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First-Year Experience

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You have made it to one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life…college! College is a time of growth and change for students and their families. During your first year at Lehigh, The Office of the First-Year Experience (OFYE) is here to provide you with resources and support to make your transition a successful one.

The OFYE also plans events throughout the academic year to support your living and learning experiences. We want you to be successful at Lehigh, and we will do everything we can to help keep you on the right track. We are excited you will be joining the Lehigh community and we want to help you make the most out of your experience!

Your first-year experience at Lehigh is named evoLUtion for its definition of a gradual process in which something changes into a different, more complex or better form.

In order to assist in your transition, we have broken down your evoLUtion into three phases:

  1. Pre-arrival activities and Orientation
  2. evoLUtion seminar
  3. 5x10 Program and Events


Ropes Course: What You Need to Know for This Weekend

You will need to know your evoLUtion seminar group number when you arrive at the course. If you forgot your group number it can be found by searching for your last name on the master list.  If you need to refresh your memory on your ropes course time, you can check on this document.  The eventbrite ticket confirmations all say that the event starts Wednesday at 4:30 and end November 4 - this is just the dates for the seminar! This is why you must know your specific group number and check the above documents.  If you have recently changed your group number or just recently signed up for evolution, your group number may not be accurately updated on our website. 

Weather: The ropes course will happen—rain or shine! In case of thunderstorms, the course will be moved indoors and an email will be sent at least 30 minutes before the course. Please check your email on the day of your course for more information!

Location: Mountaintop Campus

Transportation: Buses outside of Taylor Gym will take you to the ropes course location. The buses will leave no later than ten minutes before your scheduled session; plan to arrive at Taylor Gym a few minutes ahead of schedule. After you have completed the ropes course buses will return you to Taylor Gym.

Clothing: Wear closed-toe shoes. Choose comfortable clothes in which you can be active. The course is a low-ropes course, but you will still be outside, cooperating with each other among wires, trees, etc. (No idea what a ropes course is? Find out more here.)

Bring: You may want to bring a bottle of water and sunglasses or a rain jacket, if weather appropriate.

Your evoLUtion Group: When you arrive at the course, you will join up with your evoLUtion seminar group, facilitator, and peer leader. They will inform of you the date and location of your first evoLUtion seminar group meeting and/or one-on-one sessions. (Remind yourself about the structure of the evoLUtion seminar here.)

Click Here to view EvoLUtion Seminar Group Meeting Times.

The evoLUtion Seminar is a required fall semester experience geared towards helping new students in their transition to Lehigh. Through a series of group meetings with peers and 1-1 meetings with a faculty or staff member, the evoLUtion Seminar will help you to explore Lehigh and your transition to college. All first-year students must enroll in an evoLUtion Seminar and as part of the experience you will also enroll in a one-time ropes course experience.

To find seminar times that do not conflict with your academic schedule, please click the link above. Please note: when you sign up for a section, you must be available for BOTH the weekly group meeting time slot (50 minutes) AND the single-day ropes course trip (2.5 hours). The ropes course will occur September 14-18, and following that you will have 3 group meetings at your designated day and time. 

To enroll in your seminar click here. You MUST enroll by Wednesday, September 7th.

You may only choose 1 ticket time. If you select more than one ticket time, we will remove all of your entries.

Once you select a time, this will be your assigned time for the Seminar and ropes course. Please be sure to pay attention to the specific section you selected and mark the days and times on your calendar!

Fall 2016 5x10 Calendar 

View the Class of 2020 Welcome Kit here!


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Phone: 610.758.1300
Location: University Center, Room C112

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