The Ohio State University Alumni Association

First Year Experience: Not leaving success up to chance
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

First Year Experience: Not leaving success up to chance

Join Nicole Craven, Associate Director of First Year Experience (FYE), to learn more about how Ohio State has become a national leader in student success and retention.

She will discuss the history of the FYE office and the role it plays in supporting President Drake’s 2020 vision of access, affordability and excellence. From longstanding programs like New Student Orientation and the Buckeye Book Community, to newer efforts like FYE’s year-round and data-driven peer mentoring model, she will discuss the efforts that have helped the university achieve a nearly 95 percent first-year retention rate.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11:30 a.m. Registration and lunch
12–1 p.m. Program

Longaberger Alumni House - Sanders Grand Lounge
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Directions / Parking


$10 per person; includes a lunch

About the Speaker

Nicole Craven is an associate director with First Year Experience (FYE) at Ohio State. She has worked with FYE since 2005, helping new undergraduate students transition to college through programs like orientation and the First Year Success Series, and outreach and relationship development by FYE Peer Leaders. The staff in FYE partner with colleagues across campus to contribute to retention efforts and support persistence of our students into their second year of college and beyond.

A native of Upper Arlington, OH, Nicole is a third-generation Buckeye, earning a BA in English from Ohio State and a MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.

About Buckeye Smart

Buckeye Smart: Central Ohio Speaker Series is a lunch-and-learn experience hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Let Ohio State's experts teach you about the university's latest research, newest innovations and best-kept secrets!

Be sure to save the date for our next Buckeye Smart presentation on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Additional Buckeye Smart presentation dates are listed below,

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Please call 800-762-5646 to register.


Please contact the Alumni Association at or 800-762-5646