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Involvement and participation are key to finding success in the first year. There are a number of events and activities coordinated by the first year experience office throughout the course of the year which help students achieve their goals. In addition, several student organizations offer you the opportunity to maximize your first year and dive right into a variety of new experiences. So what are you waiting for? Take the initiative and make your firsts matter!

The First Year Experience Opening Team

Always O-utstanding. Definitely O-utrageous. Truly O-riginal.

The O-Team is a group of upper-class students who volunteer to help welcome the incoming class of first year students each year in August/September. You can be a member of the O-Team as long as you bring a high level of enthusiasm and dedication to welcoming students to the university.

O-Team assists in coordinating and implementing the First Year Day of Service and Opening Day which includes Convocation, FYRE, and several other events.  As a member of the O-Team, you will also have a chance to stay connected throughout the year at other programs and activities sponsored by FYE. O-Team members are positive role-models for first year students and possess knowledge of campus resources, student organizations, processes, and university events/activities. The primary mission of O-Team is to ensure that first year students have an awesome start to their first year at Salem State University.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society for first year students. Its mission is to "encourage superior academic promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society." Congrats to this year’s inductees!

The emerging scholars program is an initiative at Salem State University designed to bring together, support and motivate rising potential first year students. Participants are selected to participate after a review of admissions materials and have opportunities to sign up for one on one meetings with full-time academic success coaches, participate in group meetings, attend programs and events related to achieving success in the classroom, and make new friends in a fun environment.

In addition to their success coach, students also have an opportunity to work with and learn from each other through their experiences in various workshops covering such topics as: time management, networking, community service, campus lifestyle and many more! The emerging scholars program is a tremendous opportunity to launch your college career. 

For more information on the program, please contact

First Year Advisory Board

The first year advisory board (FAB) is an easy way for first year students to get involved at Salem State University in a fun and simple way during their first year. Founded in 2012, the First-Year Advisory Board actively looks for feedback from first year students in how to improve their experience at the university. Anyone can become a member of FAB, and since first year students are busy being involved with a lot during their first year there aren't an overwhelming number of meetings or events when serving on the board. Congrats to the members of our coordinating board. To find out more information, or to sign up to be a part of FAB, like "FAB First-Year Advisory Board" on Facebook. FAB representatives will be at orientation to answer any questions you may have.

Outstanding First Year Advocate Award

The Outstanding First Year Advocate Award recognizes faculty, staff and upper-class students staff/leaders who have made a positive impact on the first year experience. In support of the university’s focus on first-year student success and retention efforts, these awards allow the community to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated a specific commitment to and impact on first year student learning, development and success. Learn more about the award and this year’s recipients.

First Year Arts Community

The Salem State First Year Arts Community (FYAC) is an opportunity for incoming first year and transfer students to connect with each other, collaborate on artistic initiatives, and become more inspired through creative endeavors.Every student, regardless of major, who is passionate about art, creative writing, dance, film, music, photography, theatre, and any form of visual or performing arts is invited to participate and express themselves. Learn more about the community, upcoming events and news.

Viking Plunge

Are you excited to plunge into your first year! No, we don't mean jump into the ocean (though how lucky are we to have the waterfront just a few blocks away). Instead we want you to dive into every experience you can. Immerse yourself in the activities, events and culture that is unique to the Salem State University community. This is your first year so make the most of it.

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