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.

Intensive Advising Program

The intensive-advising program fulfills the first-year seminar core requirements and is a voluntary, invitation only program. Placement is determined on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to those students recommended by the committee reviewing student applications. 

The program was created with the knowledge that many students find it beneficial to meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis to assist them with setting and achieving goals.  The first-year experience is about discerning academic interests, exploring majors, minors, real-world learning experience options, graduate school and career aspirations, and co-curricular engagement.  For students who are interested in a mentoring approach for academic advising, we offer an intensive advising option for first-year seminar.