First-Year Learning Community
The First-Year Learning Community is
an optional program that consists of pairings of
courses that have been developed by faculty to focus on a shared
theme. Each pairing satisfies portions of the general education
program requirements while enhancing the student experience. Students
who choose to join the First-Year Learning Community will participate
in one pairing of courses.
Academic programs have been developed to support the student’s transition to college by providing meaningful interaction with faculty members and their peers. The planned academic programs involve faculty who have connected their course content in ways that create powerful learning opportunities for students. The professors will not only collaborate with one another to develop in-class experiences, but will also host programs that relate to the classes in ways that will enhance your learning.
With a wide variety of academic fields to choose from, the First-Year
Learning Community offers a unique opportunity for incoming freshmen
to establish a solid foundation to ensure success at GVSU.
Space in each pairing is limited, it's important that you sign up by May 1!
Interested in joining?
Courses will be assigned to students based on preference and availability. Placement in a particular Connected Course pairing is not guaranteed.
Sign up by May 1 for optimal course placement.
"The students that I've had in this program have seemed more
engaged and interactive. They have built a community all their own.
The students attend the Connected Courses and co-curricular programs
together, while all transitioning to GVSU at the same time - they
have comfort with one another."
- Dr. Brian Hatzel, Faculty Director - Movement Science House
"My other course experiences may give knowledge that is not very applicable in the real world. Writing 150 and LIB 100 connected ideas that we learned in class that with concepts that I could apply to my every day schema and engage with the people around me in a unique way that I hadn't previously thought of."