First Year Experience

Your first-year experience will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced! From a full-blown week of fun planned just for you in STAMPEDE to courses and communities created just for you in FYSMs and FIGs, there’s a lot to love about your first year at HSU.

We’ve been waiting, planning, and preparing for you to be on campus. So, make the most of your new-found freedom, your growing faith, your new friends, and your personal faculty in your first-year experience!


Designed to make your transition smooth and comfortable, STAMPEDE offers everything from fun activities to valuable information. You don’t want to miss this memorable time!

First-Year Seminars

Required of your first semester, each course provides specialized content as well as a general overview of helpful resources for new students. For the first time, you’ll discover the HSU difference: the spirit of Christ’s love in faculty, the education enlightened by faith.

Gilbert Games

You and your FYSM classmates compete throughout the fall semester against other FYSMs for some great prizes! Competition presents itself in attending events and playing games. Top three win prizes!

First Year Interest Groups

Offering an elite experience to you, these communities significantly impact student success. You’ll be at the heart of a like-minded group of students, growing and learning together.

First-Year Mentors

Here to support you, First-Year Mentors are upper-class students assigned to STAMPEDE groups and First-Year Seminars. These students come alongside you to assist and enhance your first year, providing their experiences and knowledge.