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First Year Experience Program

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The First Year Residential Experience program, FYE, addresses challenges surrounding the transition between high school and college life.  We understand that everyone transitions differently, so the FYE program is multifaceted.  We strive to find community living options to support all of our new students.

In partnership with Academic Affairs, Academic and College Success, ACS, a one-credit class required of all first year students at Nazareth, is taught in-residence in a specially designed classroom in Kearney Hall.

Option 1. FYE  linked to ACS class:  students will live together on a floor with their ACS classmates.  Students, Resident Assistants, ACS faculty and staff work together to form a  friendly and functional environment in which to live, learn, and grow.   This option is located in the East  and West Wings of Kearney and the South side of Clock Tower Commons.

Option 2. FYE  for undeclared majors: students will have unique opportunities to explore their interests with Resident Assistants, faculty, staff and upperclass mentors. This option is located in the West Wing of Kearney  and the 2nd floor of Lourdes .

Option 3. FYE  for global experience: American and International students live together in an intentional community which promotes intercultural understanding. Resident Assistants, faculty, staff and the Center for International Education collaborate to provide  programming. This option is located in Medaille.

Option 4.  FYE  by major: students in some majors will have an opportunity to live together with extra programming support from faculty and upperclass mentors.  This option is located in Lourdes and O'Connor 1.

Option 5.  FYE  unplugged: for those who prefer to meet students from a variety of majors, interests and experiences. This option is located in Kearney and Lourdes.


As a part of its mission statement, FYE presents the challenge to all students to make the most of their collegiate experience. Continuing in that pursuit, FYE offers exceptional opportunities for involvement and leadership through creative programming. The Department of Residential Life has several learning outcomes which are infused in the First Year Experience Program:

  • Interpersonal Development

  • Community Development

  • Intercultural Competence

  • Civic Engagement

As a department we are intentional in the design of our policies, programs and activities in order to further the growth of our students. We support our learning outcomes by organizing activities and programs that specifically target the needs and developmental level of our first-year students in promoting positive relationships and social interaction. Let's face it: this is college and friendships and memories are a cornerstone of the first-year experience. In combining the strengths of Residential Life and Academics, we believe that this program gives first-year students an advantage that can't be beat.


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