First-Year Experience

Illinois Tech is committed to empowering students to make a successful transition from high school to college by providing a framework through which each student is able to find their support network within the Illinois Tech community, to maximize the use of all resources the university has to offer, to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-efficacy in order to make highly impactful life decisions, and to create a highly individualized plan to realize their desired college experience.   

Using a combination of individual, group, and whole-group supports, the First-Year Experience (FYE) consists of a weekly seminar addressing topics that are relevant to students during both their first year of college and a first-year mentorship program.

First-Year Seminar 

During each student’s first year, they will participate in a weekly seminar to address the following topics:

  • Welcome to Illinois Tech: Getting to Know Your Campus Community and Resources
  • The Truth Behind the College Transition: What to Expect and How to Thrive No Matter the Challenge 
  • Understanding and Empowering Yourself as a Learner 
  • Life Satisfaction and Happiness: Your Positive Psychology Toolbox 
  • Communicating in the Real World 
  • Incorporating a Social Justice Mindset into Innovation and Community Service  

Illinois Tech instructors will lead the lecture-style seminars, which will consist of small discussion groups led by first-year mentors.

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First-Year Mentors

Student mentors will facilitate a small discussion group to supplement and expand on the topics from the First-Year Seminar. In addition, these student mentors will check in with each of their first-year mentees throughout the year to address any questions and to provide any guidance needed for students to create their individual college experience plan.

Meet Your Mentors