First Year Experience (FYE)
Programs & Events

FYE coordinates a variety of programs and events throughout the year. These programs and events are designed to help new first year & transfer students and their parents & family members to become engaged and connected to the campus community.

Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation Program
August 9-12, 2015
The Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation Experience take place August 9-12, immediately prior to the rest of the new student move-in and Tiger Impact Fall Orientation Weekend.
Golden Beginnings is an opportunity for you to meet new friends, get connected to FHSU staff and resources, learn FHSU traditions, and engage in high-energy activities to catch the FHSU spirit!

You will have an opportunity to choose from the following two tracks, each capped at a maximum of 30 participants: 

  • Golden Beginnings: Serv2Succeed - this track will engage students in volunteer and community service experiences throughout the Hays community while developing leadership skills and engaging in purposeful reflection.
  • Golden Beginnings: Horizons - this track will engage students in a meaningful dialogue regarding identity development and cultural competency.

Registration forms will be accepted as they are received until we reach the 30-student maximum capacity for each track or by Friday, July 24.

Register HERE. 


Summer Send-off Events
Co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions & the Alumni Association
Summer Send-off Events provide an opportunity for you & your family members to meet alumni, returning students, other new students and their family members from your geographic area in a casual setting prior to arriving at FHSU for Tiger Impact. These events include food, fun and the Tiger spirit! Put on your Tiger Gold & meet up with other Tigers!

2015 Schedule of Send-offs (check back frequently as this list will be updated as new events are added):
          Kansas City - Sunday, July 19, 1 - 3 PM, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Pinnacle Room (11902 Lowell Ave, Overland Park)
          Topeka - Sunday, July 19, 5 - 7 PM, Home of Ed & Amy '96 Duensing (5221 SE Stubbs Road, Tecumseh)
          Wichita - Sunday, July 26, 2 - 4 PM, Sedgwick County Extension Office (7001 W 21st St North, Wichita)
          Hays - Tuesday, July 28, 6 -  9 PM, Robbins Center (FHSU campus)
          Garden City - Sunday, August 2, 4 - 6 PM, Ward's Garden Center (2703 N Hwy 83, Garden City)

Register HERE.


Adult Learner Orientation
August 10, 2015, 7 - 8:30 PM
Forsyth Library Room 015

A specialized program for new on-campus adult learner students will be held during the week of August 11-15. Check back in July for more information about this specialized orientation program.

Register HERE.


TRANSFERmation Student Orientation
August 13, 2015, 10 AM - Noon
Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union 2nd Floor
Welcome to the Tiger Family! This is the perfect event for you to successfully transition into FHSU. Why should you come? FREE food, FREE t-shirt and opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other transfer students. Attendance is strongly encouraged.

Early registration is closed. Registration is not required - please join us as a walk-in student.


 Fort Hays Firsts
Are you the first student in your family to attend college? Fort Hays Firsts is a new program that supports first year, first generation students' transition from high school to FHSU. Fort Hays Firsts is a campus-wide network of students, staff & faculty who create a community of support as they coach you through adjustment challenges & teach you  how to navigate FHSU resources. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to connect with a member of this network to engage in focused dialogue on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • What does it mean to be a Fort Hays First?
  • Money Talks: How do I discuss finances with my family?
  • It's my dream: Reconnecting with my family & friends.
  • Where do I go from here? Finding & maintaining a mentor.

Mark your calendar to attend the Fort Hays Firsts Kickoff Event on Friday, August 15, at 2:30 PM in the Memorial Union Trails Room.

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