First Year Experience

The first-year experience is designed to assist IU South Bend’s first-year students with their transition from high school or a job to the university. 

  • Students will initially meet with an advisor, who will introduce them to campus, assist in planning their course schedule, and encourage them to begin considering a major or an area of interest. 

  • Students will have the opportunity to take either a first-year seminar (FYS 190) or a threshold learning community class (EDUC-U 100).

Both courses are designed for student success and taught by experienced teachers. Additionally, each course has a peer mentor who serves as an advocate and model student for the class.

First-Year Seminars

EDUC-U 100 Threshold Seminar: Craft/Culture of Higher Education

The goal of EDUC-U 100 is to help IU South Bend students connect to other members of our Learning Community including instructors, peer mentors, and other students. Conditionally Admitted students are strongly recommended to enroll in EDUC-U 100, but all students can benefit from this course.

The Learning Communities we have created in EDUC-U 100 have helped many students to navigate the university and be successful in college.

Peer Mentors and the First-Year Experience

Assigned to each cohort of students in the first year experience is a peer mentor who will be working with the students in a collaborative learning experience.

Co-curricular activities designed to enhance classroom learning will be an integral part of the program.

Advising and the First-Year Experience

Faculty teaching First-year seminar and EDUC-U 100 courses will work together with academic advisors to assist students in navigating the university system and to help students understand the purposes, challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of earning a university degree. FYE faculty and advisors will help and encourage students:

  • To make the transition from high school to university,
  • Explore a variety of majors,
  • Plan their time to meet the competing demands of family, job, and academic study, and
  • Take responsibility for their decisions, make progress toward academic goals, and relate their studies to career choices.