JCSU First-Year Experience: From high school to college

Welcome to the First-Year Experience, we realize that the transition from high school senior to college freshman is a huge milestone in life. It can be exciting, scary, fun and stressful all at once.

We offer incoming students their own home on this campus to help them get used to life as a JCSU freshman. Our orientation programs are the gateway to your college journey.  We support, encourage and facilitate student engagement both on campus and in the classroom. There are 3 programs available to aid in your transition to JCSU and they are as follow:


Golden Bull Express

Golden Bull Express is a one day early advising and registration opportunity for entering JCSU students held in early July.  Future Smithites and their parents/guardians have an opportunity to get assistance with the completion of the 9 Steps to Enrollment, the university’s official registration process. 

Golden Bull Express was designed to give additional guided support to students and their families as they navigate the financial clearance process.  Students and families will be able to: 

  • Meet with academic advisors,
  • Register for classes,
  • Get to know your classmates and campus community,
  • Receive more information on financial aid,
  • Get a glimpse of life as a Smithite.

Golden Bull Express is not a mandatory program the enrollment and registration process can be done online.


For more information, please contact Ms. Vesterine White at vwhite@jcsu.edu or 704.378.3559. 

Pre-Semester Session:

Join us for a two-week pre-semester session designed for students who want to get a jumpstart on their education and obtain course credits early. This program is beneficial to incoming freshman because they get to: 

  • Gain an academic edge by obtaining 4 free course credits
  • Move on campus early
  • Bond with your freshman classmates early
  • Participate in social and cultural excursions
  • Participate in team building activities

The Pre-Semester Session is an amazing opportunity for motivated and proactive incoming freshman.  Students who participate in this program only pay the cost of their meals, however if a student is unsuccessful in his or her completion of the Pre-Semester Session or does not enroll at JCSU in the fall of 2018  waived fees for the Pre-Semester session will be assessed to the student. For more information, please contact Ms. Vesterine White at vwhite@jcsu.edu or 704.378.3559.

New and Transfer Student Orientation (NATSO)

Get prepared for a fantastic start to your academic, personal, and social journey at JCSU!  Prior to the first week of classes, all new incoming freshmen and transfer students participate in a one week orientation designed to help you make help you get settled in your new environment. 

You will be able to meet new friends, begin to develop a sense of belonging, campus pride, and obtain tools and tips for classroom success while building an appreciation for JCSU’s legacy in a fun and interactive way. Students take part in a variety of educational, cultural, social and spiritual activities where they:

  • Learn about JCSU traditions and history, including our best loyalty song and school spirit-filled chants.
  • Create a sense of community with fellow freshmen on campus
  • Build character, value and leadership skills
  • Participate in interactive and engaging activities that inspire good academic habits 

You are sure to have an Incredi-Bull Experience at NATSO FALL 2018! For more information, contact Ms. Vesterine White at vwhite@jcsu.edu or 704.378.3559

The information on this page is maintained by the Admissions Department. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1010.