First Year Students

Each first-year student is assigned an advisor to help with the transition to college life. Typically, your first-year advisor will also be your First-Year Seminar instructor, unaffiliated with your intended major. A major advisor is assigned at the time you officially declare your major.

The First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar is a topical,academically focused experience designed to assist students both intellectually and socially in the first year of college. Seminars are intended to:

  • Introduce students to collegiate academic expectations
  • Develop communication skills and critical analysis/synthesis skills
  • Familiarize students with college-level research

Peer Mentors

Each seminar group as two specially selected and trained upperclass students who support the advisors and work during orientation and beyond to assist first-year students in getting established and acquainted.