10.14. First-Year Experience

Oglethorpe’s faculty and student affairs staff work together to coordinate academic offerings, co-curricular programs, and student services in order to create a first-year experience that is welcoming, supportive and challenging. This integrated program is committed to encouraging TU first-year students to succeed.

Major features of the first-year experience include:

  • The course FYS 101 First Year Seminar I (for TU freshmen). For transfer and international students, this is replaced by OGL 101 Introduction to Oglethorpe;
  • A two-semester Core course sequence in humanities, COR 101, 102 Narratives of the Self I, II;
  • Petrel Points co-curricular requirement (for TU first-time freshmen; see 10.18.)
  • The freshman advising program (see 6.3. and Sec. 6.7.);
  • A Peer Academic Leader (PAL) is an upperclassman who has demonstrated academic excellence while at Oglethorpe and is responsible serving as an academic mentor to first-year students in traditionally at-risk populations. These populations may include: first generation college students, students enrolled in lower level math and writing courses, and student with a history of low academic achievement. PALs work with the academic success center staff to offer resources to supplement first year students’ course work and assist them in achieving academic and personal success. Each PAL is assigned a specific group of students to work with. These first year students will have regular interaction with their PAL and programming targeted specifically at their academic needs.
  • The many support services of the academic success center (see 10.9.); and
  • A coordinated intervention process for assisting students in trouble.