IUPUI offers many diverse first-year academic programs to integrate the academic and community life of first-year students. These courses are designed to challenge and to support first-year students in basic skill areas to enhance academic success. This includes special attention to writing, active participation in classroom discussion, and critical thinking.
First-Year Seminars (FYS)
This is a special course required of entering students, offered by University College and all undergraduate schools. It facilitates your transition to college by introducing key information and skills needed to succeed and by offering opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and other students. FYS courses are taught by an instructional team, including a faculty member who sets academic goals and is the team leader, a student mentor who serves as your peer guide to the IUPUI experience, and an academic advisor/student success advisor who works with you to continue planning for your major.
Themed Learning Communities (TLCs)
TLCs have two or more courses paired with a first-year seminar. TLCs provide an opportunity for students to explore relationships among different academic areas and to develop a holistic perspective on education. TLC faculty members in the linked courses have developed ways to integrate their assignments across their classes.
The IUPUI Summer Bridge program is a two-week program for incoming first-year students and is held in August before classes begin. Summer Bridge students:
- Create networks for success with faculty, advisors, student mentors, and librarians
- Receive individualized support for math
- Learn to manage college-level expectations for reading and writing
- Make friends with other students
- Get connected with their schools and majors and get to know the campus