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Office of Student Transitions and Strategic Retention


The Office of Student Transitions and Strategic Retention at Wiley University is dedicated to facilitating a seamless and enriching transition experience for all students, from orientation to their academic journey. We offer a comprehensive range of programs and initiatives to support new students, returning students, extended education learners, and graduate/online students. Student Transitions fosters student success, personal growth, and community engagement through innovative and impactful experiences.

Check out the video below to discover all the amazing new initiatives and updates awaiting you here at Wildcat Nation!
The OST Experience

Designed to welcome and engage the families of new students, providing essential information about university resources, support services, and how to best support their student’s transition to college life

A comprehensive introduction for incoming freshmen, including campus tours, essential information about university resources, academic advising, and social activities to help them acclimate to their new environment and build connections with peers, staff, and faculty.

Tailored sessions for students returning to Wiley University, focusing on updates, resources, and strategies to ensure their continued success and re-engagement with campus life.

A structured program aimed at helping first-year students transition smoothly into university life. It includes GESS courses, seminars, workshops, and mentoring opportunities designed to enhance academic skills, foster personal development, career exploration, and build a strong sense of community.

An integrated approach to career development that spans from freshman year to graduation. It includes personalized career counseling, resume workshops, internship opportunities, and job placement services designed to prepare students for successful careers post-graduation.

Programs and events that celebrate the rich heritage and vibrant campus life of Wiley University. Activities include My First & Senior Homecoming, Torch Night, Purple Soiree, Wildcatsgiving, Christmas on Wiley Avenue, and other traditions that foster school pride and a strong sense of community among students.

Embark on a transformative journey with Wiley University's Study Abroad programs! Immerse yourself in new cultures, gain invaluable global perspectives, and develop critical skills that will set you apart in the job market. Our carefully curated programs align with your academic and career goals, ensuring you gain the most from your international experience.

  • Student Life Designers

  • Student Career Architects

  • Parent Ambassadors

  • Mindset Mentors

The First Generation Wildcat program is designed to support first-generation college students in their transition to university life, ensuring they have the resources and guidance needed for academic and personal success.


To provide tailored support and resources that address the unique challenges faced by first-generation students.

To foster a sense of belonging and community among first-generation Wildcats.

To enhance academic readiness, social integration, and overall well-being.

Key Components:

Mentorship: Pairing first-generation students with faculty, staff, and upper-class student mentors who offer guidance and support.

Workshops and Seminars: Offering sessions on academic skills, financial literacy, career planning, and personal development.

Community Building: Organizing social events, study groups, and networking opportunities to create a supportive peer network.

Resource Access: Providing information about campus resources, including tutoring centers, counseling services, and financial aid.