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If you have any questions about the content or organization of this event, contact Nina L. Glisson at (803) 777-8158 or

For registration questions please contact Jennie Duval at (803)777-3799 or

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Travel Information

Conference Venue:

Grand Hyatt San Diego
One Market Place
San Diego, California 92101

Phone: (619) 232-1234
Guest Fax: (619) 239-5678

Online reservations can be made using Passkey at:

Room rate: $199 single/double occupancy plus tax. Specify “National Resource Center/Annual First-Year Experience Conference” when making reservations.

Make your reservations early. The conference rate is available through January 24, 2014; however, the room block may fill prior to this date. Once the room block is filled, reservations are accepted on a space available basis and may not be available at the conference rate.

Self-parking is available at a rate of $28 per day with in and out privileges; valet parking is available at a rate of $38 per day with in and out privileges. Prices are subject to change.

Airport Transportation to the Grand Hyatt San Diego:
Taxis are located across the walkway outside of baggage claim and cost approximately $12 plus gratuity.

Airline Discounts
American Airlines is offering a convention discount of 5% off the lowest applicable published airfare. To make a discount reservation, please call our Meeting Services Desk at (800) 433-1790 from anywhere in the United States or Canada or go to and refer to Promotion Code 8224AA.

There will also be a separate ticketing charge of $20.00 USD for tickets purchased via the phone or $30.00 USD for tickets purchased at the airport. This amount is subject to change. At this time, there is no ticketing fee for reservations made and ticketed on The percentage discount can be booked online at for American Airlines and American Eagle flights only.

THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE is a service mark of the University of South Carolina. A license may be granted to registered conference attendees and others upon written request to use the term THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE in association with educational programmatic approaches to enhance the first college year developed as a result of participation in this conference series. This license is not transferable and does not apply to the use of the service mark in any other programs or on any other literature without the written approval of the University of South Carolina. The University of South Carolina provides equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina System has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator the executive assistant to the president for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office of the Executive Assistant to the President is located at 1600 Hampton Street Annex, Columbia, South Carolina 29208; Telephone (803) 777-3854.