First-Year Islanders

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The first year of college can be tough. It's sometimes a challenge to go from high school life to the more independent higher education experience. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has extensive experience in supporting the academic and social needs of its first-year students. Our efforts have brought national acclaim from many organizations, including the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year® project.

From its first days in 1994 in serving freshman students, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has offered a comprehensive and inclusive First-Year Learning Communities program to all freshmen. This program links the required core classes with personalized critical thinking and active learning opportunity we call "seminar." These seminar courses are kept small in size, so students can work closer with faculty and friendships among classmates can be fostered. This hands-on support and collegiality helps greatly in the transition from high school to college.

The University provides several 
initiatives for First-Year Islanders.

In summary, first year-students engage in many opportunities that guide them toward the path to success. The FYI Bridge offers activities, games and information sessions designed by campus faculty, staff, and advisors to address the most common challenges that students encounter when starting college and help students begin to develop a campus support network.  FYI Bridge also asks family members to partner with campus staff to support FY student success.

We begin the freshman year with the First-Year Islanders Convocation, where the University celebrates our incoming freshmen and thanks the staff, advisors, and faculty who will be encouraging and inspiring our new students to do well in their first year.

FYI Courses: First-Year Islander faculty are continually researching and adopting best practices in content and instruction. It's a commitment across campus and within many disciplines where faculty encourage their colleagues to explore better ways for students to learn and for faculty to teach.

It's win-win for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and students because both work together to build the foundation that will lead to the strengths needed to do well in class and in the University community.