We welcome you to the Office of First-Year Initiatives, home to Transition Coaching, the Flames Leadership Network, UIC Summer College and Community Organization Partnerships. The Office of First-Year Initiatives partners with students, faculty, and staff to encourage and promote student persistence and academic success.

Services include: one-on-one professional coaching services for students in high school and transitioning to UIC, connecting students to programs and professionals available on campus and close collaboration with UIC support programs as well as local community organizations focused on post-secondary access & success.

Additionally, The Office of First-Year Initiatives coordinates the Summer College Program for incoming first-year students.

We welcome you to stop by our office anytime you need support, have a question or simply want to share your accomplishments!

We look forward to serving you,

Elizabeth Houlihan

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

  • Advocating for and empowering students as they navigate the transition from high school to college
  • 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
  • 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

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