First Year Leaders
First Year Leaders (FYLs) assist professors who teach the required Freshman Seminar course and mentor new students during one-on-one meetings outside of class.
FYLs are required to enroll in credit/no credit leadership classes, teach topics associated with the Freshman Seminar, mentor first year students, and meet regularly with their Freshman Seminar instructor of record.
Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at the time of application, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, submit application materials, and participate in interviews.
Applications have closed for Fall 2022. However, the application process will reopen in Fall 2023.
If you’re interested in applying to join the FYL Program, please attend one of the information sessions we’ll hold in September 2023 where you’ll learn everything you need to know about the program and the application process.
For additional information about First Year Leaders, contact Dr. JD Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Year Leaders are:
First year students want to make friends and their satisfaction with college often depends on feeling connected to others. FYLs are companions who support new students and help them make friends with classmates.
First year students may feel overwhelmed due to information overload, unfamiliarity with campus locations, and confusing terminology. FYLs help new students connect to resources, services, campus activities, and learn university “language,” all of which positively influence graduation rates.
First year students must learn how to succeed in college, both academically and socially. FYLs act as mentors and teach new students about topics with which they have a high level of credibility, such as those related to behavior, lifestyle, and the university social scene.
First year students want the support of others who can offer help when necessary. FYLs can advocate on behalf of students, teach them how to advocate for themselves, and direct them to on-campus resources and services when help is needed.