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. 
  • The laptop program at Ursinus allows every new student to receive a laptop computer plus an upgrade to the computer at least once again before graduation.  Ursinus has been a “laptopped” campus since the fall of 2000 with the goal of using information and computing technologies to enhance teaching and learning in the liberal arts.
  • 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.