Remember the first few days at college: excitement, fear, nervousness, acceptance or anxiety? Whatever those first impressions were, many remember their first year as the beginning of some of the best days of their lives. Research has shown that a student's first year shapes their perceptions of a college and will determine if they remain. In short, the first year is crucial because of its impact on student success.
A few incoming L&S freshmen will select a first year pathway in the My Application Portal (MAP). Among the choices are Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) where UC Berkeley provides similar small-group learning experiences for freshmen. In many ways, first-year students need those intense, close encounters more than seniors do. Most small undergraduate colleges offer such intimate experiences all four years. But such a structure is hard to scale at large public colleges and universities, where most American undergraduate students are enrolled.
The FPF program focuses on helping the first year students navigate higher education and acclimate to the Berkeley culture.
- A typical math lecture size is 50 versus 400 on main campus.
- FPF alumni have higher graduation rates than their non-FPF peers.
- 100% of FPF instructors lead their own discussion sections.
FPF staff will be on hand at the Information Marketplace during Cal Day on April 21 to answer questions, and share how a first term in FPF will set students on a course to build an academic life that is rewarding.