oakland University. Students who take COM 1100 are more likely to perform well academically and graduate than students who do not take the course.

About the Course:
COM 1100 is a one-credit, graded elective course taught by a student affairs staff member or an academic adviser. COM 1100 meets for the first 12 weeks of every fall semester. Class size is limited to 25 students to allow for frequent and meaningful classroom discussion.

What Students Will Learn:

  • Learn about campus resources and how to use them
  • Build positive relationships with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Explore personal strengths, abilities and interests and how they contribute to their college experience
  • Learn skills for successfully navigating the college environment

How to Sign Up:
Students may register for this class during orientation.

Testimonials

“COM 1100 was an excellent way to start my college career. It really helped me to get to know the campus. It was fun and very informative. The instructors were great! They felt like friends I could go to whenever I needed help.”

“This class established a positive atmosphere where all students could feel comfortable with themselves and others. I think it helps students communicate and become more open minded.”

“I loved this class! The activities were fun and interesting. It was one class that I always looked forward to. I wish I could keep this class both fall and winter semester. I will truly miss it!”

“COM 1100 was a great experience for me. Through discussions and other fun activities, I learned what it takes to be a successful student at Oakland University. After this course, I knew what I had to do to reach my goals.”

“I was able to explore my major and decide further what I wanted to do with my life.”

28

Earning 28 credits in your first year is important to help you stay on track in your collegiate career. There are four key benefits to earning 28 credits. Review them below to stay on the fast track to graduation.

Don't withdraw from a course just yet. Make an informed decision.

Graduate Faster:

  • Research shows us students who earn 28 credits are at least 25% more likely to graduate within 6 years.
  • Students who earn 28 credits will achieve sophomore status and be on track towards graduation.

Save Money on Tuition: By taking 28 credits, you’ll be more likely to graduate sooner due to accumulating credits at a faster rate. By being able to graduate sooner, you will be able to avoid potential increases in tuition.

Maintain Scholarships: Most Oakland University scholarships require you to earn 28 credits in your first year to renew your scholarship(s)

Gain Scholarships: If you have not received an OU scholarship, you will automatically be able to receive the First-Year Focus Award by earning 28 credits and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. The First-Year Focus Award is worth $3000.

Register for Classes Earlier: Registration is based on earned credits. By being on track with 28 credits you will be allowed to register earlier than those who do not have 28 credits yet.