Welcome to the Office of First-Year Initiatives

We welcome you to the Office of First-Year Initiatives’ Transition Coaching program. At our office, we partner with students, faculty, and staff to encourage and promote your persistence from year to year that will culminate in the successful completion of your degree. We are thrilled to serve you and wish you great success as we embark on this new and exciting journey together.


Elizabeth Houlihan
Assistant Director of the Office of First-Year Initiatives


The OFYI seeks to promote student access, engagement and persistence for those matriculating or currently enrolled at the University of Illinois of Chicago. Through the cultivation of supportive relationships, advocacy, workshop facilitation and referrals, students will gain necessary skills to reach optimal success during the first year at UIC and beyond.


Students who participate in the OFYI Transition Coaching Program will successfully graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.