First Year Experience
Flagler College's first year experience program helps you as a new student transition into our campus community. A community that is uniquely situated in the nation's oldest city and is dedicated to your academic success and development.
This program will help you integrate into the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the college. We do this through:
- Active learning: You will be challenged to engage in class and collaborate with your professors and classmates, building your own personalized academic and co-curricular experience.
- Personalized support: From your CACE Advisor to your faculty and mentors, you will have a team surrounding you even before you arrive on campus.
The Common Read
Each year, Flagler selects a book that will provide a foundation for a common academic experience among incoming students. First-Year students are mailed a copy of the book the summer before their first term, along with a welcome letter from Flagler’s President. The book serves as a common text in the First Year Seminar.
2021-2022 Selection Information Coming Soon!
Academic Orientation seeks to prepare students for college life, and the Flagler academic experiences in particular. In short, we want to begin to work on tools for academic success and help you transition into the start of classes feeling more confident and comfortable. Academic Orientation events will take place during the Roar Up Virtual Summer Orientation as well as during Welcome Week. Stay tuned for more details and a schedule of events coming soon!
The First-Year Seminar seeks to assist new students as they transition to college and a new community. It will provide you with the skills and practical knowledge you’ll need for success in college. But more than that, this class will be your first chance to engage in real college-level critical thought about self and world; about the value and responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse democracy. First-Year Seminar is taught by faculty from various disciplines across the Flagler Campus. They each bring their own passions and interests into the classroom.
Though all sections have some texts in common, no two First-Year Seminars are exactly alike. You may read about political philosophy and the history of science. You may explore the cultural meanings of business and entertainment. You may stand beside Socrates as he considers leaving this world for the good of his city, and besides Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he tries to make the world better. You may explore your new home by foot, bike, or kayak, and will get connected to campus resources that will be critical during your transition. And throughout it all, you will form a community with your professor, peers, and mentor.