For the incoming freshman class, getting off on the right foot is important as they
begin their college years. The University of Memphis offers a variety of programs
designed to ease the transition from high school to college and help new students
make friends. It begins with New Student Orientation prior to their arrival and continues
into Frosh Camp, held the summer before their freshman year.
Since its beginning in 1994, Frosh Camp has provided thousands of U of M students
with the tools and tips to make their journey through college the best years they
can be. Camp Counselors, who are current students, strive to provide new students
with a sense of belonging at the U of M and an understanding of what it takes to be
The freshman year begins with Freshman Convocation, an event designed to further build
community among the freshman class and teach them about some of the traditions of
this great university.
A relatively new program at the U of M is Fresh Connections. Designed for incoming
freshmen, Fresh Connections are learning communities that use clusters of courses
all built around a common theme. Specially selected faculty then incorporate these
into their assignments and activities throughout the semester. Students in these learning
communities take the courses together to develop a deeper understanding of the material.
Support groups for studying and collaboration in learning usually result from these
Another program for first-year students, Freshman First, is designed for residential
students who want to focus on academic excellence. Additionally, many service learning
opportunities are available to first-year students.