First-Year Experience

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The first year of college is a critical time of adjustment both academically and socially.

SUNY Adirondack has developed programs to help students survive and excel during the first year. As a new student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Freshman Experience Course. Freshman Experience (either HRD 100, 100A or 110) is a college-orientation course intended to support students in their transition to college life. Students can expect to learn the skills, strategies and mindset necessary to meet their educational goals. Class activities are directed toward developing necessary skills to encourage success and include personal growth issues such as goal setting, career exploration and time management, and academic skills such as test-taking, note-taking and understanding academic advisement. Students will also learn about the resources and services the college offers to help students find success.

Learning objectives for the Freshman Seminar course include:

  • Learn how to access and use campus technologies including Banner, Blackboard, email and Starfish
  • Develop and examine personal and academic goals
  • Develop a degree management plan to help meet personal and academic goals
  • Identify and commit to opportunities for involvement with on-campus activities
  • Identify, describe, locate and use academic and student support services
  • Employ learning strategies to support student success


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