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 which provides information about available student support resources and ways to ease the transition into college.


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1. Go to class! It seems simple, but some students make the mistake of skipping classes. Regular class attendance is not only beneficial academically but financially. If you receive financial aid, class attendance is required to earn your award.  

2. Meet your advisor. After the first week of classes, you will be assigned an academic advisor communicated to you through your college email. Your advisor is your main academic advocate and will assist you in exploring career, transfer, and/or internship opportunities. They will also assist you with course schedule planning. Plan on meeting with your advisor or set up an appointment early in the semester.

3. Build in time for studying, reading and completing assignments. As a new student, you will be enrolled in a Freshman Experience Course, which is an orientation class to assist you in transitioning to campus life at SUNY ADK. You will learn about time management and the many student support services (Library, Learning Commons, Counseling, etc.) in your Freshman Experience Course. The bottom line for success is to make your education a top priority. Treat your education like a job —  with structured study time — and you will be on your way to graduation!  

4. Get involved in a Club or Student Activity. Don't forget that college is also fun, and there are many entertaining activities and events to help you meet new interesting people and manage your stress. Join SUNY Adirondack Social Media platforms to receive updates on events across campus. Go on trips, join a student club, work out at the Fitness Center, explore the Adirondack Park and much more! 

5. Persist.  Attending college is a very rewarding opportunity, but the transition will often be difficult. There are times where you may question your decision. You should know that you are not alone and that most people who attend college feel the same way. Don't give up. Lean on us during the tough times. Talk to your professor, see your advisor, talk to your Freshman Experience Instructor, talk to a counselor. You will be better for it.       

6. Ask for help when you need it.  The college has a myriad of resources to support your success including professor office hours, tutoring in the Learning Commons, counseling, Library research assistance and Information Technology (IT) support. Take advantage of opportunities for career exploration (career coach) and leadership experience. We want you to succeed and our goal is to help you reach your goal!