First Year Experience
The First Year Experience (FYE) is comprised of a number of programs designed to help new students make a smooth transition to Tarleton State University. For more information go to: www.tarleton.edu/fye or call (254) 968-9490.
Texan Orientation Conferences provide new students and their families an opportunity to become acquainted with the Tarleton Experience. The conferences introduce new students to their new academic and social environment. Students have the opportunity to interact with Tarleton faculty and staff, get to know other new students, familiarize themselves with campus, enroll in the first semester courses, and get answers to specific questions.
Texan-2-Texan is a first year program designed to prepare students for successful transition into Tarleton State University both academically and socially. Texan-2-Texan is held each August prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Participants learn about and engage in the university’s long-standing traditions, embrace the concepts of civility, integrity and diversity, meet and interact with student organizations, and participate in freshman convocation and candle lighting ceremony. Upperclassmen have the opportunity to serve as advisors and assist with all aspects of the Texan-2-Texan program.
Duck Camp is the popular transition camp attended by incoming first year student in August before school starts. Duck Camp assists new students in making the transition from high school to college. Student leaders, faculty and staff facilitate discussions and conduct activities that aid in acclimating students to the Tarleton experience. In addition, group leaders serve as mentors to new students by helping build relationships with others and offering guidance based on their own college experiences. Participants in this program generally exhibit an increased awareness of campus programs and maintain a higher retention rate over non-participants.