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First-Year Experience

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Application Process

Application Checklist

  • Complete this application.
  • A recommendation form must be completed (First Year Experience staff may NOT be used as references).
  • To verify your GPA, email a current unofficial Concordia University Irvine transcript (saved as a PDF from MyRecords to [email protected]).
  • All pieces of the application (including signing up for an interview) time must be completed and returned no later than Friday, February 16, 2024.

Required and Important Dates

FYE Staff will be expected to be available for the following 2023 dates:

  • Friday, April 5th- Student Leaders Kickoff
  • Admitted Students' Day (Spring Semester) and CU Soon (Mid-Summer)
  • Early August PALs return to campus and move into dorms (if not a commuter)
  • Early August PAL/Student Leadership Training
  • August 23-25 - Week of Welcome
  • INT 100 Section

FYE Staff Application Timeline

  • Applications available at the beginning of the Spring Semester.
  • Applications and individual interview sign-up due on February 16th
  • Individual interviews will take place during February. You will be sent a link to sign up for an interview from [email protected].
  • Group Interview for Select FYE roles will take place during the week of February 19th
  • Invitation Letters sent out Friday, March 8th.

Length of Commitment

PALs commit to the FYE program from date of acceptance in the spring semester through the Summer and the end of the Fall Semester.

Training Timeline

  • Spring Semester:
    • PALs participate in one training session during the spring semester.
    • Serve as Concordia Ambassadors for Admitted Students' Day
    • Find out PAL Pairings for the Fall Semester
  • Summer
    • PALs return for CU Soon Training mid-summer
    • PALs send new student emails to their WOW team
  • Fall Semester:
    • PALs arrive to campus two weeks prior to classes starting to participate in Student Leadership Training and WOW!
    • PALs participate in their INT 100 section and biweekly PAL WOWs

Fall Orientation

PALs will lead a group, either comprised of freshmen or transfer students, and will host various activities and events designed to help new students connect with one another and develop a sense of belonging on campus.

INT 105: Leadership Course

All student leaders enroll in INT 105: Leadership, a 3-unit course to help students grow their understanding of leadership development. Once this class has been completed, student leaders do not have to take this course again.

You can read more about the specific roles and responsibilities within the Office of Orientation and First-Year Experience on the Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) web page.

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