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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


First-Year Experience

Welcome to CFAES and The Ohio State University!

We know how overwhelming that first semester of college can be, but these resources, important dates, and tips can make it feel like a breeze!

2024 CFAES New Student Welcome Events


CFAES Early Arrival Program: Friday, August 16th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
More details will be announced during orientation.

CFAES Pre-Convocation Activities with major department and school: Monday, August 19th, 10 a.m.
More details will be emailed to students.

Peer mentors at early arrival program

Testimony From Our Students:

"The CFAES Early Arrival Program eased my apprehenison about starting college classes. It gave me a realistic view of what to expect, and I got to meet the amazing faculty and professors in my department, as well as my future classmates." - Ashley

"Attending the CFAES Early Arrival Program was an amazing experience. I was able to meet so many new people and be introduced to all different kinds of resources that would help me succeed and become adjusted to my new life here at Ohio State. This was also a great way for me to start putting myself out there after not having known anyone when I first moved in." -Jordan


University Welcome Week

Visit this page to see the events that the university offers to welcome students to campus!

First-Week Preparation

Review your class schedule and walk around campus to find your classrooms, including FAES 1100.

Explore dining services, recreational facilties, and study spaces.

Review your class' syllabi on Carmen Canvas and purchase all required materials prior to class.

Connect with your Peer Mentor and go to CFAES Pre-Convocation and University Convocation with them.

Download the OSU App to see your class schedule, bus routes, your BuckID balances and more!

Peer Mentor Program

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Peer Mentors are returning upperclassmen who serve as a contact person to new students, first-year students, transfer students, transition students, and honors students in the College.

You will be assigned a CFAES Peer Mentor to help you through your first year at OSU. This mentor will be several things for you including: answering all of your questions about campus, the college, co-curricular activities; connect you to faculty and staff; help answer questions about policies and procedures (example: class scheduling), etc. Your peer mentor will be your go-to person in CFAES!

One of the first things they will do is reach out to you to answer any of your pre-arrival questions. Once on campus, they will attend welcome events with you, show you around campus and where your classes take place, show you the dining halls, introduce you to new people, and generally be there as your first contact/friend at OSU. They will also attend the FAES 1100 recitation sessions with you. You MUST be in contact with them before the semester starts as they help to take you to welcome events on the Monday before classes start. Feel free to reach out to them with any and all questions you have and they can help get you to the right person or place.

Learn more about your Peer Mentor here!


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First-Year Experience FAQs