First-Year Service Experience

The 2023 First-Year Service Experience will take place Tuesday, August 22nd through Thursday, August 24th.

The First-Year Service Experience (FSE) is designed to provide incoming ODU students the chance to meet fellow Monarchs and get involved in our local community, all before classes even begin!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at or 757-683-3919.

2023 Registration is full and currently closed.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

  • Incoming students (first year and transfer) living on campus participate in early move in

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

  • Welcome Reception Lunch for all FSE participants and FSE Volunteer Leaders

Thursday, August 24, 2023

  • Day of Service! Participate with fellow incoming students and ODU returning student Volunteer Leaders, getting involved in our local community & giving back to those in need!

Frequently Asked Questions

Any incoming student who is new to ODU can participate, including transfer students and incoming students not living on campus.

FSE participants will move into their fall housing assignment on Tuesday, August 22nd. 

Commuter students are welcome to participate! Please fill out the above form in order to proceed with registration.

Service projects vary from year to year depending on the needs of the community. A variety of projects will be arranged and students will get a chance to sign up for the service project of their choice on a first-come, first-serve basis. Past projects have included community clean ups, working at homeless shelters, in community gardens, with the elderly, and in animal shelters.

Contact with information on how many volunteers you'd need and your project idea.

Please email or call the Office of Leadership & Learning at 757-683-3919 and we'll be happy to answer your questions!