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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

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First-Year Experience Annual Conference

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year. We invite you to be a part of productive collaborations, conversations, and relationships as we gather in Las Vegas this year.

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Conference Culture

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience is designed to provide educators from every segment of higher education a comfortable, welcoming environment to share innovative ideas, programs, tools, and research critical to the learning, development, and success of first-year college students. The conference aims to promote a comprehensive and engaging community open to a diversity of ideas, in which all delegates are given the opportunity and resources to grow personally and professionally. The conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging them to deepen their knowledge of the academic communities of which they are a part.

Conference Co-Host

Nevada State College

Conference Venue and Accommodations 

Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Room Rate: $229-239 single / double occupancy plus tax
Online Reservations  

Our room block is filled. As a result, reservations are only accepted on a space-available basis and may not be available at the conference rate. Reservations can be made at one of Caesars' nearby properties at the links below.

NOBU Flamingo Planet Hollywood | Paris Rio | The Cromwell | LINQ Bally's Harrah's


Parking and Transportation

Hotel Self-Parking
Up to 60 minutes: Free 
1 - 4 hours: $12 
4 - 24 hours: $15 

Hotel Valet Parking
Up to 4 hours: $18 
4 - 24 hours: $23 
Oversized vehicles: $28 per day 

Hotel Airport Shuttle
Shared Ride: Ride with others headed in the same direction $11
Non-Stop Ride: Direct ride with no stops in-between $48


Conference Discounts

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience is pleased to offer discounted registration fees to the following participants:

  • Conference presenters
  • Those registering before the early-bird deadline
  • Full-time graduate and undergraduate students
  • Chief academic officers accompanied by three or more fee-paying participants representing the same institution (full fee waiver)


Conference Undergraduate Student Fellowships

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is offering five undergraduate student fellowships that will cover the registration fee for the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. Contact Andrew Archibald at with questions. The application window for this conference has closed.


Conference Mentoring Program

Registrations Accepted
Now in its eighth year, the Mentoring Program connects conference attendees new to FYE work with more seasoned and experienced educators with a goal of enhancing the conference experience and providing additional mentoring opportunities within the Center's international network. Mentors and mentees are matched based on professional experiences and interests and gather at an exclusive meet and greet event that occurs just prior to the Opening Session on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Past participants, both the mentors and the mentees, have found the mentoring program to be an enjoyable and meaningful addition to the conference experience.