Welcome to Your First-Year Experience!

First Year Experience Philosophy and Goals


First-Year Experience (FYE) programming is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on first-year students and their transition out of high school and into university life.

Relying on campus collaborations between and among faculty, staff, administrators, and students, we aim to enhance the success of first-year students, steering them to embrace the academic rigor of university studies while also participating in co-curricular activities. We invite our first-year students to grow in their critical thinking, their appreciation for diversity and tolerance, and their understanding of the benefits of the liberal arts education we provide through our core curriculum.

Our goals are simple: increased student learning, achievement, success and engagement in both their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

All first year students at Armstrong take the First-Year Seminar as part of the First Class Learning Community. They may also participate in other First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs), as well as the Common Read program. Through each of these campus-wide efforts, we intentionally and repeatedly invite students to engage in active learning as we expand the space of the classroom to include working with peers, engaging with the broader community, and sharing research across campus.

All students with less than 30 earned hours, or those who are on academic warning, probation or suspension will have their mid-term grades reported to their academic advisor via a program called GradesFirst.  GradesFirst is a comprehensive academic advising tool that helps your advisor contact you, schedule appointments and follow-up with you if your faculty member is concerned about your performance in his or her courses.  When you receive notices or emails from GradesFirst, you should take them seriously and respond to your advisor's attempts to reach you.

Sign up for Navigation Orientation

What to Expect in Your First Year

Academic Success Center

Armstrong 15 to Finish 

Lane Library


Armstrong Master Calendar