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First Year Experience

The Office for First-Year Experience coordinates specialized programs that help you discover a pathway to achievement in academics and your career.  During your first year at the College, you will receive coaching to help you build a strong network of support and supporters, and to ensure that there is strong affiliation with your major, your school, and the College community. The First-Year Experience provides the following programs and services to enhance your success in college:

First-Year Success Coaches

Every freshman is assigned a Success Coach, who serves as a resource throughout the first year. Success Coaches will begin communicating with you well before your arrival on campus, establishing an early connection that will carry forward until you transition to your faculty advisors during sophomore year. Success Coaches offer ongoing outreach and support, resource referrals, proactive advising, advocacy, and general assistance with navigating the academic landscape.

First-Year Seminar (CC101)

The First-Year Seminar (CC101) is a required course for all first-time freshmen.  Offered under the oversight of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities in partnership with the Office of Student Success, CC101 is part of every first-year student’s fall schedule. Through readings, class discussion, research, and a variety of written and computer-based assignments, first-year students will develop the strategies and skills integral to a successful college experience. A focus on critical thinking, participation, educational technology, and presentation helps students define themselves as learners, engage in campus life, and discover ways to contribute to an increasingly complex world.

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Living Learning Community


As a first-year student entering either the School of Social Sciences and Humanities or the School of Business, you will automatically become a member of the Connect Living-Learning Community. Connect welcomes commuters and residential students. Residential students who are part of Connect live together at Wingate Hall. All Connect students have the opportunity to enroll in linked courses, engage in academic and social activities, and participate in embedded academic support offerings. Peer and professional tutors, Success Coaches, and specially-selected Resident Assistants are all available to you as a Connect student right in the Wingate Residence Hall.

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