First-Year Seminar FAQs

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. 

  • 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:

    • 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
    Examples of Topics and Activities Include:
    • 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.