First Year Student Experience Program

At Morgan, we place special emphasis on each student's first year. Through research and our own experience, we know that the foundations built during the first year are critical to your success. Our First Year Experience program provides support to first-year students, their parents, and the first-year class mentors-both faculty and upper classmen. The program is designed to help incoming students maximize the first year by getting comfortable on campus, connecting with the university, and starting to think of Morgan State as home.

Learning in the University Community: ORIE 101, a significant component of the first-year experience, is a 1-credit seminar for first-year students. This mandatory course is designed to enhance students' adjustment and success with the University experience. Topics include the value of the collegiate experience, Morgan State University history, legacy, and tradition, review of University expectations and requirements, time and stress management skills, library usage, career choices, academic advisement, University resources, and selected academic major topics. This course introduces the development of leadership skills as an integral part of the learning process.

CASA Academy graduates who attend Morgan State University are automatically enrolled in the CASA Scholars Learning Community during their first year.  Learning communities offers a network of support to students by offering academic services such as tutoring and supplemental instruction, as well as constant encouragement through advising and motivational meetings.

Successful students at Morgan State are those who learn how to utilize resources, resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take full advantage of their time here on campus. The Monthly Throwdowns helps to promote this success by offering brief seminars and workshops on the common concerns and questions students have during their transition to and tenure at Morgan. There are several events each semester.