In collaboration with Wright State’s degree-granting colleges, University College provides over 50 First-Year Seminars to more than 1,000 first-year students who share academic and social interests.
- Wright State is one of three “linked” First-Year Seminar programs identified as exemplary and notable in Exploring the Evidence: Initiatives in the First College Year, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, 2008 (p. 77-81).
- Research on Wright State’s success with peer educators in First-Year Seminars and supplemental instruction, including a comparison of grades in gateway classes, was presented at the 30th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in February, 2011.
- Students who participate in Wright State First-Year Seminars have higher GPAs, persist and graduate at a higher rate compared to those students who do not participate in First-Year Seminars (Overview of WSU First-Year Seminar, 2014, with data from WSU Institutional Research).
What's a First-Year Seminar?
A First-Year Seminar is a small group of first-year students who take two or more classes together.
- A small group of first-year students in a discussion-based class who share similar interests or majors
- A course designed to provide personal attention to you as part of a supportive college family
- An active learning environment intended to help new students learn the campus and make connections quickly
How will you benefit from joining a First-Year Seminar?
- Make friends faster: build a network of friends with classmates you see several times a week
- Learn about campus programs and services
- Adjust to college faster
- Earn a higher GPA than those students who do not participate in First-Year Seminar
- Lower your stress levels during the first semester in college
Who leads the First-Year Seminars?
Faculty, Staff and Peer Mentors are part of an instructional team that help facilitate learning outcomes for the First-Year Seminar.
When should you enroll in a First-Year Seminar?
Wright State's tradition is for all freshmen to enroll in a First-Year Seminar their very first semester/term at Wright State. The First-Year Seminar will make your transition to college smooth and enjoyable, so it will be most beneficial in your first term.
What First-Year Seminar are available for you to join?
Wright State offers fifty different kinds of First-Year Seminar, based on common academic, vocational, professional or even sports or recreational interest. Examples include:
Examples of Topics and Activities Include:
- Business Majors
- Becoming Tech Savvy
- Engineered for Success (for Honors students)
- Leadership & Service Learning
- Latino America
- Residential Seminar for Nursing Majors (for students living on campus)
- Sports & Media
- College of Education & Human Services Majors
- Undecided Students Exploring Careers & Majors
- Time management exercises
- Student life panel discussion
- How to understand college professors
- Common text skits
- Service learning projects
- Develop group study skills
- Student-led reviews before exams
- Improve communication skills
- Small group discussion
- Field trips (National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Dayton Art Institute)
- Wright State University athletic events
- Learn how to get a job on campus
- Wheelchair basketball
- Experience Diversity
- Explore internships and career opportunities
How do you sign up for a First-Year Seminar?
- When you register for Orientation for fall term, you will fill out a survey that will allow you to indicate your First-Year Seminar first, second, and third preferences.
- Some sections fill up fast, so select your First-Year Seminar preferences and attend Orientation early. An advisor will add additional classes to complete a full-time schedule when you come to campus for Orientation.
- If you are beginning classes in Fall, Spring, or Summer Semesters, contact University College at (937) 775-5750 for information on joining a First-Year Seminar.
For more information about First-Year Seminars, contact the First-Year Programs office at (937) 775-5780.