First Year Experience

As identified in the Academic Strategic Plan, supported by the work of the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion and other University wide committees, a unified first-year experience that addresses issues of diversity, inclusion, belonging, community, health and wellness are key components in supporting students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. Through a shared experience, we set the foundation for our students’ success inside and outside the classroom.

In the 2018-19 academic year, faculty, staff and student committees developed an enhanced shared first-year experience focused on three key areas:

Collectively, these experiences engage our students – and the broader campus community – in exploration of and dialogue about identity, community and wellness, and advance our continuous efforts to foster a more inclusive, welcoming campus community for all.

Moving forward, we are focused on the long-term for a first-year experience course. We will use best practice research, communitywide input, and assessment of the 2018-19 program to guide the development of this course. With this effort, we aim to build shared community, improve cross-cultural understanding, and increase healthy habits for all our campus community members.

We encourage you to share your ideas, best practices and suggestions with us. Please contact us at firstyear@syr.edu.

The first-year experience sets the foundation for our students to thrive at Syracuse and beyond Syracuse.