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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

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-GOLD

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First Year Resources

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

COM 1100
COM 1100 is a first-year seminar course designed to help new students successfully transition to Oakland University. Students who take COM 1100 are more likely to excel academically and graduate than students who do not enroll in the course. COM 1100 is a one-credit, graded elective course taught by student services staff every fall. Class size is 25 students to allow for meaningful classroom discussion.

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

Students may register for this class during orientation or any time before the start of the fall semester
Student 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.”
Residential Academic Services
University Housing's student success services empowers undergraduate students to engage actively in the learning process. We provide free services and support to all on-campus residents through peer mentoring support and living learning communities. By utilizing housing resources and meeting with the student success staff, students can take positive steps toward reaching their fullest potential.

Common areas of support:
  • Time management
  • Note-taking
  • Transitional concerns
  • Test-taking
  • Study skills
  • Academic probation
  • Academic involvement
Academic Peer Mentors
How They Help
Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) live in the residence halls and apartments, and offer free tutoring at various locations that include Hamlin and Oak View halls. Tutor nights are held Monday-Thursday from 8 - 11 p.m. in both locations.

The APMs also host workshops and online chats in topics like time management, motivation and goal-setting. If you would like to reach an APM for support, please email or call (248) 370-3323.
Living Learning Communities
First-year students who live in one of OU's living-learning communities can maximize engagement in their major through special programming and academic connections with faculty staff and their peers.

Contact University Housing for details on the living-learning communities listed below. You can register to live in a living-learning community when you apply for housing online. If you've already submitted a contract and did not indicate your interest in a living-learning community, please contact our front desk at (248) 370-3570.

My First-Year Experience
Students who live in this community will explore a variety of academic majors and careers by engaging in activities that promote the development of academic social networks. Residents also have the opportunity to take field trips to places like the Detroit Institute of Arts and a variety of other metro Detroit locations.

Students with a major in the School of Engineering and Computer Science will live with other future engineers and have the opportunity to participate in off-site field trips to local businesses.

Students with a major in the School of Business Administration will develop a deeper understanding of Oakland's business program and participate in academic and leadership workshops.

Students interested in applying for the nursing program will receive mentoring from current nursing students and participate in experiential learning opportunities within the School of Nursing.