First Year Program
Whether living on campus or off, in the First Year Program you will be welcomed and supported by our team of professors, administrators, and upper-class student mentors committed to helping you make your first year on campus your best year yet!
The First Year Program offers support in the following ways:
- Building student confidence
- Identifying a network of educational and emotional support
- Determining specific goals for academic, physical, and personal accomplishment
- Encouraging involvement and participation in campus life
- Monitoring academic progress and encouraging academic engagement
- Fostering awareness of the value of a college education
- Creating a commitment to community
- While our program for first year students begins at Summer Orientation and Registration, it continues throughout the entire first year.
As you view the site, click the arrow buttons on the side of photos to view slideshows of events and activities for first year students.
Start Your Year Off Right at SOAR
The kick off to the First Year program is SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration). You and your parents are invited to take part in the two-day SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration) program held on selected dates through the summer months. About 80% of first year students, most with their parents, participate.
First Year Overview
Peer Advising is a part of the First Year Program where upper class students assist incoming students with their transition to the University both academically and socially. This is valuable both for incoming students and the Peer Advisors, as many skills are acquired throughout the intense training process to become a Peer Advisor.
First Year Seminar
To enhance the first-time student's acclimation to collegiate study, the University provides opportunities to develop the skills and methods that will promote academic success and personal development. In the First Year Seminar courses (LA 100, BUS 101, ENGR 102) students explore such topics as goal setting and decision-making, time management, personal mission statements, critical thinking, information literacy, public speaking skills, personal identity, and an introduction to a major, or exploring fields of study.
Freshman Focus Program
The Freshman Focus Program Series explores aspects of students lives that require personal reflection and critical examination. Education is about gaining knowledge to assist in making good decisions as students are faced with the many challenges and choices associated with college. Intended to inform, educate, and stimulate students in ways that are both educational and entertaining,it is a platform for an exchange of ideas which can be collectively shared.