First Year Experience
First Year Experience (FYE) Program
The First Year Experience Program provides a living environment in which first-year students have the resources and support to successfully transition from high school to college. This culture provides a solid foundation from which students will grow, learn, and progress toward successful completion of the baccalaureate degree. The LAW Curriculum is specialized to meet the specific needs of first-year students, and faculty mentors assigned throughout each FYE building help students make stronger connections with the academic community.
Student Interaction Reports (SIRs)
In order to help first-year students be successful, NDSU Residence Life has developed the Student Interaction Report, a process which involves a series of intentional discussions between the Resident Assistant and first-year students. The intentional interactions between staff and students are designed to provide support and build community.
Academic Skill Development / Tutoring
Promoting tutoring opportunities for students in the residence halls is a collaborative effort between the Department of Residence Life and the Office of Orientation and Student Success. The Academic Collegiate Enhancement (ACE) Program offers subject-specific tutoring sessions based on the needs of the students. Maintaining a regular academic presence enhances the academic skill, ability, success, and motivation in the first-year population. For more information about the ACE Program, click here.
Welcome Week Activities
Residence Life participates with the Office of Orientation and Student Success, along with others, to develop Welcome Week. To expand on the orientation that occurs in the summer, a concentrated set of programs is offered for students in the fall. Not only does this give an opportunity for intentional socialization, but it also fosters a sense of pride in NDSU and creates traditions that will continue each year. Beyond the socialization, there are academic-focused sessions to make sure students get started on the right foot. For more information about NDSU’s Welcome Week, click here.