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Freshman First

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.

Living and Learning Communities

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First Scholars
Emerging Leaders Program

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Last Updated: 1/2/13