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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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First Year Resources

These resources empower first-year students to achieve academic success, get connected to the university and learn how to successfully get back on track academically.

COM 1100
COM 1100 is a first-year seminar course designed to help new students successfully transition to Oakland University. Students who take COM 1100 are more likely to excel academically and graduate than students who do not enroll in the course. COM 1100 is a one-credit, graded elective course taught by student services staff every fall. Class size is 25 students to allow for meaningful classroom discussion.

Course Goals:
  • Explore personal strengths, abilities and interests and how they contribute to their college experience.
  • Learn skills for successfully navigating the college environment.
  • Learn about OU campus resources and how to use them.
  • Build positive relationships with peers, faculty and staff.
How to Sign Up:

Students may register for this class during orientation or any time before the start of the fall semester
Student Testimonials
“COM 1100 was an excellent way to start my college career. It really helped me to get to know the campus. It was fun and very informative. The instructors were great! They felt like friends I could go to whenever I needed help.”

“This class established a positive atmosphere where all students could feel comfortable with themselves and others. I think it helps students communicate and become more open minded.”

“I loved this class! The activities were fun and interesting. It was one class that I always looked forward to. I wish I could keep this class both fall and winter semester. I will truly miss it!”

“COM 1100 was a great experience for me. Through discussions and other fun activities, I learned what it takes to be a successful student at Oakland University. After this course, I knew what I had to do to reach my goals.”

“I was able to explore my major and decide further what I wanted to do with my life.”
Residential Academic Services
University Housing's student success services empowers undergraduate students to engage actively in the learning process. We provide free services and support to all on-campus residents through peer mentoring support and living learning communities. By utilizing housing resources and meeting with the student success staff, students can take positive steps toward reaching their fullest potential.

Common areas of support:
  • Time management
  • Note-taking
  • Transitional concerns
  • Test-taking
  • Study skills
  • Academic probation
  • Academic involvement
Academic Peer Mentors
How They Help
Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) live in the residence halls and apartments, and offer free tutoring at various locations that include Hamlin and Oak View halls. Tutor nights are held Monday-Thursday from 8 - 11 p.m. in both locations.

The APMs also host workshops and online chats in topics like time management, motivation and goal-setting. If you would like to reach an APM for support, please email OUAPM@oakland.edu or call (248) 370-3323.
Living Learning Communities
First-year students who live in one of OU's living-learning communities can maximize engagement in their major through special programming and academic connections with faculty staff and their peers.

Contact University Housing for details on the living-learning communities listed below. You can register to live in a living-learning community when you apply for housing online. If you've already submitted a contract and did not indicate your interest in a living-learning community, please contact our front desk at (248) 370-3570.

My First-Year Experience
Students who live in this community will explore a variety of academic majors and careers by engaging in activities that promote the development of academic social networks. Residents also have the opportunity to take field trips to places like the Detroit Institute of Arts and a variety of other metro Detroit locations.

Engineering
Students with a major in the School of Engineering and Computer Science will live with other future engineers and have the opportunity to participate in off-site field trips to local businesses.

Pre-Business
Students with a major in the School of Business Administration will develop a deeper understanding of Oakland's business program and participate in academic and leadership workshops.

Pre-Nursing
Students interested in applying for the nursing program will receive mentoring from current nursing students and participate in experiential learning opportunities within the School of Nursing.
Academic Coaching

Looking for strategies to help boost your success in the classroom? Been guilty of procrastinating in your classes? Academic coaching services might be a great fit for you!

The academic coach is here to help you:

  • Create an individualized plan to organize your semester
  • Develop research-based study methods and habits
  • Learn time management techniques
  • Improve note-taking skills during lectures
  • Plan and implement study plans for mid-terms and finals

Workshops on study skills, exam prep and procrastination will be offered on a variety of days and times each semester. 

There are 3 easy ways to utilize academic coaching services:

  • Talk with your FYAC adviser about scheduling an individualized appointment
  • Email the academic coach, Mariana Allushuski, directly at allushuski@oakland.edu to set up an individualized appointment
  • Visit oakland.edu/fyac/fyacworkshops to sign up for summer 2019 College Success Series workshops
Academic Probation

Academic probation is determined at the end of each semester after official grades are completed. If your cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0 you will be placed on academic probation.

The First Year Advising Center (FYAC) is committed to helping you get back on track. You are encouraged to meet, call or e-mail your adviser directly.

Probation FAQs

As a student on probation, you may have a few questions about the process and where to go from here. Please visit the Probation FAQ page to answer any questions you may have and for additional details about your probation status.

Resources

The below resources are available to educate you in the process of improving your academic standing and overall success at OU. Connect with them to learn about your next steps.

Student Financial Services

Office of the Registrar

Additional Support

Drop-In Hours

Open Drop-In Hours

Wednesday, January 2 - Thursday, January 17 | 8 am - 5 pm (Wednesdays open until 6:30 pm)