First Year Experience
First Year Experience (FYE)- A New Student Orientation
WHAT IS FYE?
The First Year Experience (FYE) is a 2-day new student orientation designed to assist students in the successful transition to college. In addition, students will become acquainted with their program of study and meet key faculty, staff, and their advisor. FYE creates opportunities for new students to build lasting friendships with classmates, strengthen their academic preparedness, and learn about resources at the college and what to expect in college-level classes.
Summer FYE 2013 Registration is now open:
WHAT HAPPENS AT FYE?
Each FYE cycle is slightly different due to time of year and necessary changes that may be appropriate. However, the overall goal of each cycle is to help students get acclimated to BFIT and what it is like to now be a college student. A detailed schedule will be provided during check-in the morning FYI begins to clearly explain what students will be doing. As a preview to help better explain what to expect, please click on the following link: FYE Sample Schedule (PDF 111.6KB).
What do I need to do before FYE?
Pay your $100.00 deposit in full. Students who do not pay their deposit will not receive a class schedule on their first day of classes until payment is complete.
- Complete your registration process. This may be slightly different for each student so be sure to touch base with your Admissions Counselor for details. A few items everyone will need to have completed include:
- Submitting your high school transcript
- Finalizing your immunization records
- Taking your placement tests
What will happen at FYE?
During FYE student will have the chance to meet faculty, staff, returning and other new students. There will be various social opportunities to get to know your peers, entertainment, and valuable presentations to help prepare you for the year ahead as a new college student. You will also have the opportunity to do a little “housekeeping” which will include getting your student ID, finalizing financial aid paperwork, or even ordering/picking up textbooks.
Why is it important to meet my Advisor at FYE?
Your advisor will serve in that role for your first and possibly second year at BFIT. Your advisor will be your top resource for getting acclimated to campus, adjusting to college life, receiving referral to other campus resources, and continually plotting your academic career. It is important that you stay in touch with your advisor regularly to build a solid relationship. The best, most helpful advising relationships are those when advisors know you and you know them! FYI is a great opportunity to start building this relationship and planning how you intend to communicate.
Will I get my academic course schedule at FYE?
FYI is largely about getting acclimated to BFIT and learning how to navigate this new place. Your schedule will be automatically generated for you and ready for pick up the first day of classes; each semester we hold a required check-in in the main lobby of the Union building. If you have any questions about your schedule you can ask at that time. It is important to remember that course work here is very regimented and sequential; most schedules within a major will look very similar so we prefer to spend the time at FYE focusing on other important topics.
What do I need to do before the first day of classes?
Order your textbooks!
It is also very important to come to your first day of classes fully prepared. In addition to textbooks, you will want to have notebooks, pencils, pens, flash drives, and any other materials required for your classes. The BFIT Kite and Key College Store will also be well stocked with supplies should you need something once here on campus.
PARENTS AND FAMILY INFORMATION
What does BFIT offer for assistance to parents and family members?
Any member of the Department of Student Affairs can be of assistance at any time:
- Dean of Students: Brian Bicknell, 617-588-1365
Director of Advising: Rachel Arno, 617-588-1354
Assistant Director of Advising: Sally Heckel, 617-588-1378
Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct: Brett Wellman, 617-588-1336
Director of Student Involvement and Leadership: Nick Pirelli, 617-588-1352
What can I expect at FYE?
Parents and family members are welcome to attend FYE although they will not be able to participate in the program along with their student. Instead, family members are invited to attend our Parent/Family program, which may include information such as campus safety, financial aid, career services, tutoring services, campus involvement, and academic advising. You will have the opportunity to join your student at lunch for a mid-day break.
What is the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?
Once an individual reaches the age of 18, s/he must provide written permission in order for the College to release any information from his/her academic record. Follow the FERPA link for a more information.
Where can I get information about other BFIT services?
Be sure to like us on Facebook and visit the BFIT website regularly for up to date events, programs, and campus happenings!
FYE On-Line TUTORIAL
The tutorial at the link below serves as a recap of the two-day FYE event for new students. Students who missed the two-day event will be notified that they are required to complete this tutorial as a make-up for missing the event.