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First Year Experience

The AISC First Year Experience program is designed for American Indian students seeking to establish campus connections, create life-long friendships and create a support system to facilitate the transition from high school to college, and enhance their overall academic experience.

First Year Experience consists of:

  • AISC Orientation Program
  • Oyate Yuwitaya Tipi Living Learning Community (OYT)
  • American Indian Studies 100 course designed for American Indian/Alaskan Native students
    • Fall 2018 Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. with Dr. Mark Freeland.
    • AIS 100 is a first-year seminar course designed to introduce students to academic success strategies including the development of critical thinking and study skills, identification of campus resources, guidance in academic planning and engagement, time management and goal setting. Students will also investigate wellness topics, contemporary issues, diversity and the land-grant mission of SDSU. In addition, this course is designed to expose students to the discipline-specific careers and their role in society.

Students are encouraged to attend the Orientation program, live in OYT, and register for the AIS 100 course to take full advantage of the programs and services. The AISC programming is designed to increase student involvement and retention by creating a meaningful community among American Indian students at SDSU and a sense of belonging at SDSU.

The First Year Experience strives to create a community that encourages a commitment to respecting and supporting each other while you navigate the pathways of higher education.

AISC First Year Experience Orientation Week

The AISC Orientation program is held in late August, during the week prior to the start of fall classes. It is an early move-in and expanded orientation for the SDSU American Indian students that provides the platform to discuss social, cultural, academic and professional issues that first time students may face.

By attending the Orientation program students are provided an opportunity to experience the SDSU campus environment prior to start of the semester with early move-in! Students will begin their educational journey by building a strong sense of belonging and connectedness to the AISC staff, SDSU community and their peers, throughout the week long program.

Orientation Activities and Presentations (may include):

  • Team-building ice breaker activities
  • Dinner with American Indian student organizations
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Student course audit with academic advisors
  • AISS Programs and Services informational session
  • Campus tour/scavenger hunt
  • SDSU Library tour

Priority registration deadline:

  • Varies.*
  • Sign up on MyState.(Once you log in, go to the "Resources" tab and then select the "Forms" section.)

Waiting list registration deadline:

  • Varies.*

*Deadline varies and will be posted on the AISC Facebook page. Please note if you miss the priority registration deadline your name will be put on the waiting list in the order that it was received.

Oyate Yuwitaya Tipi

The Oyate Yuwitaya Tipi (the tribes/people live together) (OYT) is a living learning community that is coordinated through the American Indian Student Services (AISS).

The OYT LLC is located in Mathews Hall and is open to all first and second year students who self-identify as American Indian OR who have an interest in American Indian historical and contemporary issues.

In addition to AISC events and services, OYT will host a monthly program for the residents. The programs are designed to engage students in cultural, academic, and social programming that will inform and enhance their experience at SDSU.

The online housing application can be found on MyState; students must list OYT as their housing preference.