The ESF First-Year Experience (FYE)

The ESF First Year Experience (FYE) program is designed to support the successful academic and social transition of new students in to the SUNY-ESF community. Our program will empower students to be highly engaged in their own student experience by providing opportunities for:

  • Students to reflect on their learning in and out of the classroom
  • Student to share their learning with their peers
  • Students to connect their experiences with the world around them

At ESF, the FYE is highlighted by the following programs and initiatives to support our students success at the College:

  • First-Year student Orientation—Designed to facilitate a successful transition to college life, Orientation is held the week before classes start in August. After move-in day at Centennial Hall, ESF Orientation connects students with their academic programs while reviewing their fall class schedules, support resources on campus and community building in preparation for a successful year at ESF.
  • The Reader '14 (PDF)- To support the transition from high school to college, the ESF First-Year Experience Team has designed a First-Year student reader filled with many helpful tips and suggests for a successful year at ESF.
  • ESF 132 Seminars— Introduces students to their field of study and a road map for study in their respective academic major during the first semester.
  • Student-to-Student Mentors—This program links new first-year students to returning ESF students in a mentoring partnership during the Fall semester.

ESF First-Year Student Retreat: New, first year students to ESF (not including transfers) are required to participate in our FYE Community Retreat in September to build connections with their fellow peers and the college's faculty and staff. Details are below:

Other areas of emphasis in the FYE program include the following:

Community Service & Service Learning

First year students participate in community service thereby creating a stronger bond with the surrounding community.

Student Organization Involvement

Beginning with our annual activities fair in the fall semester, first year students will be made aware of and encouraged to participate in student organizations and activities.

Alcohol & Other Drug Awareness

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Programming Action Plan sets forth ESF's expectations regarding student use of alcohol and other drugs. The College works to encourage healthy choices by creating a positive living and learning environment for students—one that does not tolerate the illegal and harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. We do this in three ways:

  1. Through our campus judicial system;
  2. By providing educational programs on alcohol and other drugs as well as alternative social events; and
  3. By providing academic content on the implications of alcohol and other drug use.

Diversity Awareness and Training

ESF promotes and develop programs that educate all students about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc., with the support of the student-to-student mentoring program, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and others.


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