First Year Experience at MU
Marshall University’s First Year Experience
The First Year Experience at Marshall University is compilation of activities and opportunities for our freshman students. Making connections to the campus in the freshman year helps students integrate into the Marshall community and jumpstarts the entire academic experience.
The First Year Residential Experience at Marshall University is intended and designed to be the cornerstone upon which each first year student’s university and residential experience is built. Designed to facilitate student learning and academic success by providing our first year students with a supportive, caring environment, and enhance the first year of college through various initiatives and programs have a positive impact on the student’s transition to MU, transition to the sophomore year, connections to faculty and academic resources and the individual, physical and emotional wellness.
First Year Seminar (FYS 100)
First Year Seminar is a course implemented as a key component of our core general education requirements in Fall 2010. This course should not be confused with UNI 100 or UNI 101. In FYS 100, students will develop intentional critical thinking skills integral to lifelong learning through inquiry, discussion, interaction, discovery, problem-solving, writing, research, reflection and examination of complex multicultural/global ideas and themes.
Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs)
A Freshman Interest Group is a program designed to bring what is learned in the classroom to the campus living experience. The goal is provide small, thematic living learning communities to enhance student’s academic and personal experience during their first year of college. Students of the same major and with similar academic interests live together with other freshmen on the same floor in a residence hall taking two to four classes together. Students get to know their classmates and floormates by attending classes, residence hall activities, participating in study groups or just hanging out. Being part of a FIG is a great way to compliment your academic success and transition to Marshall University.
Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
Living Learning Communities are communities that allow students who share a common interest in academics, social and cultural issues, or other topics, the opportunity to live together on a floor. Residents of an LLC will be assisted with getting the resources they need to accomplish their academic goals and will create life-long relationships with faculty, staff, and other students living on the floor and at Marshall University.
For many freshmen, New Student Orientation is the first time you visit campus. Orientation is a time to take care of all the details necessary for you to be ready to start classes in the fall. You will meet with an academic advisor to review your course schedule, have your photo taken for your student ID and learn about the resources available to help you succeed as a student at Marshall University.
The Marshall University Student Resource Center (SRC), located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center, is a one-stop shop for many of your questions. Our resource specialists are trained to handle questions from a range of topics including basic academic advising, financial aid services, career services and more.
Tutoring Services are available to all students enrolled at Marshall University at no additional charge. Peer tutors are Marshall University students who have demonstrated expertise in the subject area(s) they tutor. Students may request an individual tutor or take advantage of the drop-in tutoring available. For additional information and the current tutoring schedule, please stop by the tutoring lab in Laidley Hall or visit the website.
Week of Welcome is an opportunity for freshman to familiarize themselves with campus and learn what it means to be a freshman at Marshall University. Arriving on campus a few days early, freshmen participate in the President’s Convocation and sessions with the dean, faculty and staff of their academic colleges. Additional sessions promote diversity, career development, academic policies and connections to campus activities. Entertainment and social activities are provided in the evenings.
The Writing Center is a free tutoring service for all Marshall students who want help with their writing. The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Drinko Library and is staffed by graduate and undergraduate students who are trained to help at all stages of the writing process in any discipline.