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Welcome to the University of Louisville! The Office of First Year Initiatives (FYI) is part of the great network of people here to help make sure you have a successful and fun first year!


There are lots of great programs to get involved in from the moment Summer Orientation is over! Some of the programs you'll definitely want to check out are:

  • CAPS Leader Summer Mentor Program, where each new first-year student gets an upper-class student mentor who will check in with you online over the summer (July 14 - August 22) to answer your questions and share important information. How do you participate in this program?  Just be sure to check your UofL email!
  • Book-in-Common (BinC) is also another great way to get involved even before you set foot on campus in the fall! Every year UofL selects a book for the incoming class that relates to the experiences you'll have making the transition to college. For the 2014-15 school year, that book is This I Believe. Be sure to look at the BinC website for information and announcements related to This I Believe and check out these great resources!
  • Welcome Week is August 20 - 24! There are more than 50 events happening in those 5 days, full of fun and excitement you WON'T want to miss. There is so much to do and so many opportunities to meet new people and get involved (plus tons of FREE food and prizes), so don't forget to take a look at the tentative Welcome Week schedule!           

What are the CAPS Initiatives?

CAPS is the prevailing philosophy behind the Office of First Year Initiatives and the foundation upon which our first year programs are built. We expect students to develop and be successful across four main areas during their time at the University of Louisville, so we develop programming which will support students' growth and development in these areas:

CIVIC:
Introducing students to the rich diversity that characterizes UofL and developing students' sense of personal citizenship and civic responsibility on campus and in the community.

ACADEMIC: Acculturating new students to the University's academic environment, including sharing UofL's distinct academic traditions, expectations, and opportunities.

PERSONAL: Providing information and resources which support each student's individual development and well-being, both inside and outside of the classroom.

SOCIAL: Offering opportunities for students to meet and develop relationships with students, faculty, and staff on campus, and providing information and resources students need to continue those connections.

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