Welcome to First-Year Programs

First-year programs are considered high-impact practices that help students adjust to college life, ease the transition from high school to college, and offer ongoing support for students through their 30th earned credit hour.

First-Year Programs currently falls under the department of University Advising & Student Transitions and includes two different programs: First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) and the Summer Ignite Program.


First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) provide an opportunity for students to begin their college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives. FLCs consist of small groups of 22-25 first-semester college students taking two to three linked courses as a group.

VSU has three types of FLCs:

  1. Major based
  2. Theme based
  3. Residential

For more information on the FLC program, visit the First Year Learning Communities page.

First-Year Seminar Experience (FYSE 1101)

FYSE 1101 is a seminar course focusing on contemporary and enduring questions that engage students in intellectual inquiry and academic life while encouraging critical thinking skills and metacognitive reflection. FYSE 1101 course are offered on a variety of topics. To learn more about FYSE 1101 courses and see which topics are offered for Fall 2020 visit the First-Year Seminar Experience page.

Summer Ignite Program 

The Summer Ignite Program is an invitation-only program designed for a select group of students who wish to attend VSU but did not meet the requirements for regular admission. Over a 7-week semester, students will take three classes (8 credit hours) designed to prepare them for educational success at VSU. The Summer Ignite Program will help students meet the necessary requirements to become a fully enrolled VSU student for the sequential Fall term. 

For more information, visit the Summer Ignite Program page. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact University Advising & First-Year Programs at 229-245-4378