First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar Program helps you to make a successful transition into college.

Joining a College Community

Studies at Castleton begin well before the first day of classes, and Castleton supports students every step of the way. The semester unofficially begins with students attending a Registration Weekend in June or July. During this Friday-Saturday visit, students will have the opportunity to make connections well before the Fall semester begins. They will receive their Fall course schedule, connect with other students within their FYS community and meet their FYS faculty advisors.

The First-Year Seminars are designed to not only fulfill a general education course requirement but also to provide a transition to university life, both in and out of the classroom. Like other courses in the General Education Program, the First-Year Seminars help students to chart their path through the University experience, planning for their individual success, and making connections between what they are experiencing in their courses and the many activities that will be available to them at Castleton. All FYS courses emphasize four themes: 

Girl with newtDeveloping Intellectual Curiosity

First-Year Seminars introduce some of the compelling questions of the academic disciplines and help incoming students to understand what it means to study in college. The FYS experience should inspire students to begin asking some more of those questions on their own.

Students working at a computerHoning Academic Skills

First-Year Seminars are specially designed to promote the academic skills that students will need at college. Some of these skills include using a university library, doing original research, and communicating their findings to members of the University community.

Student orientation staffPracticing Responsibility 

For many first-year students, coming to college is a new experience of responsibilities, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom, as well. First-Year Seminars promote the general skills that every student needs such as setting goals, balancing priorities, and managing time. They also familiarize students with the many resources at Castleton that will help them to achieve their goals.

A student government meetingBecoming a Citizen

Enrolling in a university means joining a university community, a community that is both an intellectual community as well as a social community. First-Year Seminars help incoming students to appreciate this “citizenship” at Castleton as they prepare for citizenship in the communities beyond college.

First-Year Seminars are mainly intended for first-semester and transfer students who have either not matriculated elsewhere or who have earned fewer than 12 credits from an accredited university. 

Important Dates 2018

New Student Registration Weekends
Friday - Saturday June 15-16, 2018
Friday - Saturday July 13-14, 2018
New Student Orientation
Friday - Saturday August 24-25, 2018
Fall Semester Begins
Monday August 27, 2018