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First Year Experience Courses
Supporting Postsecondary Success

First year experience courses, often referred to as college success courses or freshman seminars, are courses for first-year students in 2-year and 4-year colleges. The general goals of first year experience courses are to support the academic performance, social development, persistence, and degree completion of college students. Additionally, first year experience courses often aim to increase students’ sense of campus community and connection to their institutions, while giving students the opportunity to interact with faculty and peers.

Findings

4
studies that met standards out of
97
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Academic achievement Potentially positive effects PS
 
 
4
Attainment Potentially positive effects
 
 
9
Credit accumulation and persistence Potentially positive effects PS
 
 
9

Last Updated: July 2016

Race

Asian
25%
Black
7%
Native American
0%
White
79%
Not specified
16%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
46%
Not Hispanic
53%

Gender

Male: 54%
Female: 45%

English Learners

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8%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Whole Class

Type

Curriculum
Practice

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

TX, CA
Midwest, South, West


Related Resources

This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Development Services Group, Inc. under contract ED–IES–12–C–0084.

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