First-Year Experience (FYE)

New Student Orientation is an exciting and informative opportunity for all new students! Through the plethora of activities and lessons that are crammed into six days, and between presentations and preceptorials, it’s easy for students to forget some of the things that they learn. Because of this, NSOAI has started the First-Year Experience (FYE) program.

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program consists of events throughout the school year run by Penn students and administration that are designed to assist personal success in college. These events aid in creating a welcoming community for students in their transition to campus by engaging them in programs related to:

  • Personal growth
  • Academic growth
  • Navigating campus resources
  • Academic support
  • Financial literacy
  • Social and cultural awareness

We are excited to announce that the Fall and Spring Events Grant is open for application! If you are considering hosting an event, submit the application today! Our office can assist with marketing for your event and/or grants up to $500. A maximum of $250 can be used towards food, drink & refreshments.

Please note that the deadlines for grant application are as follows:

  • Fall Events – November 1 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Spring Events – February 1 at 11:59 pm EST

All grants will be considered if submitted least 1 week in advance of the event. If you have any questions, please email

Some events throughout the year include:

Student gather around and signing their class banner.

Penn Traditions: High Ball to HeyDay

Class Board’s Econ Scream

Group of students outside
Students covered in colorful sawdust. Two students covering each other with colored sawdust.