University of Southern Indiana

First 40

Research shows that the first 40 days (6 weeks) of college are critical for students, and may be important in determining a student's ability to persist and graduate. What a student does during the very beginning of their first semester of college can set the foundation for the next several years of school.

To help ease students through the college transition, USI compiles a list of fun events and activities taking place on campus and in the Evansville community available to new students during their first 40 days at the University.  

These "First 40" events will help new students:

  • Connect with fellow students
  • Participate in social or cultural activities outside the classroom
  • Learn about opportunities for engagement on campus and in the community

Stay connected throughout the year on our EagleSync page. Upcoming events are listed below on the calendar.

Service Saturdays introduce students to the local community through a one-day service project. On Saturday, September 28 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., participants will volunteer at the local American Red Cross for an on-site workday. This is a free program that includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation. Participant applications are due tomorrow Friday, September 13. Upper-class students are invited to apply to be group leaders and those applications are due Friday, September 6. All participants must attend the mandatory meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m. For more information and to apply for the program, visit

First 40 Days Event Schedule and Information

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