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About First Year

Purpose & Goals

The Office of First-Year Programs coordinates academic and co-curricular programs and services for first year students, including: Advising Circles (AC 101s), academic advising, academic and adjustment counseling, and the summer orientation programs, among others.

The advising relationship is an important place for conversations that connect the dots between the learning that happens inside and outside the classroom. Advising Circles provide a weekly opportunity for small groups of first-year students to come together with their Academic Advisors to talk about curricular and cocurricular opportunities and what it means to be a member of the Denison community. Participating in a Circle allows a student to explore how the Denison community is shaped by a diversity of perspectives and to begin planning for four years of meaningful, educational experiences.

Students who have participated in Advising Circles have been overwhelmingly positive about their experience — “I got to know my advisor so well, I wish our group continued meeting throughout the spring.” 90% of students who have taken an Advising Circle would strongly recommend it to entering students. Faculty are equally enthusiastic about their experience — “This is, by far, the best I have gotten to know my advisees. It was a very rich and rewarding experience.”