The First Year at Eureka College is a Unique Experience!
Eureka College believes that the first year in college is critical to developing dispositions of academic and social engagement that will promote student success through to college graduation and beyond.
In an effort to facilitate a successful transition to college, Eureka College is committed to a comprehensive First-Year Experience Program consisting of both curricular and co-curricular elements designed to integrate first-year students into the college community as engaged learners and participants in campus life.
What to Expect During Your First Year
- First-Year Seminar is a core component of the First Year Experience (FYE) that focuses on introducing new students to college-level academic work and the liberal arts.
- Service-learning is an interactive educational strategy that links service and academic curriculum to promote learning. Service-learning promotes students’ personal, social, and intellectual growth while providing them with a sense of civic engagement and responsibility. All first-year students are engaged in a service-learning project in partial fulfillment of First-Year Seminar requirements.
- The summer common reading gives the new students a set of ideas and issues that they can begin discussing with each other when they arrive on campus.
- Experience Eureka: Orientation is a half day session designed for first-time, first-year students as well as transfer students. Orientation provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers and connect with current students, faculty, and staff to begin building relationships as they make the transition to life at Eureka College. Experience Eureka: Welcome Week is a continuation of orientation which is held at the beginning of the fall semester.
- The student/advisor relationship is a cornerstone of a Eureka education. This FYE advising model addresses students’ needs from the first point of contact through graduation or transfer. It includes general education core advising, referral to support services, and pre-major and major advising.
- Every First-Year student is assigned two academic, faculty advisors; their FYS faculty instructor and a faculty advisor in the student’s declared major. In addition to the faculty advisors, students have a professional staff residential-life floor mentor (or professional staff commuter mentor), at least one IDS Peer Instructors. First-Generation students also develop relationships with First-Year Experience Leaders.
- During Orientation, the First Year Experience Leaders convey information to new students and their families about programs and services. The First Year Experience Leaders assist with all orientation events and play a vital role in facilitating the adjustment of new students to the campus and community.
- First Year Experience Leaders work with faculty members to teach and assist students within the IDS 101 First Year Seminar Course.
- The FCEP is a year-long series of events and programs intended to create structured conversations about important topics, ranging from career exploration and successful study habits to leadership, faith, and cultural values. Through FYS, first-year students are required to explore the many cultural opportunities that the College offers.