First Year Experience
Orientation into college life takes more than the week or so typically devoted to this initial experience if students are to become fully engaged. National research has shown what we at Middlesex have intuitively known all along: Students are more successful – in completing their courses, in graduation rates, in their overall achievement – when they are personally engaged with their college. Having an affinity with even one member of the faculty or staff can create that bond, and we encourage our students to get to know us.
A key part of this is our enhanced First Year Experience, which we continue to hone to better support new students as they transition into college life. These include:
- Getting Started Advising/Registration sessions
- Opening Day to welcome students to campus
- Orientation Month, with activities to help students acclimate to college life.
- Co-curricular activities to make students feel welcome and become acquainted with the resources on campus
- Academic activities and outreach to connect with students and help them with learning strategies to be successful
- Learning Communities to engage students and connect them with others
- First-Year Experience Seminar: a series of general education seminars designed for first year students and those in their first 30 credits. Students earn one credit for each of three seminars in leadership, Service-Learning and undergraduate research.
Ours is a deliberate effort to go beyond the traditional welcome to first-year students. We want to engage and excite them with what it means to be a Middlesex student and a member of the larger community. We want to make them aware of academic and co-curricular opportunities. Most of all, we want them to stay involved with their studies, set a path for their future and then make it happen.
We want students to make it to Middlesex...and then make their way in the world.