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 Fairmont State University students are readied for college success through a series of three distinct and consecutive programs: Orientation, Welcome Weekend; and the First-Year Experience. The First-Year Experience is delivered over two linked initiatives:
1. In-Class First-Year Seminar Courses: SOAR 1199, BSBA 1199 or HONR1100
2. On-Campus Engagement via Activities/Sessions/Events
SOAR 1199 is an Extended-Orientation First Year Seminar that focuses on a student’s transition to college, community development, and learning the academic success skills and general tools students need to be successful in the first year and beyond.
BSBA 1199 is a business on-boarding course for students in School of Business. Much like the SOAR 1199, it focuses on a student’s transition to college, community development, and learning the academic success skills and general tools students need to be successful in the first year and beyond.
HONR 1100 introduces students to critical thinking in a number of disciplines and initiates them into the standards required by the Honors Program.
The required FYE Passport Program is intentionally designed to ensure that first-year students meet goals and outcomes that are critical to student development and success.
Students will participate in a minimum of five total Passport Activities, one for each of the FYE outcomes outlined below.