The First Year at ESF

The First Year at ESF

The first months of a college student's experience are pivotal to overall success. First Year Experience (FYE) program assists all new (commuter and residential) freshmen students with their transition and adjustment to ESF by:

  • Increasing student-to-student interaction;
  • Increasing faculty-to-student interaction;
  • Increasing student involvement and time on campus;
  • Linking the curriculum and co-curriculum; and
  • Increasing expectations and levels of academic engagement and preparedness.

FYE programs help to foster academic achievement, social integration and personal success:

  • Orientation—ESF provides all new students with programs designed to facilitate a successful transition to college life and further acquaint them and their families with the ESF community. For a sneak peek at
  • ESF 132— Introduces students to their field of study and a road map for study in their respective academic major.
  • Student-to-Student Mentors—This program links new first-year students to returning ESF students in a mentoring relationship during the Fall semester. For a sample of the Leadership Through Mentoring course syllabus, please visit
  • Insomniacs—Working to create an identity and campus culture for alternative programming, the Insomniacs support students' healthy choices through safe, fun, student-driven programming, offering events and activities between the hours of 10pm and 2am (when students experience most of their "free time."

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

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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.

Academic Support

First year students, through the FYE program, are connected by taking common sections of lower-division courses in Chemistry, Biology, and Writing to assist in their academic success. This linked course model provides students with unique opportunities to support each other via study groups in Centennial Hall and tutoring provided by the Academic Support Services Office.

  • The Reader - ESF's first-year student text.
  • FYE Fall 2013 Newsletter:
    • 2013 Editions coming soon

First year freshmen are also 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:

FYE Community Retreat

Saturdays, September 7 and 14, 2013

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 Multicultural Affairs and others.

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