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How can I avoid the “freshman 15?”

Have you ever heard of the “freshman 15?” Most people believe all first-year students gain 15 lbs. during the first year of college. While it’s not likely you will gain 15 lbs. in one year at school, being away from home means that you have more responsibility in what you eat. College is a perfect time to develop healthy habits. Find time to exercise at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and explore the healthy food options on campus.


I have no idea what I want to study, what should I do?

Asking a college student what they want to do in life is a pretty tough question. More than 33 percent of freshmen are unsure of their career path. It’s OK to explore career options! Spend some time during the first year of college taking different classes and exploring different interests. With 60 undergraduate majors and more than 100 emphases, minors and options at UW Oshkosh, there’s something for everyone. Things will eventually fall into place!


Can I change roommates?

College is the first time in many students’ lives where they will have a roommate to live with. Incoming students are given the option of taking a housing survey that helps pair them with the best available person. If problems arise with a roommate, however, try to work things out with them, or even ask for help from the residence hall staff.


How do I get around if I don’t have a car?

While having a car on campus is convenient, it is definitely not necessary at UW Oshkosh. Walking from one side of campus to the other takes only about 10-15 minutes! If you do need longer distance transportation, the Titan Transit system is available to students for free. Looking to travel somewhere or go back home on the weekends? Check out the Zimride rideshare and carpool service.


How does UW Oshkosh keep its students safe?

Student safety is a priority at UW Oshkosh. One resource available to help students feel safe is the Safewalk program. This program provides trained Community Service Officers (CSOs) to safely escort you on and around campus during the evening and night hours. In order to reduce fears of requesting a safewalk while intoxicated, the CSOs will escort you without asking any questions. There are also blue light emergency phones located all through campus with a direct link to University Police for students, faculty, staff and visitors in need of immediate assistance. Another program is the TitanAlert system. This text message based system is designed to communicate any important campus information right to your phone. Whether it’s a severe weather alert or a campus safety emergency, TitanAlert makes sure that students are informed immediately. For other safety tips and procedures at UW Oshkosh, visit the campus safety home page.


What happens if I fail a class?

In the case that a student’s GPA falls below a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), they will be placed on academic probation. Probation is designed to serve as a warning that some things need to change. One thing students can do is to retake courses. University policy allows for repeats of grades lower than a C without an appeal. Check out the specifics to the repeat policy online. UW Oshkosh provides students with resources for academic staff—from tutors to advisers to a writing center.


I have a hard time making friends, where can I meet new people?

Moving away from home and going to college means packing up and leaving friends and family. Many times students begin college in a new city not knowing a lot of people. Don’t worry, this is perfectly fine! During the first couple weeks at UW Oshkosh, there are plenty of orientation events to help incoming students meet others and get adjusted to the college life. A great way to meet new people is through student clubs and organizations. There are more than 100 student organizations and clubs at UW Oshkosh.