First Year Experience

New, first-time college students admitted to Liberal arts and Sciences or General studies programs are required to take the first Year Experience course (IDS K105) in the first or second semester of their college program or before attaining 12 credits. Students in other degree programs are encouraged to enroll. This three-credit course is designed to help new students meet the expectations of college life.

Transfer students who have more than 12 credits from another institution and a GPA of 2.7 or greater are waived from the course by an advisor prior to registration. Students who feel they should be waived from the course for other reasons should inquire about the waiver process from an advisor or from the Coordinator of the First Year Experience Program.

The intent of the course is to acquaint students with higher education and to provide specific skills which will maximize students’ opportunity for academic success. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary learning strategies, life management skills, active participation in the college community, and critical thinking skills so necessary for any college student. This course is highly recommended for all other first year students as well, regardless of degree program.

For additional information regarding the First Year Experience, e-mail or call Jodi Calvert at (860) 215-9220.