First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Program is designed for first year students to enhance their experience and ease transition to University life. 

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Not only does it bridge the gap between the academic and the out-of-classroom experience, it also provides a holistic resource on which all first year students may rely for academic, social and personal support.

The First Year Experience Program aims to bridge the gap between academics and the out-of-classroom experience through intentional, interactive programming, dissemination of campus resources, and peer-to-peer interaction both inside and out of the classroom.

The Program features Peer Educators, highly trained student leaders with a minimum G.P.A of 3.0. These Peer Educator Resident Assistants (PERAs) live in the residence halls with the first year resident students. Additionally, these same PERAs assist in each Career and Self Awareness (CSA) 101 Course. They bring personalized experience and knowledge of upperclassmen to a first year course. CSA is a specialized course taken by all first year students, resident and commuter alike. It focuses on tools for academic and interpersonal success as a first year college student. From goal setting to study skills, this course will set first year students on a path toward self-discovery while interacting with peers on a collaborative level.

PERAs are also in the residence halls living on the same floors as first year resident students. They are not only responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the residents, they also plan and implement intentional, interactive programming that aligns with the CSA curriculum to bridge the gap between coursework and life outside of the classroom. PERAs build community with their residents, foster interpersonal relationships, and assist with the transition into college. PERAs address needs such as homesickness, academic and social balance, time management and study skills, and so much more. Additionally, PERAs hold weekly in-hall tutoring hours to assist with academic success. These knowledgeable and specially trained individuals also have access to the many resources on campus to meet the needs of first year students.

2017-18 Housing Application for Incoming Freshmen