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Quest I: First-Year Experience

Quest I is your opportunity to learn about your campus and the resources that are available to you. You’ll meet new friends, learn from passionate faculty members who have designed courses especially for first-year students, and have ready access to an experienced Peer Mentor. Quest I is also the beginning of your journey through the Signature Questions and the entire University Studies Program (USP). Quest I is the perfect start to your new life on campus!

Essential Learning Outcomes

Your Quest I course will introduce you to UW Oshkosh’s Essential Learning Outcomes and USP while engaging your intellectual curiosity and supporting your transition to University life.

Signature Questions

Quest I courses introduce you to the USP's three Signature Questions and address one of those questions in greater depth. The Signature Questions are:

How do people understand and engage in community life?
How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?

Where Will Your Quest I Journey Begin?

In your first semester, you'll take a Quest I course that will introduce you to the USP and the Signature Questions. That course will be paired with either a Quest Writing or Quest Speaking course that will help you develop college-level writing and speaking skills. Not all Quest I courses on this list will be offered every semester. For a complete and accurate list of courses offered, please check Titan Web.

Elements of a Quest I Course

Learning Community

Not only will your Quest I course be paired with a Quest Writing or Quest Speaking class, it will also be limited to 25 seats. You will be enrolled in the same two classes with 24 other students, allowing you to make connections and develop a level of trust and comfort with your fellow students.

Peer Mentors

For your Quest I class, you will be assigned a Peer Mentor, who will help connect you to campus and to your classmates. They will take you and your classmates to at least two on- or off- campus events, introduce you to offices and departments on campus that can help you both academically and personally, and be available to discuss with you and help you through any difficulties  you may experience in your first year.

Co-curricular Events

As part of Quest I, you'll be required to attend campus events. There is an excellent variety of events on campus, from visiting speakers presenting on fascinating topics, to stage plays, international films screenings, athletic events, art exhibits, and much more.

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