The First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program

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Freshman Seminar Program or The First Year Experience is a program that is instituted at many American colleges and universities which is designed to help students prepare for the transition from high school to college. Depending on the school, the course could last anywhere from two weeks to one full school year. Some larger universities go as far as to reserve sections of Dorm Rooms as well as the university itself and creates a "small college" feel in a large university setting by allowing all freshmen to do their first year courses in one section of the university such as the "Project Renaissance Program" the State University of New York at Albany .

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History and Breakdown of Program

While the origins of the program remains unclear, many people attribute the start of the First Year Seminar to The University of South Carolina, whom to this day houses a research center and holds several different workshops for colleges to better their own first year programs at their colleges and universities .

Breakdown of most First Year Programs.

Many of the colleges and universities that have the program, require that all students who are incoming freshman, take freshman seminar as a requirement, other schools have the program as optional, yet recommended. Most first year seminars are a semester long and start at college orientation. From orientation, students enroll in the course which gives them a breakdown of how to study...
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