The First-Year Seminar (FYS) is designed to equip incoming first year students with the tools necessary for a successful transition into college. FYS, a mandatory course for all incoming first-year students, meets once a week for 75 minutes and for the first 10 weeks of the semester. Within the course, students are exposed to college resources, academic success strategies, time management; students also begin to explore preliminary career plans. Furthermore, FYS will explore a central thematic idea based on the assigned First-Year Text. Students will both be mentored by peer leaders and professional staff, and are also expected to undertake a series of self-directed learning experiences outside the classroom to assist them with developing self-efficacy, while simultaneously providing personal support through their transitional first semester at the College.
Each fall and spring semester, New Student & Family Programs seeks out both experienced and qualified emerging higher education professionals to serve as First-Year Seminar instructors. Each instructor is paired with a student peer mentor to co-lead the seminar, and they both play an integral role in guiding incoming students through their introduction and transition to college. To become a co-lead for FYS, please contact NSFP@baruch.cuny.edu or call 646-312-4271.