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The First Year Experience program is dedicated to ensuring students’ smooth transition into Longwood and through their first year. This is accomplished through summer orientation and registration. Complimenting summer orientation is an extended August orientation program (New Lancer Days) that partners with the required one-credit general education course (Longwood Seminar). Longwood Seminar is Longwood’s required one-credit course that provides an extended orientation and academic skill building curriculum for new students. It is under the Academic Affairs division and has oversight by the Faculty Senate. The major thrust of First Year Experience is to facilitate student development toward independence and civic responsibility. The program emphasizes creation and enhancement of living-learning spaces on campus. The First Year Experience program also provides an exemplary leadership opportunity for over 60 student peer mentors to "co-teach" the Longwood Seminar with faculty. 

Our Programs Include:

Orientation & Registration

New Lancer Days


Family Programs

First Year Reading Experience

Peer Mentors

The 1839 Experience

Compass Community