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Students meeting first year success advisers

Making Friends and Finding Your Way

Your first year of college is an exciting time, and we want to make sure you get the most out of it. Our First-Year Experience (FYE) program gives you the opportunity to meet new friends, explore your interests, connect with mentors and advisors, and learn about the resources you need for success at Clark. FYE includes advising, Orientation, Clark Navigator, the First-Year Intensive course, and living in first-year residence halls.

First-Year Success Advising

From summer course registration to the end of your first year, your first-year success adviser will be there for you.


Our Orientation programs are designed to help you begin the collegiate journey.

Clark Navigator

Clark Navigator introduces you to Clark and Worcester through weekly activities.

Students at FYI course

First-Year Intensive Course

As a first-year student, you will register for a First-Year Intensive (FYI) course. Your FYI professor will become your pre-major adviser, counseling you on your academic choices at Clark and working with you for several semesters — until you declare a major (usually by the end of your sophomore year).

Move-in day with students

First-Year Residence Halls

A key part of the First-Year Experience is living in a residence hall with your peers. Here, you will get to know other first-year students and become accustomed to life at Clark. Each floor has at least one resident adviser who works to build community, support health and safety, and assists students in the building.

We're Here for You

If you have any concerns about Orientation, Clark Navigator, the First-Year Intensive course, or any other aspect of your Clark experience, we want to hear from you.

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