University Communications

Immaculata University Offers a Comprehensive FYE Program for First-Year Students

Immaculata University makes transitioning to college life a little easier with a one-credit, ten week course called the First-Year Experience (FYE). The course is offered at many colleges and universities nationwide and is designed to help students successfully navigate the college system while growing both educationally and personally. Topics covered during FYE at Immaculata include:
• career development
• lifestyle choices
• identity
• interpersonal relationships
• stress management
• academic policies and procedures and academic deadlines
• learning styles
• study skills (note taking, active reading, and studying for exams)
• diversity
• fiscal responsibilities

On Saturday, August 22, college life began with the FYE "Make Your Mark Service Day" at Cobbs Creek Recreation Center and the Laura Sims Skate House, both located in Philadelphia. Freshmen and transfer students, along with members of the Immaculata community and FYE faculty, volunteered their time and talents to revitalize the two facilities during this day-long beautification initiative. Students made their mark to improve the local community while they connected with their classmates in an informal setting to achieve a common goal.
During the summer, in addition to the service project, FYE students were required to read "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls as part of the Common Reading Program. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a shared experience with other new students that will help develop a sense of community within their new environment and introduce them to the academic expectations of Immaculata University. Students will use their knowledge of the book throughout the FYE course in a variety of facets including classroom discussion and large group activities in addition to several events that are scheduled in conjunction with themes from the book.
Entering its fourth year offering the FYE program, Immaculata University has made great strides to improve the program for first-year students. "I continue to be amazed at how dedicated the faculty, administrators, and student mentors are at assisting the first year students´ transition to the university and feel welcomed in their new homes," commented Katie Peters, Manager of Academic Success Services and coordinator of the FYE program.
Future goals for the FYE program include continued community outreach, more opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, and increased opportunities for students to express themselves in positive fulfilling ways.
For more information on the FYE program at Immaculata University, contact Katie Peters at 610-647-4400, ext. 3876.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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08.31.09