First Year Experience
Mission Statement of FYE: “The Lincoln Memorial University First Year Experience (FYE) Program will introduce freshmen to on and off campus experiential activities teaching the broad skills for college success and transition, including academic and social strategies, team building, student / citizen service learning and leadership, and career planning. These required experiences will be tracked through student FYE transcripts.”
Our LMU First Year Experience begins well before school commences. During registration and orientation events, incoming students begin immersion into the LMU community with the assistance of Student Services staff, Lincoln Ambassadors, and orientation leaders, in order to ease a quicker transition into college life.
During the weekend and Monday prior to the beginning of school, students participate in a number of FYE events, including: Early residence hall move-ins, Survival Weekend, a Matriculation Ceremony, motivational seminars on college success, and information literacy meetings concerning summer readings. Students are assigned a freshman cohort group based on their UACT 100 course and begin working with their group student leader and mentor. UACT 100 instructors and other faculty and staff serve as cohort mentors as student begin their group work and team building on such activities as the High Adventure Ropes Course and community service activities. Additional orientation takes place on registration day.
FYE cohorts meet as UACT 100 classes. The courses curriculum includes elements of student success coping skills and leadership lessons while participating in group projects, researching and creating their group’s portion of the “My Freshman Year” book, conduct community service projects, participate in group counseling work, and sponsor a SGA bill. Guest speakers will not only present in UACT classes, but during freshman only convocations each semester as well.
Residential students have the opportunity to continue FYE experiences within their residential learning communities through regular meetings and activities. Students are expected to be members of at least one campus organization.
All of these experiences are tracked within their personal FYE transcript. The transcript serves as a means of organizing their student experiences for such important tasks as resume building.