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Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485

Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485

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Second Year Experience

Prepare to Engage with Second Year Experience (SYE). The mission of the SYE program at Oakland University is to facilitate student involvement and continued academic success in second year students as they progress through their degree programs. This is accomplished through professional academic advising and other outreach initiatives that encourage students to participate in targeted engagement areas.

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Step 1

Step 1: Fall Academic Advising

Schedule an appointment during the Fall semester, ideally in September or October. Don’t know who your Academic Adviser is? Look on mySail to see who your Academic Adviser is or go to the find my Academic Adviser webpage.

At this appointment, you and your Academic Adviser will discuss several topics:

  • Your major: How do you know you’re in a major that is the right fit for you?
  • Your classes: Are you taking the correct classes for your major?
  • Your academic performance: Are you living up to your own expectations in the classroom?
  • Your opportunities: Are you aware of all the things you can do on campus?

As a bonus, you’ll also get an OU t-shirt for coming in to see your Academic Adviser (while supplies last of course, so don’t put off seeing your Academic Adviser)!

Step 2

Step 2: Engagement

As part of the Second Year Experience, you will be expected to participate in at least two engagement opportunities throughout the year.  Your Academic Adviser will talk with you about these areas of engagement:

Major/Minor Exploration
This is to help make sure that you are in a major that is the right fit for you.  You can also start considering what minors may complement your degree. Sample major/minor exploration opportunities include:
  • Major info sessions
  • Major expos
  • Group advising
  • Job shadowing
Research Engagement
If you are certain about your major, then it is time to become engaged in it.  Now is the time to learn all you can about the field and meet other students who are following the same path.  Sample research engagement opportunities include:
  • Department hosted event or lecture
  • Academic student organization
  • Meeting with faculty/program adviser
  • Attending an academic workshop
Career Engagement
Start building your resume and thinking about your career after graduation now.  Oakland offers a lot of great opportunities for you to start enhancing your career experiences. Sample career engagement opportunities include:
  • Major specific research
  • Internship or co-op
  • Career fair/internship mixer
  • Visiting an on-campus recruiter
Campus/Community Engagement
Focusing on academics is important in college, but gaining meaningful experiences outside of the classroom is too!  College is also about making memories, meeting new people, and having great stories to tell.  Sample campus/community engagement opportunities include:
  • Social student organization
  • Leadership & volunteer work
  • Sporting events
  • Performance events
Wellness Engagement
Taking care of yourself is important. Oakland University offers a wide variety of wellness for you to take advantage of as a registered student. Sample wellness engagement opportunities include:
  • Going to the Recreation Center
  • Attending cooking demonstrations
  • Intramural Sports
  • Wellness student organizations
Step 3

Step 3: Winter Academic Advising

In your Winter semester academic advising appointment, you’ll review those engagement opportunities from Step 2. The primary goal of your Academic Adviser is to ensure you are on the right path for your major, on track with your courses, and engaged on campus.

In addition to these things, your Academic Adviser will help you plan out next year’s course schedule.  To be prepared for full-year registration, meet with your Academic Adviser before mid-March.

Step 4

Step 4: Prepare for Your Third Year

It's time to prepare for your third year at Oakland University!  Two main items to complete are full-year registration and ensure you have engaged in your major.

1. Full year registration happens every year in late March and/or early April. Ideally, you should meet with your Academic Adviser and create a plan before that time. Register the first day registration opens for you so that you have the best selection of courses. Upper level classes tend to be smaller and fill up quicker, so you may risk not getting into a class you really need if you don’t register on time.

2. Have you gained experiences in your major that will either lead to a job after graduation or help you get accepted into graduate school? If yes, keep up the great work and continue what you are doing. If no, take action and talk to your Academic Adviser about your next best steps.

Complete the SYE Exit Survey sharing your input about the program and receive extra raffle tickets for the Halfway to Graduation Celebration event in April (YOU could be the winner of a PlayStation!).