Lyndon First Year

Lyndon First Year

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Your first year of college is a time of change, challenge, and growth. And your experiences during this critical time will form the foundation of your academic and personal success. The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon First-Year Experience staff will help you identify the resources you need to succeed and help you settle into college life.

As you become part of the NVU-Lyndon community, you’ll make friends with other new students and build connections with your faculty advisor and staff in departments across campus.

We have answers to your questions about academic advising, residential life and health services, campus organizations, community service projects, and all the other opportunities available to you at NVU-Lyndon. 

The First-Year Experience staff is here to help you reach your goal of finishing your degree program and becoming a college graduate.

NVU-Lyndon First-Year Experience Programs

Summer SOAR 2019

All new students are required to participate in our two-day SOAR event, which gives an introduction to life on our Lyndon campus. You will attend workshops, join in discussion groups, and learn about your major and the academic advising and registration processes. And the Resource Fair provides information about IT services, community service opportunities, and other campus offices. You'll be assigned a SOAR date.

You’ll leave orientation with your class schedule.

If you will be traveling to campus from a distance, you can spend a night in a campus residence hall at no charge.

Learn more about SOAR at NVU-Lyndon.

Fall Kick-Off 

This part of your orientation, the weekend before classes begin, is a deep dive into college life. You’ll do the basics such as getting your photo ID, mailbox key, and parking permit. The kick-off also includes a welcome from NVU President Elaine Collins, a meeting with students in your residence hall, and sessions on time and stress management, roommate relationships, community policies and expectations, and other topics.

The weekend also features a lot of fun activities that are campus traditions, from the Hornet Olympics and a pop culture variety show to a soccer match and dance party.


Welcome Week 

Welcome Week gives you the opportunity to learn about the many campus resources to support you while you’re here and celebrate the start of the academic year. Various campus offices and departments sponsor events to help you get to know staff and learn more about what’s available.

January SOAR 2019: January 17-18

All new students are required to participate in a SOAR event. During the weekend prior to the spring semester, you'll dive deep into the college life. You’ll do the basics such as getting your photo ID, mailbox key, and parking permit. The kick-off also includes a welcome from NVU President Elaine Collins. Once the weekend comes to a close, the campus will be filled with returning students, and you'll be able to mingle and meet fellow classmates.

Peer Leaders

All new NVU-Lyndon students are connected with a peer leader – a current NVU student who can help you get acclimated to life on the Lyndon campus. You’ll meet your peer leader at SOAR and reconnect at Fall Kick-Off. Each peer leader mentors a small group of students — your peer group— to keep them on track in their first year.

Your peer leader will check in with you a few weeks after the semester starts and again at mid-semester and arrange academic support if appropriate. Peer leaders have office hours at the Peer Resource Center, so it’s easy for you to schedule one-on-one time.

First-Year Seminar

This required seminar, which offers academic credit, is usually related to your major. Each week, staff from a different office will make a presentation, so you’ll learn more about academic advising and support, course registration, athletics, financial aid, library and IT services, and other departments. With this information, you’ll create a handbook of resources to use while you’re here.

Common Read 

NVU-Lyndon's Common Read initiative creates opportunities for a common experience across the campus for thoughtful discussion, self-exploration, and engagement. This year's selection, a collection of conversations from National Public Radio’s StoryCorps, is available via audio recordings and in print. The excerpts come from two StoryCorps books, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. Check out the NVU-Lyndon Common Read Guide here. 


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