About Us

The Office of First-Year Initiatives is committed to the following:

  • Open and deliberate communication with colleges and other support services
  • Building and cultivating meaningful relationships with students
  • Engaging in active listening to foster an environment conducive to personal and academic growth, while assisting students with understanding the purpose and goal of higher education
  • Providing timely and directed coaching, planning, and resource referrals, and a collaborative and supportive environment
  • Promoting student engagement on campus in ways that leads to student success
  • Advocating for and empowering students as they navigate the transition from high school to college
  • Respecting and valuing the diversity of UIC students, their perspectives, life experiences, interest, worldviews, and cultures
  • Liaising between students, advisors, and support services in order to foster a collaboration that results in student success