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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, so we encourage you to sign up today!
*Please note, students who are participating in the Frederik Meijers Honors College are unable to participate in the First Year Learning Community. The Connected Courses are not designed to fulfill the curriculum requirements for the Frederik Meijers Honors College.
Interested in participating?
"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
"The courses helped me better understand each other; writing helped me learn how to write my thoughts that I had to compose for my liberal studies clas, and my liberal class taught me why I was writing. They definitely benefit each other and even each other out."