First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives hosts a variety of programs to support the academic and social transition of students at UA. Each program is linked to its respective webpage, so if you are looking for more information, click on the program below!

Freshman Forum

Freshman Forum provides leadership education and training opportunities with an emphasis on civic engagement to freshman students.

Ignite UA

Ignite UA is a community-building program to empower first-year students to build relationships and discover their passion.

Out 2 Lunch

Out 2 Lunch is a program that encourages students to engage with their faculty members outside of class and over casual conversation to improve academic transitions.

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders are upperclassman student leaders that serve as mentors, role models, and supplements to the instructor in first-year student courses.

Transition Talks

Transition Talks are your opportunity to set up individual meetings with a professional staff member, graduate student staff member, or undergraduate student staff member to discuss goal setting, involvement opportunities, and challenges or successes you are facing during your first year.


For more information about programs, please contact the Office of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives at (205) 348-8404 or by email at