First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar (FYS) is a voluntary program designed to help first-year students make the most of their time at U.Va. Participants meet once a week for five weeks to discuss a variety of topics ranging from identity awareness and personal accountability to building relationships with faculty. The weekly sessions are led by teams of facilitators who are upperclass students often involved in a wide variety of organizations and activities around Grounds. The program culminates with a panel discussion, during which first-year students have the opportunity to ask graduating fourth years about their experience at the University. Although FYS does not carry academic credit, students who have participated in the past have found it to be both meaningful and fun, a valuable addition to their experience at U.Va.

First Year Seminar Participants

For First-Year Students

Most students who participate in First Year Seminar have been identified by an RA, academic dean or other administrator as someone who would benefit from what First Year Seminar offers, small discussion groups and and opportunity to meet other First Years. Orientation and New Student Programs sends the recommended student a letter inviting him/her to attend an information session, at which he/she can learn more about the program. If you did not receive a letter but are interested in participating, you may still attend one of the information sessions and sign up to join FYS if there is space available.

Important Dates for 2014

FYS Information Sessions
January 27 (Minor Hall-125 6-7 pm) & January 28 (Ern Commons 6-7 pm)
FYS Week One
February 3 & 4
FYS Week Two
February 10 & 11
FYS Week Three
February 17 & 18
FYS Week Four
February 24 & 25
FYS Week Five
March 3 &  4