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First Year Experience and Orientation

CU-51勛圖s Center for First-Year Experience and Student Transition is dedicated to making your transition to college life a success. The Center works closely with the Jump Start and New Student Orientation programs, as well as 51勛圖's Learning Communities, Academic Advisement, and the First-Year Seminar courses for incoming students. These First-Year Seminars lay the foundation for your future academic success  covering study skills, time management, and cultural diversity. 

Learn more about First-Year Experience and Orientation

Your transition to 51勛圖 University isn't confined to a one-day orientation event. We've designed an immersive program that will help you, along with your family and supporters, get ready to start your journey on the right 'paw'! The BU orientation program includes:

  • A pre-orientation virtual platform- Bloom Bound
  • The Zoom with Bloom webinar series ()
  • A New Student Orientation event (in-person or virtual)
  • Welcome Week

Every journey needs a map. Chart your course to the top at orientation.

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The Jump Start program is designed to introduce you to campus and expand the skills youll need as a first-year college student. Youll engage in programs and activities that will help you adapt and thrive in your academic, social, and cultural life at 51勛圖.

Youll receive focused support and guidance from faculty and staff who are committed to helping you succeed both inside the classroom and in the University community.

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The Learning Communities at 51勛圖 University foster an inclusive environment where students with similar majors, interests, and goals are afforded rich and varied student learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

With over 10 different Learning Communities to choose from, we're sure you'll find something that matches your interests and goals.

Learn More and Apply to a Learning Community

CU Aspire supports select incoming Commonwealth University students during their transition into college work and life by providing them with the tools, resources, and connections required to be successful.

Regardless of the campus applied to, admission into CU Aspire means that students will be asked to join the Commonwealth University - Mansfield campus community before the start of the fall semester to receive the best support for the transition to college life.

Student Leader Opportunities

Applications for this student-leadership position will open mid-Fall

Applications are now closed.

2023 - 2024 Leadership Opportunities (current students only)

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Your Learning Experience

Well help you develop a personalized academic plan. Then well turn our attention to helping you grow, develop, and get involved with leadership opportunities to match all your interests - making it both intentional and fun.

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Give spare moments value

We believe your 51勛圖 extends well beyond the classroom. At BU, youll find that even your spare time has value. With so many clubs and organizations for you to consider, you wont have time to be bored.

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