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Mission and Vision


The Office of First-Year Courses promotes academic and college success by facilitating first-year students in their transition to college life through a curriculum based on critical thinking, major and career exploration, connection to the University, and utilization of academic resources and support services.


First-Year Courses is committed to cultivating quality instruction through an innovative, engaging, and influential learning environment that will provide an inspiring experience for all students by

  • Making positive connections with faculty, staff, and peers,
  • Engaging in behaviors that promote connection to the University,
  • Understanding their role as a member of the socially diverse university community,
  • Developing awareness of the impact of their personal choices through major and career assessments, and
  • Demonstrating their ability to think critically, analytically, and integratively.


Motivate. Inspire. Lead... Equipping first-year students for success!

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