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Our Purpose


In support of the mission and vision of the University, the First-Year Experience and First-Year Seminars promote the five values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation through campus partnerships and active engagement. The First-Year Seminar provides students the opportunity to engage with faculty and their peers on topics that foster pathways for success at West Virginia University and beyond.


To assist students in successfully transitioning to college life, by providing navigational tools and resources necessary for setting a foundation for success through the establishment of diverse, strong, positive, social and academic relationships; critical thinking; and creation of an academic plan that will result in timely progression toward graduation.


Our goals aim to meet our students’ needs.

We want students to build a sense of belonging, find their fit and make personal connections with faculty, staff and mentors who can help offer guidance and advice throughout their first year on campus.

We want to help students practice the skills that set them up for academic success, including tips and tricks in time management, note-taking, studying and locating the resources to access grades, advising, tutoring, success workshops and more.

Most importantly, we want to help students discover their passion, and then turn it into a major, take the steps necessary to graduate on time, and eventually pursue a successful and meaningful career.