Off-Campus Life staff recognize that being a first-year commuter student at CSU is a unique experience that comes its own special challenges and benefits. Our staff is here to support you through your first year with special events and resources.
RAM ORIENTATION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF COMMUTER STUDENTS
Off-Campus Life hosts a special session during RAM ORIENTATION specifically for parents and families of first-year commuter students. This session will cover topics such as commuting to campus, getting involved, and support that our office offers commuter students through their first-year.
RAM WELCOME OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT WELCOME
Off-Campus Life hosts a special session during RAM WELCOME specifically for first-year commuter students. During this event, students will have the opportunity to learn about unique resources on campus, get to know their peers, and meet Off-Campus Life staff and their Commuter Student Program Assistant, a student staff position dedicated to serving first-year commuter students.
The Taking Stock Program begins with an online survey, which is sent to all new first-year and transfer students at CSU. Students complete the survey during the 4th week of the semester and are encouraged to reflect on their experiences during the first few weeks at CSU.
After the survey is completed, students are contacted by the Commuter Student Program Assistant to discuss their strengths and challenges, which are identified based on the survey data. The conversation is one between peers, and students who have participated in the past have appreciated the opportunity to reflect and discuss with someone they are already connected with that may have recently faced some of the same challenges. Students are also referred to campus resources based on survey data and one-on-one meeting discussions, and may receive outreach from their academic advisor or other members of their support network.
The Taking Stock Program strives to normalize the transition experience for new students, and to increase student’s potential for academic success and graduation.