Eagle Achievement Center

First Year Experience

Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Parlett L. Moore Library, 4th Floor
(410) 951-3061

Start Strong, Finish Strong

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Your first year at Coppin is the most important one because you learn the habits and skills that will carry to graduation and beyond. That’s why we created the First Year Experience (FYE) to support first-time freshman and transfer students with less than 25 credits. We have 3 primary focus areas:

  • Student Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Career Services

The first year is vital to student success. First Year Experience starts with New Student Orientation and continues with co-curricular offerings throughout the first year.

You might have heard from alumni and current students that your college experience is what you make it. We completely agree! Consider FYE your resource to help you create a Coppin experience that puts you on the path to graduation, personal and professional success.

Student Leadership

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You’re already a leader in the making. Throughout the year, FYE sponsors student leadership activities where you’ll engage with your campus peers, connect with other first year students, and develop holistic leadership skills.

As a student leader, you become exposed to opportunities that make a difference on campus. We encourage you to become active and get involved in campus activities that prepare you to be a transformational leader in your personal, professional, academic, and social lives.

Leadership Activities

There are more than 50 student groups at Coppin that give you the space to grow, volunteer, lead, and have fun. Join a group that interests you or start your own.

Discover clubs and organizations

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Civic Engagement

There’s so much more to a college experience than just the campus and courses. Civic engagement lets you connect to communities through partnerships, projects, and other opportunities to build relationships that improve community interests, leadership, and learning.

Opportunities for first year students include:

  • Freshman Day of Service
  • Service Learning

Career and Professional Services

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As a first year student you will begin engaging with staff of the Career and Professional Services office building your resume and preparing for your career path. Get help with resumes, interviewing, internships, and more. Whether you have your career goals planned or you are uncertain of the path you want to take, the Career and Professional Services staff can help you on your journey to a successful career.

Visit the Career Center

Contact First Year Experience

We help you stay on track for graduation, navigate acceptance into program majors, and everything in between. We love connecting with students and are always ready to help. Email us at firstyearexperience@coppin.edu.

First Year Experience Coordinator


Director of Student Experience


Coppin Eagle Achievement Center

First Year Experience is a part of the Eagle Achievement Center (EAC).