First Year Programs

Aubie and students at pep rally

Auburn Connects!

The Auburn Connects! Common Book Program strives to promote community among students, staff, and faculty through a shared reading experience and accompanying related activities both in and out of the classroom. Each academic year the selected Common Book highlights important issues with the goal of promoting respectful conversations that reflects the diversity of thought among Auburn students, faculty, staff, and community members.

A variety of programs are developed each year around the Common Book that are designed to encourage critical thinking and promote societal awareness. These activities are incorporated into the Auburn’s Welcome Week, its academic courses, and other events at the start of the academic year including a visit by the book’s author. Academic colleges and student clubs and organizations are encouraged to develop educational and social programming around the themes of the book and many faculty members incorporate the book into their curriculum in Fall and Spring terms.

Auburn Connects

Exploratory Advising Center

Do you want to explore academic major possibilities? If you do, then the Exploratory (EXPL) major may be for you.

First-time freshmen may opt to enter Auburn University as Exploratory. As an EXPL student, you will have two semesters to explore different academic and career interests with the support of the staff of the new Exploratory Advising Center.

Exploratory Advising Center

First Year Experience

First Year Experience provides programs to help the new student make the transition into Auburn University life. These programs promote intellectual and social development leading to personal and academic success.

Camp War Eagle is Auburn's summer orientation experience for incoming freshmen. CWE is a 2-day, 1-night program intended to familiarize incoming students with Auburn's campus, traditions, and numerous student services and programs.

SOS is Auburn's orientation program for incoming transfer students. SOS is a one-day orientation program designed to make Auburn's new students feel welcome and introduce them to the many traditions, services, and programs offered on Auburn's beautiful campus.

First Year Seminars (FYS) courses at Auburn University help new students acclimate to multiple aspects of university life. Seminars are one or two credit courses and can be taken independently or as part of a Learning Community.

Learning Communities (LCs) are cohorts of 25 freshmen who are pre-registered in a Freshman Year Seminar and several core courses together, easing both the registration process and academic adjustment to college.

First Year Experience

Last modified: August 3, 2017