FYE (First Year Experience)
The First-Year Experience program consists of SOAR, orientation, two academic courses, and a mentoring program. All freshmen are placed into a mentor group with 15-17 other freshmen. Each mentor group is led by a faculty mentor and a peer mentor. The mentors teach their group in the fall First-Year Seminar course and work throughout the entire year to help freshmen have the most successful year possible. During second semester mentor groups take Liberal Arts Seminar as a group.
Peer Mentors are an integral part of assisting first year students (primarily freshmen) to the rigors of college. Each Peer Mentor will work closely with a faculty mentor and a group of approximately 18 freshmen beginning in the summer and continuing until the end of the spring next academic school year. During the fall semester peer mentors will team teach the First Year Seminar (FYS) with a faculty mentor, and are present to provide support and encouragement to the freshmen in their group.