Brigham Young University. Office of First-Year Experience

The Office of First-Year Experience, formerly known as the Freshman Year Office, was established in 2004 as part of Undergraduate Education. The Office was overseen by an associate dean from 2004-2009, R. Steven Turley, and since 2009 has been administered by an assistant dean, currently Heather Hammond (2009-present).

Variant names

Brigham Young University. First-Year Experience Office.


Established: 2004

Location: Provo, Utah (2004- )


The Office of First-Year Experience was created to help new students to Brigham Young University adjust to university life at this institution by helping them develop ways of thinking, helping them make connections with faculty, staff, and other students, helping them become familiar with the campus and campus resources, and giving them a greater sense of vision with regards to university education through understanding the mission of Brigham Young University. Specific implementations of these goals include New Student Orientation, supervised by the Office, and the freshman seminars and peer mentoring services offered by the Office. Freshman Academy was administered by the Office of First-Year Experience until 2009, when it became a separate division of Undergraduate Education.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Office of First-Year Experience oversaw the Freshman Academy Office and program until 2009; it also coordinates New Student Orientation. An associate dean, reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Education, directly supervised the Office of First-Year Experience until 2009, when a change in structure saw the Office supervised by an assistant dean.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Undergraduate Education (2004- )

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Freshman Academy (2004-2009)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Freshman Year Office (2004)


Brigham Young University 2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 59 (formerly Freshman Year Office)

Brigham Young University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 57 (Office supervised by Associate Dean [R. Steven Turley])

Brigham Young University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 79 (First-Year Experience Office)

Brigham Young University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog WWW Site, Jan. 7, 2010: Undergraduate Education Page (Office exists to assist new students in transitioning to university life; coordinates New Student Orientation; oversees Freshman Academy Office/program; helps students to develop habits of mind, make connections, become acquainted with campus, and improve sense of purpose and motivation through understanding BYU; provides incoming students with the necessary information about campus resources; provides freshman seminars and peer mentoring services)

Brigham Young University Freshman Academy WWW Site, Jan. 7, 2010: Freshman Academy Organization page (division of Undergraduate Education)

Brigham Young University Office of First-Year Experience WWW Site, Jan. 5, 2010: HTML header (Office of First-Year Experience)

Brigham Young University Undergraduate Education WWW Site, Jan. 12, 2010: Contact page (Assistant Dean over Office of First-Year Experience [Heather Hammond])

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2010-00002

Creator: UPB