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 based on your preferences and course availability. Placement in a top-choice Connected Course pairing is not guaranteed.
Sign up by May 1 for optimal course placement.
"[First Year Learning Community courses] have made me more optimistic about my future college experience since we talked about taking your college experience into your own hands."
- Sophia Castine, Psychology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies
"...take a 1st Year Learning Community course, it will allow you to become a lot more engaged in the class and its content, but also helps you talk and interact with your classmates a lot more."
- Kyle Krink, Undecided
"100% do it, it is so worth it. The classes might be a little challenging, but there is way more attention provided by the professors. The class sizes are smaller and allow for extra help if you need it, plus you form good relationships with both the professors and fellow classmates."
Randi Force, Psychology