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First Year Onboarding Program

Two students apply dye to t-shirtsThe Office of Recruitment & Outreach believes that engaging students at the beginning of the Student Life Cycle is critical.

During the summer of 2019, we launched our First Year On-Boarding (FYOB) transitional project. The purpose of the program is to provide comprehensive services to all first-year undeclared freshman students that are not part of another specialized educational program.

The specific aim of the program is to foster a sense of belonging, build a supportive student cohort group, provide a smooth transition to the university, and encourage an early major selection pathway. In return, ensuring we increase our 4-year graduation rate in line with the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025.

Using the Student Development Theory as a guiding principle, the FYOB program goals:

  • Recruit and retain first year undeclared freshman students to successfully complete program benchmarks.
  • Assist program participants establish academic and career goals.
  • Monitor academic progress of program participants.
  • Address student needs through follow-up and referral services with collaborative partners.

The program uses a holistic model to coach, mentor, and implement intrusive academic and personal advising practices. This approach fosters a positive working relationship with the participants, assist in building trust between the student and the Team Members, and afford them the opportunity to not only learn about potential participant needs, but also provide them with viable solutions.

To learn more about the program please contact:

Saida Munoz Rivas at or

Erika Vazquez at