The First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience is designed to meet the following goals:

  • provide a small seminar of students with a faculty mentor/advisor who will help them to improve writing and thinking skills and familiarize them with the academic life of the College, while they study a specialized subject area
  • provide a bridge between high school experience and the Bethany experience designed to enable students to engage actively and successfully as they grow and learn inside the classroom and out
  • provide students with an intense, single-class, topic driven learning experience designed to enhance college-level reading, writing and research skills

All students who meet one of the following conditions are required to complete successfully the First Year Experience, including FSEM 111, FSEM 112 and FSEM 113.

  • The student has graduated from high school but never attended college, even if he or she has completed college credits while in high school.
  • The student has enrolled in another college and is transferring fewer than 13 credits to Bethany.

All other students must successfully complete their first year seminar within their first year at Bethany. Students who do not successfully complete their First Year Seminar in the Fall term will be required to make up this course during the Spring term of their first year. Additionally, students who do not successfully complete FSEM 112 (Connections: A Personalized College Experience) in the Fall term of their first year will be required to register for, and successfully complete, the course in the Fall term of their sophomore year. Students who do not successfully complete FSEM 113 (First Year JTerm Experience) will be required to register for, and successfully complete this course in the May term of their first year, at additional expense. If these courses are not successfully completed, students will not be eligible for graduation.