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Oklahoma State University
First Year Success

The transition to college can be overwhelming.  By connecting new students with campus resources and opportunities, the First Year Success Office provides a pathway that allows Freshman students to succeed at their highest capacity.


"EMPOWER: Institute for Freshman Engagement and Leadership" provides (yearlong)

  • Training
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Self-discovery
  • Mentorships

Participants will gain additional support to build or enhance their foundation to tackle academic, social, and financial barriers that could impede success. First time/full time freshmen may apply to the EMPOWER program at the beginning of each semester. Accepted students work within a cohort assigned to an engagement specialist to build relationships within their cohort, engage with FYS peer mentors and Residential Life ambassadors, and receive training in academic success areas, leadership, financial literacy, and other areas. The structured programming utilizes campus resources as students build connections and gain experience working with peer and professional mentors. Participants who successfully complete the program receive a financial incentive at the end of each freshman year semester.

Financial Planning Counselors:

Financial planning counselors provide individualized financial strategies and recommendations to leverage campus resources and opportunities to address student needs. They work in collaboration with Scholarships and Financial Aid to address immediate monetary needs of first year students via intervention activities, education, and financial counseling.  In addition, they counsel students regarding:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Strategies to overcome financial setbacks
  • Mapping out plans for funding the student’s education