STULIFE Student Services

First Year Programming

The First Year Experience program at Taylor is designed to make the transition to Taylor smooth and comfortable.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow students are committed to helping you become a contributing, active member of the Taylor community. 

Taylor has a 40 year history of addressing the specific needs of first-year students and our goal is to assist you in any way as you adjust to Taylor.  First year students are integrated into the Taylor community through curricular and co-curricular programming, which includes meeting weekly with a small group of peers led by upperclassmen student leaders the first half of the fall semester. We want you to feel at home and experience the Taylor community at its best.   

Taylor’s First Year Experience program can help you meet new friends and make the transition academically while providing great opportunities for you to know yourself and God in a deeper way.

IAS 101: First Year Experience

The purpose of the First Year Experience program is to provide continuing services that will support new students in their transition to college life. These services include curricular and co-curricular programs which help new students like you integrate into the culture of the university and help you in understanding your relationship to the intellectual, social, and spiritual climate of Taylor University.  The curricular component is a general education course—IAS 101: First Year Experience—in which all first-time freshmen are enrolled the first half of the fall semester.  Through lectures and peer-led small group discussions, the topics of campus resources, college adjustment, student engagement, holistic development, and diverse perspectives will be addressed.  IAS 101 is also offered each spring semester for new students admitted or returning to campus J-term or spring semester. 

O Groups

First Year Orientation Groups (O Groups) are small peer groups led by upperclassmen student leaders. These groups meet weekly for the first half of the fall semester and are designed to provide continuing peer support for first-year students as they transition to Taylor. In your O Group discussion group you’ll review and apply what you’re learning in IAS 101: First Year Experience.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the weekend each fall before the first week of classes, when first-year students move in to the residence halls and take part in the beginning of many Taylor traditions. Student leaders will be on campus to help you settle in and kick off the year before returning students arrive.

Transfer Students

Welcome to the Taylor family!  We are thankful that you have chosen Taylor as your school and know that you will grow spiritually as you integrate your faith with what you’ll be learning here. People all over campus are committed to bringing you a smooth transition and easy acclimation to your time at Taylor. We are so excited to have you as a part of the Taylor community!

Questions – contact Shawnda Freer, Director of First Year Experience

*The First-Year Experience® is a service mark of the University of South Carolina.