First-Year Experience Excursions

The First-Year Experience Excursions are unique opportunities that connect First-Year students to other incoming and returning students through faculty and staff-led programs.  The First-Year Experience Excursions are optional and provide students a chance to meet others who have similar interests.  Students spend one night on campus in a residence hall and then go out into the Maryville community to explore St. Louis, discover the arts, tour a sports stadium, conduct a service project, or participate in action-packed experiences for the day.  Students who have participated in the First-Year Experience Excursions have had a positive experience and met some of their best friends.

The First-Year Experience Excursions will take place June 18-19, 2015. Students will arrive on campus on the evening of June 18 for dinner on campus, fun filled activities with other First-Year students, and a night in a residence hall. Students can choose among LIVE Action, LIVE Service, LIVE Sports, LIVE St. Louis, and LIVE Culture and Arts. The cost for each excursion is $25, which includes dinner on Thursday evening, lodging, breakfast and lunch on Friday, transportation to and from the excursion location, and all entrance fees. Students should plan to bring their own toiletries, linens, alarm clock, and comfortable walking shoes for the excursions.

Registration will be available in April 2015.

If you have any questions about the First-Year Experience Excursions, please contact the Center for Academic Success and First-Year Experience at 314.529.9477 or


LIVE Action

Get in touch with your adventurous side by choosing LIVE Action. Your group will have a blast at Sky Zone, the world’s first all-trampoline playing court. Together you can enjoy battles of dodge ball or just have fun reliving your childhood!  Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Chesterfield.



LIVE Service

Come spend some time playing with animals at Open Door Animal Sanctuary and the Animal Protective.  Volunteers help out by grooming and playing with dogs and cats sheltered at the center.  In just a few short hours, you will leave a lasting impression on your community, and you might make a few furry friends as well!  Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Chesterfield.


LIVE Sports

Participants of LIVE Sports will get a close-up view of the St. Louis Cardinals’ dugout and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium.  See the home of the Cardinals while keeping your eyes peeled for Fredbird.  Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown.



LIVE St. Louis

Come and enjoy some of what the city has to offer through LIVE St. Louis. With your group, visit one of St. Louis’ most notable landmarks and attractions – the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion.  Learn about St. Louis’ rich past as the Gateway to the West while getting a birds-eye view of the entire city from the top of the Arch.  Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown.


LIVE Culture and Arts

Delve into St. Louis’ culture and the arts. LIVE Culture and Arts encourages participants to see the world using their artistic senses.  Explore the City Museum, a famous St. Louis landmark, and discover your own creative abilities along the way.  Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown.



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