Choose a Start Smart Elective

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What are Start Smart classes?

For many students, the transition to college can be challenging.  Start Smart classes are designed to help students in this transition by addressing many of the common “new student” concerns and to ensure that students receive all the support they might need.  Start Smart courses are taught by experienced faculty who care about new students and know exactly how to provide support AND inspire – at the same time.

Start Smart Students:

  • Learn about the college experience with other new students.
  • Benefit from having a counselor and a librarian assigned to their Start Smart class.
  • Develop skills to succeed in their major and career and/or take time to explore their options.
  • Map out their academic plan from start to finish!

 How do students benefit from Start Smart classes?

The research has been done.  We know students who take Start Smart type courses - known as “First Year Seminars” or FYS courses all across the country - are more likely to:

  • Earn higher GPAs
  • Build relationships with faculty outside of the classroom
  • Become involved on campus
  • Utilize campus support services

Start Smart Options

Start Smart classes are organized according to specific themes to suit many student interests. Review the Spring 2017 Start Smart options below. At Orientation, new students will meet with an advisor to discuss their educational plan and determine the best Start Smart option.

So, You Want to Be A Nurse?
Nursing is a rewarding, and at times challenging, career - learn about what's involved and where it can take you.
FYS101-B03, CRN 66893, 3 credits, Tue., 12:30–1:45 p.m./WEB. Blended class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance. 
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Smith
Your Future: Dream it, Design it, Do it!
This class helps you connect your life goals with career options and design a plan for your future.
FYS101-001, CRN 64884, 3 credits, Mon./Wed., 9:30-10:45 a.m. INSTRUCTOR: Linda Frank
Success Over Stress: Self-Management in College and Beyond
The responsibilities of college can make it difficult to balance school, work, family and social activities. High levels of stress can lead to academic struggles and unhealthy vices. Success over Stress can help you manage stress and increase happiness in the first semester of college and throughout life.
FYS 101-B65, CRN 66897, 3 credits, Wed. 2-3:30 pm.  Blended Late Start class combining online instruction with weekly on-campus attendance. 
INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Whalen


Passport to Success