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Your first year at college will be filled with change. New surroundings, new challenges, a new community. We're here to help make your transition as smooth as possible. As you adjust to being a college student at Northern Vermont University–Johnson, our First-Year Experience program will help you with decisions about your academic path, introduce you to campus resources to boost your success, and give you opportunities to make friends with other NVU students.
You'll discover academic advising residence halls; clubs, sports, and other activities; and much more.
FYE is the starting point for new students, but we’re here to support you the whole time you’re at NVU. Many students drop by long after their first year ends to say “hello” to our staff, get mentoring, or grab snacks.
NVU-Johnson First-Year Experience Programs
Summer SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Resources
In response to continuing public health concerns surrounding COVID -19, we are re-imagining our Student Orientation, Advising and Resources (SOAR) summer program and developing an important mix of virtual-live, self-paced and interactive programs in the months of July and August.
Fall Orientation takes place the weekend before our opening convocation, an official welcome to all students, after which classes begin.
You’ll explore campus life as you talk with your academic advisor; meet student leaders; learn about public safety, student life, and health resources; and more. You’ll get your first taste of college-level discussion and analysis as you participate in a small-group discussion of the year’s Common Reading text.
As you settle into your new home, be prepared for other fun activities: parties, games, concerts, and hanging out with your new friends.
Expand your horizons by attending a range of campus events. You’ll earn academic credit for attending fun, diverse campus programs, such as films, lectures, performances, athletics events, and art exhibits. Learn more about Creative Audience.
Cosmetics, songwriting, math puzzles, community-building, New Orleans culture — those are some recent topics of our First-Year Seminars. You choose which three-credit class you take from our wide-ranging, interdisciplinary mix.
In these small, collaborative classes, geared to first-year students, you’ll be with peers who share your interest. It’s a challenging but supportive environment to help you adjust to college-level academics and build bonds with your classmates.
Second Semester Reboot
Welcome back to campus after the break! The new semester is a good time to look back on the fall semester. What did you learn about yourself? What worked well, and what should you change? What do you need to be successful this semester?
Motivating talks by NVU President Elaine Collins and a faculty member will inspire you as you focus your efforts on a successful spring semester.
A big part of college success is making connections — with other students and with your professors. And as a first-year student at NVU, there’s no better way to build connections than joining a Learning Community.
Our Learning Community includes a small group of students who take two classes together and participate in a variety of activities all organized around a common theme that matches your interests — so from day one you’re making friends with people who share those interests. And because the community is small, you’re building close-knit relationships with your professors as well.
Residential Life and Service Learning Programs
The college transition and living in a community can bring stress with the change. Homesickness, roommate relationships, peer pressure, managing time, and maintaining a healthy diet are common concerns of new students. We’ll keep you posted on programs during the year that can help you adjust.
Service learning is an integral part of the NVU experience. Many students volunteer and have leadership roles with community-based projects around the U.S. and in other countries. You’ll learn about these opportunities early in your first semester.
For first-year students who start at NVU-Johnson in the spring semester, our two-day Winter SOAR offers sessions on financial aid, academic advising and support, and other important information. You’ll also get to know other new students.
We're here to help.
Email JohnsonFirstYear@NorthernVermont.edu or call us at 802.635.1200