First Year Experience Retention Initiatives

First Year Experience is devoted to making the transition to UA easy and enjoyable. They promote numerous events to help meet students and host a few themselves to help get students involved on campus. They also provide resources and information to help make your transition to UA a breeze. Check out the programs below to get involved with FYE!


BRIDGE meeting

BRIDGE is a community of undergraduate men of color at The University of Alabama. The experience introduces students to campus resources, such as academic resources and social resources. Each year, the experience starts with an August Kick-Off Event for the first-year men in the program and then the whole BRIDGE community meets weekly for the rest of the academic year. Students can sign-up for the Kick-Off Event free of charge at

August Kick-Off will be August 10 – 12, 2022.

Camp 1831

Camp 1831 Bama BBQ

Camp 1831 welcomes freshman and transfer students to The University of Alabama with the purpose of introducing what it means to be a member of The Capstone. It gives students the opportunity to make new friends, connect with faculty and staff, and most importantly, learn about the history and traditions of UA.

The 2022 Sessions are Session 1: August 8 – 10, 2022, and Session 2: August 11 – 13, 2022.

Compass Talks

Compass Talks allow you to set up a meeting with a staff member or student to help you set goals, get involved, and help you overcome challenges you may face during your first year. It’s a great way to get inspired and have a personal mentor to help push you!

Freshman Forum

Freshman Forum meeting

Freshman Forum serves as your opportunity to start your leadership journey at The University of Alabama. Whether this is your first experience with leadership development or you have explored multiple leadership opportunities, Freshman Forum inspires you to unleash the leader within to make a unique and positive impact in the world while developing leadership skills. Participants learn through interactive discussion, leadership training, and civic engagement.

Applications for Freshman Forum are due September 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Legacy Scholars

Legacy Scholars is a specialized program for first generation* students at The University of Alabama. The program is designed to build a community of freshman who are starting a new legacy as the first in their families to go to college.

Lucy’s Legacy Living-Learning Community

Lucy’s Legacy is a living-learning community (LLC) housed in John England Jr. Hall for women interested in exploring the historical significance and experiences of women-of-color at The University of Alabama. This LLC is named in honor of Autherine Lucy, the first African-American student to attend The University of Alabama. As a member of Lucy’s Legacy, you are enrolled in a shared academic course with other first-year women, benefit from mentoring and great resources on campus, and form a tight knit peer-group of women to share your first-year experience together. Lucy’s Legacy is a great way to build community in a small group setting.

New View

New VIEW  is where you find your place and find your people. This organization is for out of state, first-year women who want to build community and connections, foster lasting friendships, and promote college loyalty. The group meets bi-weekly and participates in group excursions as well as socials throughout the year.

Out 2 Lunch

Everyone has a favorite professor they would like to get to know better! Invite them “Out 2 Lunch”; swipe your ACT card at any dining hall or on campus dining facility (i.e. Starbucks, Chick-fil-a), and your professor’s meal will be reimbursed to your ACT card.

Peer Leaders

Worried about making a smooth transition into college life? Peer Leaders are upperclassmen who serve as guides for first-year students. They are assigned to freshman-oriented classes, so keep a look out for them if you need some extra help.

Tau Sigma National Honor Society

Tau Sigma National Honor Society is for transfer students with a 3.5 GPA or higher who will be invited to join in the Spring. It’s a great opportunity for new transfer students to help find their place on campus!