First Year Experience

First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives

Faculty and staff throughout Western Illinois University are dedicated to student success and support. Multiple offices focused on support and student success provide valuable resources to enhance the student experience: 

The First Year Experience Program is a university-wide program focused on helping all incoming first year students make a successful transition to Western Illinois University. 

The First Year Advising Center is comprised of academic support professional committed to student success.

New Student and Family Programs encompasses new student onboarding and orientation programs as well as specialzied focus for parents, family, and loved ones. 

Other valuable resources found throughout the Division of Student Success, such as the Student Development and Success Center, are dedicated to assisting students throughout their time as a Leatherneck!