First-Year Studies: Helping to create strong social bonds

Guiding freshmen as they get acclimated to our community

College can seem intimidating at first, and for many the prospect of being on their own is nerve-wracking. But, at Marian University, you’re never alone, and our First-Year Seminar courses introduce freshmen to the countless resources and people that can help them make their college transition a successful one.

Marian University’s First-Year Studies program provides each first-year student a Student Mentor to serve as a role-model and assist with course work. They help students explore critical thinking, critical reading, and critical questioning while putting social responsibility into action. Additionally, freshmen will also frequently connect with faculty mentors, who will offer guidance for developing their personal values, leadership ability, and strengths.

Orientation 2020

Orientation is one of the more memorable experiences Sabres will have in their time at Marian University, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to campus.

For new students living in residence halls, the two-day move-in process will still begin on August 20, but appointment times will be utilized to ensure we achieve optimal physical distancing throughout the process. If you are a new student living off campus, check-in will begin on August 21. Orientation will be held later in the afternoon on August 21-August 23.

Sabres should continue to check their email throughout the summer as more information about orientation and specific check-in dates and times will be sent there.

New Students

Transfer Students (those students transferring 24 or more credits)


For many students, entering college is their first time being responsible for their own health and safety. We can help get freshmen up to speed with our various Wellness offerings.

Leadership and Personal Development

First-year students need to explore their philosophies of leadership, as well as their own personal development. Personal values, leadership, and strengths are concepts being explored during the first year at Marian University. One-day leadership workshops, programs and retreats are planned to help students with their journey. The main goal and outcome is to help students explore who they are and apply what they learn to how they will serve their profession and community.

First-year students are encouraged to find ways to get involved in the Marian University community. During the first week of classes, students are encouraged to attend Club Fair, where more than 30 organizations are represented. It is recommended that students join two organizations, one related to their major and one that is social.

For more information contact Juliet Lockwood, Director of the First-Year Studies Program, 920-923-8723.

Transition and Adjustment to Campus

Our First-Year Seminar offerings aren’t the only way for new students to get involved with the campus community. We plan several events throughout the year to help individuals learn more about what life as a Sabre is all about.