First Year Experience / FYE Programs


In the fall, first year students are required to attend two seminars on pertinent social issues college students face. Topics might include substance abuse, date and acquaintance rape, effective communication skills, diversity as well as other social awareness topics.

  • Understanding, Recognizing, and Getting Help with Alcohol Problems
    Monday, September 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. | Jones Chapel
  • Being a Positive UpStander!
    Monday, November 13, 2017 | 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. | Jones Chapel

Freshman Leadership Retreat

The freshman leadership retreat is intended for all new freshmen officers who are elected during the fall semester, usually in September. The new officers, including the president, vice president, treasurer, and other elected positions like Cornhuskin’ co-chair and honor council representative participate in a retreat session.

The retreat has several objectives. It allows officers to meet each other, since as freshmen they haven’t yet become acquainted. They learn to establish relationships, build trust and work as a team. The retreat also prepares the leaders to go back to their organizations better equipped to accomplish their goals. The retreat is offered once a year, usually in October, and we strongly encourage all new leaders to attend.

The First Year Experience Class

The FYE Class is a one-hour credit class taught by a variety of faculty and staff across campus. This class is designed to help students make a successful transition into college.

Topics covered include:

  • StrongPoints
  • Effective study skills for college
  • Time management
  • Communicating with professors and academic dialogue
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Diversity
  • Learning about Raleigh
  • Dealing with homesickness

Because the class is small and interactive, it also provides a support group for new students, as well as the chance to develop a strong relationship with a faculty/staff member.

The First Year Experience Service Project

Each year all students taking the First Year Experience course work together on a service project that is connected to the Meredith community. Examples of previous projects include a 24-hour Walk-a-Thon to raise money for Interact, a 24-hour Rock-a-Thon to raise money for Meredith's Tide of Hope Tsunami Relief Efforts, and an 11-hour Brick-a-Thon to raise money for a Meredith-sponsored Habitat for Humanity House.

The purpose of these service projects is not only to benefit a worthy cause, but also to introduce the importance of service to each student in their Meredith education and to help first year students bond through an interactive community project.

Student Advisers

Student advisers are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are chosen each year to assist incoming first-year and transfer students in orientation, registration and overall adjustment to campus life. They also serve as a liaison to the faculty adviser, as well as a peer adviser to new students.

Any rising sophomore, junior or senior with at least a 2.4 GPA who does not hold a major campus office is eligible. Student Adviser application information will be available each January.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program enhances the academic climate on campus by engaging incoming first-year students in a shared intellectual endeavor with the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff and alumnae.

Chrissie Bumgardner

Co-Director of First Year Experience
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Phone: (919) 760-2284

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Holly Weakland

FYE, Co-Director
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Phone: (919) 760-2205

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Contact Information:

Office of the, Dean of Students
2nd Floor, Park Center (919) 760-8050

Chrissie Bumgardner
Co-Director, First Year Experience
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Holly Weakland
Co-Director, First Year Experience
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