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First Year Connections

The First Year Connections (FYC) Program was implemented in the Fall of 2003 with the concept that providing additional learning communities within the residential environment and was an important factor in the mission and vision of the department. The program is similar to the NET program in terms of students residing together on a specific floor and enrolling in a section of UNIV 1231.

FYC participants live in a clustered living community focused on one of the three following topics community service (TWU Serves), global perspectives (Global Connection) or are co-participants in the SUCCESS  program (SUCCESS).  Upper class students, who are FYC alumna, serve as the RAs (resident assistants) and PAs (peer advisors) for the communities.  The RAs and PAs live on the floors with FYC students in Stark or Guinn Hall, providing valuable resources and assistance to the residents in the community.

First Year Connections are implemented through the collaboration of several departments on campus; the Center for Student Development, College of Arts and Sciences and Office of Intercultural Studies.   These three communities are designed to meet student’s needs in those specific areas of interest.  Students receive the same academic support as NET students with the goal of increasing retention.  Two communities are housed in Stark Hall and one community in Guinn Hall.

Students Can Expect from FYC:

  • A network of friends
  • Community spirit
  • Frequent interaction with faculty and university leaders
  • Enhanced connection inside and outside of the classroom
  • Access to peer assistance and study hours
  • Improved grades
  • Assistant in reaching academic goals
  • Classroom learning extended to the residence hall
  • A means to address social and academic concerns

Application Process

To participate in the FYC program you must:

  1. Be admitted to TWU
  2. Residential FYC Participants Only-Complete your housing application online with credit card payment  (If you completed your housing application earlier, simply return your completed Living Learning Community application. The $50 activity fee will be billed to your student account.)
  3. Return your completed LLC application by June 1 to the Department of University Housing at the address indicated on the application or email as an attachment to
  4. Your high school transcript must be on file at the TWU Admissions Office
  5. Acceptance to the FYC program will be made on a date-order, space-available basis for applicants who meet the program requirements. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted to each learning community. Residential participants will live in Stark Hall or Guinn Hall.  Exact housing placements will be made after students have attended New Student Orientation and FYC participants are selected.

Enrollment & Orientation

Students interested in the FYC program can attend a special Living Learning Community session during New Student Orientation. This session will give students an opportunity to meet the faculty, staff, and other students involved in the FYC program. New Student Orientation is offered several times during the summer. Students interested in the FYC program should attend orientation in June as space is very limited and offered on a first come first served basis. To receive more information about New Student Orientation, contact the Center for Student Development at 940-898-3626, or visit the web site: New Student Orientation - Orientation

UNIV 1231

TWU’s freshman seminar, UNIV 1231, provides an opportunity for students to identify their individual learning styles, and to develop the skills necessary to learn and succeed in their academic program. The course emphasizes effective integration of learning style with academic skills, personal management and resource utilization.

UNIV 1231 is required for all first year students and some special student groups (Honors, LLC, etc.) who are transferring less than thirteen credit hours. Please note that for the purposes of this program; dual, IB, and AP credits do not count as exemptions for enrollment in UNIV 1231.

This course is beneficial to all students who are interested in maximizing their academic success.

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