Mission Statement The mission of the Center for the First-Year Experience is to facilitate a successful transition into Dillard University life for first-year students through the coordination of the following programs: - First Year Seminar I & II - University Convocation I & II - Freshmen Learning Communities - Service Learning - Academic Success Workshops
The Center for the First Year Experience is located in Dent Hall Suite 206. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment ahead of your visit to the Center. You can reach our staff at:
Dr. Nia Haydel, Director
Ms. Shanelle Staten, Instructor
Ms. M. Shannon Williamson,...
First Year Seminar
The First Year Seminar (FYS) is a structured, year-long learning experience designed to assist first-year students in making a smooth transition to college life. FYS is meant to promote students’ academic success and introduce them to Dillard’s academic culture, with its wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs and opportunities for intellectual and...
University Convocation is a listening and learning laboratory for First Year Students. University Convocation provides students the opportunity to hear from peers, faculty, and staff. This weekly activity allows First Year Students an opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of activities and disciplines and to hear from professional speakers occasionally.
This spring our students...
What are Freshman Learning Communities?
25-30 students enrolled together in the same courses for their first year
Courses centered around a major field of interest
Introduction to the university and its resources
4-5 courses that fulfill general education requirements
Overview of success strategies and necessary academic skills
Freshman Learning Communities (FLCs) bring together a...
What is General Education?
General Education is your academic introduction to the university. This academic introduction is developed primarily through the General Education Curriculum, a set of course requirements that all students at Dillard University, regardless of their major, must meet. The courses offered in the General Education curriculum provide diverse perspectives and help you...
Campus Resources for First-Year Students
Use the Resource and Referral Guide to help you on your journey this first year at Dillard. In the guide you will find the contact information of many services the university provides to assist you. Whatever you need from career development, to tutoring, to technology issues, to how to withdraw from a course can be found in this guide.