Freshmen First is a program that bridges the gap between student life and academics.
It is designed to offer you the greatest possibility for success during your university
career and provides the necessary components to meet the needs of the serious student.
The Freshmen First Program provides the following:
- Double Room accommodations in Richardson Towers (on a floor with other freshmen and
select upper-class peer mentors)
- The choice of an 80 block, 160 block, or unlimited meal plan, plus flex bucks that
can be used at various dining locations on campus.
- Registration in the three-hour course, ACAD 1100. (This course is designed to assist
freshmen is in the orientation to their college experience. Areas addressed in this
course include, computer labs, writing skills, study skills, student activities, time
management, course scheduling, and more.)
Living in Freshmen First, we have a number of students and staff members who will
share their experience with freshmen and introduce them to campus life. Residence
Life will provide tutoring services for Freshmen First students through the Educational
Support Program (ESP).
Freshmen First works with the Student Activity Council, Residence Hall Council, various
departments, and Student Government Association to provide a wide variety of activities,
including study skills, movie nights, cookouts, recreational tournaments, community
service projects, safety awareness, and more.
Research has shown that living on campus, dining on campus, participation in the ACAD
1100 course, the educational support services, academic counseling, student activities
and leadership, are all essential elements to create a positive and productive freshmen
year. In fact, the Freshmen First program provides opportunities through an organized,
structured system for students to have significant contact with each of these programs.