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The First-Year Experience


First-year students usually have many questions about college life in general and about course work in particular. While your professors will be available to answer your questions about course work in the classroom and during office hours, you will have another opportunity to get help. One of your first classes will be designated as an "advising section." The instructor will be the academic advisor of every student in that class. This class insures that you will have regular opportunities for interacting with your advisor. Your advisor will help you get answers to your questions about the Hillyer College or the  University, provide you with up-to-the-minute information about academic and social events, discuss your academic progress and plans for the future, and help you make a successful transition to college and university life.

First-Year Requirements

English Composition and Literature—two courses

  • ENB 110: Development of skills in the writing of clear, accurate prose
  • ENB 111: Focus on writing critical analyses of readings in various literary genres

History—two courses, with no more than three credits in American history, to count toward the core course requirements 

Mathematics—one to two courses, depending on placement

  • MAB 110 Introductory College Algebra.
  • MAB 111 Intermediate College Algebra
  • MAB 113 Introduction to Finite Math


Academic Strategies—two courses

  • ASB 110: Learning strategies in the areas of listening, note taking, textbook reading, and test taking; also, first-year student concerns such as college adjustment, motivation, goal setting, and time management
  • ASB 111: Critical reading and thinking skills and research strategies
Course Descriptions

Select a subject that interests you

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Starting in their first year, Hillyer students may choose to engage in focused study in areas such as global studies, business studies, environmental studies, and education studies.


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