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Your First Year

The Journey Begins...

The first year of college is an exciting time for you. You will experience a new sense of freedom while, at the same time, wrestle with the challenges of college-level coursework, self-management, and just plain fitting into your new environment. Our programming for first-years gives you direct access to the specific tools you will need to be successful at Randolph. The programs outlined below are designed to enhance the first-year experience and lay the ground work for success throughout your college years and beyond.

"Get Ready for Randolph" Summer Sessions

Your summer sessions are an opportunity to visit for a day or stay overnight on campus, confirm advising and registration, and meet your new classmates. The sessions are pre-cursors to fall orientation. Two optional sessions will be held in June. Information on local hotel options and tentative schedules will be available in the coming months. 

Fall Orientation

All new first-year students are required to participate in Fall Orientation beginning in August. Fall Orientation is a fun and engaging introduction to student life on campus. Interactions with current students, faculty, and staff will help you become familiar with available programs and resources. Transfer students participate in a one day orientation session.

First -Year Seminar (FYS 101)

First-year seminars capitalize on the power of inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences. Course content varies by professor and section, with each section dealing with a topic in the professor's field of interest, and is designed to suggest the kinds of questions educated adults can and should ask in that field. The seminars immerse you in an engaging and challenging atmosphere where you learn to take responsibility for your own educational endeavors. You will take FYS 101 in your fall semester.

Passport Program (FYS 103, FYS 104)

The Passport Program is designed to give first-year students a well-rounded experience centered around the understanding and development of effective learning skills, decision-making and planning, personal growth, and the development of intercultural competence. You will become familiar with programs and resources that will support your transition to campus life as well as create a foundation for your success.

Program opportunities will be chosen to ensure exploration of:

  • Intercultural Competence
  • Learning and Planning Strategies
  • Fine/performing arts
  • Viewpoints/lectures
  • College traditions and social functions
  • Athletics
  • Career Development
  • Personal Development
  • Personal Wellness

The Passport Program operates as a companion component of the FYS 101 (academic seminar) required of all first-year students and transfer students entering with fewer than 18 credit hours. The program is offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. You will earn 1 credit over the course of your first two semesters at Randolph by attending twelve "destinations," events or opportunities across the campus.