First Year Programming

The First Year Experience (FYE) program at Taylor is designed to make the transition to Taylor smooth and comfortable. Administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students are committed to helping you become a contributing, active member of the Taylor community. Taylor's FYE program will help you meet new friends and transition academically, while providing opportunities for you to understand yourself and God more deeply.

Taylor has a 40+ year history of addressing the specific needs of first-year students. Our goal is to assist you as you adjust to Taylor. First-year students are integrated into the Taylor community through curricular and co-curricular programming, which includes meeting weekly with a small group of peers led by upperclassmen the first half of the fall semester. We want you to feel at home and experience the Taylor community at its best.

IAS 101: First Year Experience

The curricular component of the FYE program is a foundational core course, IAS 101: First Year Experience, in which all first-time freshmen are enrolled the first half of the fall semester. Through lectures and peer-led small group discussions, the topics of campus resources, college adjustment, student engagement, holistic development, and diverse perspectives will be addressed. IAS 101 is also offered each spring semester for new students arriving on campus in J-term or the spring semester.

O Groups

O Groups are small peer groups led by upperclassmen and are the discussion component of IAS 101. These groups meet weekly for the first half of the semester and are designed to provide continuing peer support for first-year students as they transition to Taylor. In your O Group, you'll discuss what you're learning in the First Year Experience class, make new friends from across campus, and have a network of support as you adapt to college life.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend is the weekend preceding the first week of fall classes. First-year students move into the residence halls and are introduced to Taylor in a variety of ways.  Student leaders are on campus to help you settle in before returning students arrive. New students arriving in J-term or Spring, see the FAQ's for mid-year admits.

Transfer Students

We are thankful that you have chosen Taylor as your school. We trust that you will grow academically, socially, and spiritually in your time here. People all over campus are committed to helping you transition smoothly and acclimate to life at Taylor. You are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend where you will meet other transfer students and become more familiar with Taylor's campus.


Contact Shawnda Freer, Coordinator of First Year Experience

*The First-Year Experience® is a service mark of the University of South Carolina.