Director: Kay Angrove (936) 294-3422
Sam Houston State University is dedicated to helping first-year students make the transition to university life. Students taking advantage of the First-Year Experience program enhance their educational experience while enjoying the opportunity to build a solid foundation of skills needed for success. The University has developed a comprehensive, coordinated approach toward the first-year experience including a freshman seminar, learning communities, new student orientation, advising, newsletters, new student convocation, a common reading program, and a comprehensive listing of academic support services offered for students at SHSU.
SAM 136, Introduction to Collegiate Studies, is a three-hour, credit, elective course for freshmen. Class size is limited to approximately 25 students. Students read and write extensively on experiences and challenges that are common among first-year students. This seminar is designed to provide students with essential strategies and information to enhance the likelihood of their academic and social success.
Learning communities provide beginning freshmen the opportunity to take several classes with the same group of students. The learning communities are designed to foster the intellectual and social development of students through increased interaction with fellow students, faculty and staff. The Bearkat Learning Community provides beginning freshmen the opportunity to take classes with other students who live in the same residence hall. The Freshman Learning Community (FLC) offers beginning freshmen who may or may not live in a residence hall a unique opportunity to take classes with the same group of students, but not live with them in a common residence hall.