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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 CUI 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 Monday March 22nd, 2021.

Required and Important Dates

Peer Advising Leaders will be expected to be available for the following 2021 dates:

  • Friday, March 26th Student Leaders Kickoff
  • CU Premiere (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 20-22nd - Student Orientation Activities and Registration

PAL Application Timeline

  • Applications available at the beginning of the Spring Semester.
  • Applications and individual interview sign-up due on Monday, March 22nd
  • Individual Interviews set up through the [email protected] for the week of March 22nd.
  • Invitation Letters sent out Friday, March 26th.

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 3-4 training sessions during the spring semester.
    • Serve as Concordia Ambassadors for CU Premier
    • Find out PAL Pairings for the Fall Semester
  • Summer
    • PALs return for CU Soon Training mid-summer
    • PALs meet their new students for the first time at CU Soon mid-summer
  • Fall Semester:
    • PALs arrive to campus a week and a half prior to classes starting to participate in Student Leadership Training and Fall Orientation!

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.


Freshman PALs

  • Plan and oversee 4 social events to help new students connect with one another as well as the campus community.
  • Assist new students in INT 100 by leading activities and classroom discussions to help student engage in the content and feel comfortable participating in classroom engagement
  • Meet individually with new students to see how they are transitioning to the university and provide on-going support through their first year at Concordia.

Transfer PALs

  • Plan and oversee 4 social events to help new students connect with one another as well as the campus community.
  • Meet with new students to see how they are transitioning to the university and provide on-going support through their first year at Concordia.

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.

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