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We are excited to offer a broad range of opportunities in 2022. Each trip will offer opportunities for students to get to know their classmates, prepare for their first year at the U of R, meet current students, administrators and faculty, and embark on a grand adventure! 

Each trip has its own unique itinerary with specific activities and themes. All FYJ trips focus on adventure, discovery, building community and reflecting on your experiences. 

When you're ready, fill out a FYJ Application!


Important First Year Journey Application Dates

  • Friday, April 1, 2022: FYJ 2022 Applicationis available. 
  • Thursday, July 7, 2022:  Applications are due. 
  • Friday, July 15, 2022:   Trip Assignments are sent via email to Applicants.
  • Friday, July 29, 2022:  Trip Payment is due. 
  • Friday, August 5, 2022: All Paperwork Due.


Front Country Experience FYJ's focus primarily the many outdoor opportunities within a day's drive from campus.  Front Country Experience FYJ's introduce students to skills such as camping, hiking, teamwork, and caring for the environment.  Front Country means that you will often times have access to restrooms, running water, and will be camping near basic facilities.  You will be participating in activities based around your campground.  All Front Country Experience FYJ's practice Leave No Trace principles.


In addition to connecting with your classmates, these trips are a great way to introduce yourself to opportunities throughout the Southwest.  No previous experience is necessary to attend a Front Country Experience FYJ.


Wilderness Experience FYJ's offer students the opportunity to spend multiple nights in the backcountry.  Students will work together as a team to backpack into a wilderness setting where they will set up camp away from many front country facilities.  This empowering experience offers opportunities to learn new skills, visit remote and peaceful locations, and be a part of a wilderness team!

There is no experience required for backcountry FYJ's.  Gear such as backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. are available to borrow.  These trips typically offer more physically challenging hikes!


Culture and Service experience Experience FYJ’s emphasize engagement and adventure beyond the scope of “outdoor recreation.”  These trips will have off-campus and on-campus components, with more standard amenities including beds, showers and bathrooms.  These trips will still have adventure and physical exertion, which may entail long days on your feet, travel to new places and opportunities for new experiences. 


If camping is not your thing, but you’d like to embark on an adventure and build a new community, check out our Culture and Service FYJ’s.