The transition from high school to the college environment can be a challenging experience for many freshman students. Since the 1980s, the first-year experience of students has become a focal point and area of concern for colleges and universities. Most colleges and universities in the United States have constructed some form of programming to engage this population of students to assist in the transition into the academic and social college environment.
In order to provide students with the necessary academic and social support when the first-year transitions, most of the not all colleges and universities have created some form of first-year activity. These activities may consist of orientation, living and learning communities, first-year seminars, special course offerings and other events to ensure that freshman students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the college environment. The programs and services should be strategically and systematically designed based on research and theoretical concepts. The premise of FYEs is to integrate identified factors that influence academic success and student learning into the framework of the college program. Now these factors should take into consideration the student population that particular institution serve, institutional mission,available resources, budget, assessment tools and other critical factors that influence the first-year experience. Below are few examples of activities that included in the engagement of first-year students.
The FYE course includes:
- Team building through group activities.
- Scavenger hunt of campus resources.
- Attending university sponsored events: theater performances, films, musical performances, and athletic competitions.
- Time Management activities to create a balanced schedule, both in and out of class.
- Strategies for effective note-taking, preparing for exams, and overcoming test anxiety.
- Informational presentations on alcohol consumption.