First Year Experience

Xavier University of Louisiana has an integrated and comprehensive program designed to allow new students to make the transition from high school to college and provide these students with the tools needed for college success. The goals of the Freshman Year Experience are to empower freshmen with the skills and support needed for college success (and Xavier success), enhance their professional development, and understand their role and mission as Xavier students. Xavier students, then, should be exposed to:

  • The Mission of XU and the Vision of St. Katharine Drexel
  • University Policies and Procedures, and Respective Offices
  • Skills for Academic Success
  • Academic Support Programs and Other Resources
  • Means to Achieve Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Well-Being
  • Skills and Behaviors for Professional Success
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Campus Organizations and Co-curricular Activities
  • Use of Technology
  • What is Expected of a Xavierite

The Freshman Year Experience includes the Summer “Lagniappe” Orientation, the Fall New Student Orientation, the Freshman Seminar courses (FRSM 1000 and FRSM 1100), student monitoring and mentoring, a freshman book reading, and a common theme that can be used in first-year courses.

The freshman common reader for Fall 2012 is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (ISBN: 9780385528207). These books will be distributed during the first Freshman Seminar lecture class if you have not already received it by mail.

For more information on the First Year Experience contact the Student Academic Success Office at 504-520-5466 or
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