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Optional programs

In addition to our required orientation programs above, there are optional programs students can participate in pre-orientation. You'll receive further information about how to apply for these programs in the coming months.

Project Thrive

Project Thrive is a program designed specifically for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The program provides students with community gatherings, a strong connection to the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, mentorship and off-campus excursions. Project Thrive supports students during their academic transition and helps them achieve cultural success. Please email with any questions.

Pre-Orientation Service Experience (POSE)

Open to first-year and transfer students, POSE (Pre-Orientation Service Experience) is an intensive three-day program prior to New Student Orientation that fosters incoming student engagement with the community around campus. Those students who apply to participate in POSE, which will run from Thursday, September 3 — Saturday, September 5, are notified of their acceptance via email. Space is limited in this program. Please email with any questions.