College FYI


The goal of the College Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) is to create a community among Choctaw students, their college campus, and our staff wherein freshman students are empowered to make informed decisions and develop academic and life skills to become confident, proactive, and accountable participants in their college education. In order to achieve this goal, we’ve placed Choctaw First Year Experience Coordinators on the campuses of Southeastern Oklahoma State University-Durant, Carl Albert State College-Poteau, and Eastern Oklahoma State College-Wilburton to closely assist Choctaw students throughout their freshman year and foster success through graduation.

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Camp Chahta is for incoming college freshmen who are tribal members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Designed to orient freshmen with the campus and college life, students may move into dormitories early and participate in cultural activities, such as stickball, basket weaving, beading and language classes. The purpose of these activities is to create a close-knit community of Choctaw students and develop new friendships.

In addition, First Year Experience Coordinators work with students on financial aid, enrollment, and possible resources for making their educational experience successful. Advisors will review degree plans and verify course enrollments.

Through the College Freshman Year Initiative, sponsored by Choctaw Nation, students will continue to receive support. Weekly visits with their Coordinator keep students accountable for their grades and attendance. Workshops in time management, study skills and financial literacy, help them plan and be prepared for educational success.

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If you are a first-time freshman, Choctaw Tribal member, and are considering attending one of these schools, please contact our department.

Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2292 or Email: [email protected]