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Residential First Year Experience

The Residential First Year Experience (RFYE) is a residential life program designed to support and challenge first year students as they make the transition to college life. The RFYE program consists of a thematic, developmental approach with involvement from the campus community and resources to programmatically address the needs of the first year student.

Generally, the first year for most college students presents the greatest challenge with new experiences in a variety of areas:

  • Increased academic work and expectations 
  • Changing relationships (family, peers, faculty/administrators) 
  • New routines 
  • Decision-making responsibilities 
  • New interests/passions 
  • First time living away from home 
  • New expectations of self and others 

Participating offices in the RFYE include but not limited to: Health Services, Campus Ministry, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Judicial Affairs, Career and Employment Services, The Meelia Center (volunteer opportunities), Academic Resource Center and Multicultural Center.

The Office of Residential Life and Education is committed to facilitating the academic, social and leadership development of all students with a wide range of programs specifically for the unique needs of a first year student. We refer to this as a "Living/Learning" environment with encouragement of academic success through policies,programming, and physical amenities.