First-Year Experience

The Ursinus First-Year Experience is one of the most important aspects of college life.

It is the foundation on which the entire four-year residential experience is built. Its resources are a source of support so students will thrive.

The Ursinus program offers:

  • The First-year advising program is the basis for successful adjustment to college. A First Year advisor monitors students’ personal and intellectual development, and helps ensure success.
  • Clustering of first-year students in the residence halls allows them to share their experiences, concerns and successes with their peers and with student leaders such as RAs, Ambassadors, and CIE Fellows. 
  • Our signature Common Intellectual Experience course introduces students to the intellectual community at Ursinus while asking them to challenge long held beliefs as the first step to examining which paths they will take for a successful life and career.

First-year students prepare to enter Bomberger Hall for Convocation, marking the start of the academic year.First-year students prepare to enter Bomberger Hall for Convocation, marking the start of the academic year.