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  • Programming geared toward the high school to university transition
  • Assistance for those new to campus
  • Out-of-class experience with faculty and staff
  • Tutoring and academic assistance
  • Close proximity to others who are new to the campus
  • Fun opportunities to get you involved in campus life
  • Weekend activities to make GSW the place you want to be

It isn't easy being a freshman. The First-Year Experience program at Southwestern, or FYE, helps ease the transition from high school to college. Research shows the first year of college is critical to the success of students. Through the FYE program, Southwestern students are given the right introduction to college life to help them build a firm foundation for a strong future of learning. That introduction includes a special residence hall designated for freshmen, so that they can "live and learn" together.


Jill Hohnecker
Director of Residence Life
Residence Life
Southwestern Oaks 1, room C135
Phone: 229-931-3195


The FYE includes a required "University 1000" class that instructs new students in good study habits and time management skills. We reserve seating for freshmen in core curriculum courses to aid in an easy registration process. All of these aspects help students make new friends their first semester of college and ensure their social and academic growth. The program also includes our First Year Advocate.


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