First Year Experience

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The First Year Experience at Marshall is compilation of activities and opportunities for our freshman students. Establishing healthy campus connections during the freshman year helps students integrate into the MU community and jumpstarts a successful academic experience.

Components of FYE

Week of Welcome (WOW) is an opportunity for freshman to familiarize themselves with campus and learn what it means to be a freshman at Marshall University. Arriving on campus a few days early for Welcome Week, freshmen participate in the President’s Convocation and sessions with the dean, faculty and staff of their academic colleges. Additional sessions promote diversity, career development, academic policies and connections to campus activities. Entertainment and social activities are provided in the evenings.

For many freshmen, New Student Orientation is the first time you visit campus.  Orientation is a time to take care of all the details necessary for you to be ready to start classes in the fall.  You will meet with an academic advisor to review your course schedule, have your photo taken for your student ID and learn about the resources available to help you succeed as a student at Marshall University.

Since Fall 2010, First Year Seminar (FYS 100) has been a key component of our core general education requirements. This course should not be confused with UNI 100 or UNI 101. In FYS 100, students can expect to develop the critical thinking skills integral to lifelong learning through inquiry, discussion, interaction, discovery, problem-solving, writing, research, reflection and examination of complex multicultural/global ideas and themes.

The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) at Marshall University is designed to be the cornerstone upon which each first year student’s university and residential experience is built.

FYRE is designed to facilitate student learning and academic success by providing our first year students with a supportive, caring environment. The experience enhances the first year of college through various initiatives and programs. FYRE can positively influence the student’s transition to the university, promote connections to faculty and academic resources, guide students into the sophomore year, and help gauge individual, physical, emotional wellness during these times.

Living Learning Communities allow students who share a common interests in academics, social and cultural issues, or other topics the opportunity to live together on a floor.

LLCs offer residents a unique opportunity, allowing them to discover resources they need to accomplish their academic goals and fostering life-long relationships with faculty, staff and other students living on the floor and at Marshall University.

Resources Available to All Marshall University Students

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services are available to all students enrolled at Marshall University at no additional charge. Peer tutors are Marshall University students who have demonstrated expertise in the subject area(s) they tutor.  Students may request a one-time appointment or recurring appointments. For additional information and the current tutoring schedule, please stop by the tutoring lab in Laidley Hall or visit the website.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free tutoring service for all Marshall students who want help with their writing.  The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Drinko Library and is staffed by graduate and undergraduate students who are trained to help at all stages of the writing process in any discipline.

University College

Communications Building Room 212
Tel: 304-696-3169
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm

Tutoring Services
Communications Building Room 211
Tel: 304-696-6622
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact List

Sherri Stepp
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College
Communications Building Room 212-D
304-696-7038
goodall@marshall.edu

Christopher Atkins
Assistant Director of University College
Associate Director of Advising Technologies
Communications Building Room 212-J
304-696-3252
chris.atkins@marshall.edu

Sabrina Simpson
Director of New Student Orientation
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Communication Building Room 211-A
304-696-2246
simpson@marshall.edu

Patricia Gallagher
Academic Counselor
Communications Building Room 212-F
304-696-3464
gallaghe@marshall.edu

Robyn Stafford
Academic Counselor
Communications Building Room 212-H
304-696-5816
messeng1@marshall.edu

Robin Taylor
Academic Counselor
Coordinator of National Student Exchange
Communications Building Room 212-K
304-696-5819
taylorro@marshall.edu

Angie Rose
Administrative Associate
Communications Building Room 212-E
304-696-3217