Frequently Asked Questions

What are the First-Year Student Networks?

First-Year Student Networks are a non-credit opportunity for first-year students focused on assisting them in their transition to CSU.  Networks are made up of one upper-class Network Leader and a small group (approximately 5-25) of first-year students. Networks meet regularly throughout the fall semester and are based upon an interest, passion or identity to help build small communities for new students as they begin their college experience.

What are the benefits of joining?

The First-Year Student Networks provides the following:

  • Immediate connection to other new CSU students with shared interests, passions or identities.
  • Useful information about adjusting to CSU that can boost success.
  • Opportunity to immediately get involved in leadership positions, campus activities, clubs and organizations.
  • Opportunity to connect to a successful current CSU student who will serve as mentors and guides your first semester!

What do former participants say about their experience?

  • For me, the First-Year Student Networks provided an easier transition into college life. I quickly realized I was surrounded by people going through the same transition as me, and it was great that we could all relate to something we love, dogs. My Animal Lovers Network forced me to relieve my stress and homesickness by taking a break from my day to relax and cool down. I don't know how I would have survived those first few weeks of the semester without my group!
  • The First-Year Student Networks impacted my personal adjustment to CSU in a way I believe no other program could. In just one meeting I felt like I was already forming friendships and becoming part of a community. My Network also showed me a tremendous amount of what Fort Collins and Colorado has to offer.
  • I just felt like i it was something fun I could do to get my mind off things and just go have a good time, but it wasn't like a huge commitment or anything.
  • It really helped me! It was incredibly amazing to have that one thing that you could constantly rely on to do and get your mind off of the incredible load of stress obtained every day.
  • My personal adjustment was greatly impacted by the First-Year Student Networks. I was able to transition with ease and make new friends I could contact with any needs or help.
  • Applying and participating in the First-Year Student Networks was one of the best decisions I could have made. I learned so much this semester, and I'm sad that the semester is already over!
  • I made a lot of new friends in the program and the Network Leaders let us know that if we ever needed help we could always rely on them. Knowing that I had so many people to rely on helped me to feel more at home and welcome.
  • The First-Year Student Networks helped me to know that there were other women on campus who like doing outdoor activities who are not necessarily hardcore about it. They were all in the same position I am: new to the school and to the activities and resources that Fort Collins has to offer. It helped me to learn that, even outside of my Network, I could organize events with other people around me so that we can all familiarize ourselves with our environment together.
  • Participating in the First-Year Student Networks helped me to drop my guard and accept people for who they are. From here on out, I won't just judge people from a first appearance until I get to know them better.

When is the first Network meeting?

The First-Year Student Networks experience begins with the Kickoff on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Lory Student Center. You will meet your Network Leader at that time.

How long do Network meetings/activities last?

Typically  meetings or activities last about an hour, however, this varies depending on the specific activity that is planned.  Please ask your Network Leader for more details.

Can I join more than one Network?

Typically, students join just one Network as we'd encourage you to commit to involvement in that one group.

If I am in Key Communities, Global Village Learning Community, the Honors Program or the College of Business Mentoring Program can I still join a First-Year Student Network?

Yes, although some first-year students find it challenging to maintain commitments to multiple programs in their first semester.  Also, please note that by  joining a Network  in addition to these aformentioned experiences, you will have multiple upper-class students contacting you throughout the semester.

If I have questions, who do I contact?

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call Orientation & Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011 or e-mail Addy Rastall at