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Student Success & First-Year Experience

Life at TU / Student Success & First-Year Experience

The Office of Student Success and First-Year Experience (FYE) assists incoming students with their transition to Tiffin University through programs, services, and resources designed to prepare and support them socially, personally and academically. Our goal is to coordinate first-year programming that significantly improves the college experience, enhances student satisfaction, and encourages engagement early in the collegiate career.

F.I.R.E. is a one-day orientation session for students and their families to begin the transition to Tiffin University. Students will meet with a financial aid advisor, register for classes, meet other incoming students and upper-class leaders, and learn about career development opportunities and other student support services available at TU.


Welcome Weekend is a two-day event full of exciting activities for new students to help kick-off their college experience. It serves as an introduction to virtually everything TU has to offer. Welcome Weekend provides all new students a chance to make connections with faculty, staff and other students while being led by upper-class peer mentors.

three smiling students in white t-shirts from welcome weekend

Tiffin University embodies a student-centered, friendly, engaging campus culture. Convocation is a ceremony recognizing the significance of the beginning of the new academic journey with our new Dragon Family. Students are to engage in the learning opportunities that lay before them.

group of graduates in caps and gowns

All new students are assigned a Student Success Advisor (SSA) who provides focused attention on the success of students by providing quality and personalized academic planning and mentoring throughout their first year. The SSA serves as a main point of contact for all questions, concerns, and connections while promoting student motivation and holistic campus engagement. All new students meet with their SSA during their first year on campus to explore their academic and personal goals.

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The Dragon Education core is a required course sequence in the general education curriculum. DEC100/DEC250 aims to help each new student successfully transition to Tiffin University by building social connections, encouraging professionalism and improving academic preparedness. The course focuses on exploring and investigating career opportunities.

happy students in class

The Peer Mentor is an upper-class student who works with an instructor to co-facilitate the DEC100/DEC250 Engage course each semester. A peer mentor is an upper-class role model whose goal is to ease the transition to college and serve as a helpful resource to all things Tiffin University.

peer mentors

Dragon Family provides family and loved ones access to information about key dates and events going on throughout the semester, as well as helpful resources to assist family members of college students through the university acclimation process. Join our Facebook Group to connect with other families and ask questions.

The Dragon Family Newsletter is designed to reinforce the communication and resources between you, your student and the University.  Once your student has enrolled at Tiffin University, you will begin receiving the monthly Dragon Family newsletters, complete with key dates and events happening throughout the academic year, as well as helpful tips and resources to assist you and your Dragon through the college experience. If you do not receive monthly newsletters once your student is enrolled, please contact

Learn more about our Dragon Family group and helpful resources here.

photo of the faber family in TU gear