First-Year Experience


The First-Year Experience at Fairmont State University

Once a student’s first semester has begun, a robust college experience launches.  Far more than studying and exams, the college experience should be definitive in a student’s life; helping mold and shape that student into the person he or she will be moving forward.  The college experience, if adequately taken advantage of, should be comprised also of thinking deeper into pre-conceived notions; exploring interests; and getting to know people from different backgrounds, who possess perspectives that differ from one’s own.  A college-educated person should not merely be college-educated; he or she should exude the qualities of an educated person. 

Students who fully benefit from the college experience have also grasped “how to adult” and have mastered many of the life skills necessary to a fulfilled and successful life after college. Incoming FSU students are readied for college success through a series of three distinct and consecutive programs: Orientation, Welcome Weekend; and the First-Year Experience.