The Center for First Year Experience

Our Mission

The Center for First Year Experience's mission is to provide a supportive environment to ease the transition of our first year students into the academic, cultural and social life of Clarion University.  The opportunities and experiences we provide are designed to build the skills, knowledge and values necessary to achieve academic, personal and professional awareness.

Clarion's first year students will courageously go after their dreams with the confidence to know they can.

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NOW (New Student Orientation Week)

NOW is a week long orientation for first year students.  NOW will start with move in on Monday, Aug. 21.  The week includes various presentations and activities for students to become acclimated to academics and life at Clarion University.  Themes covered throughout the week include Academic Acclimation, First Year Fundamentals, Social Excellence and Service, and Life Outside the Classroom.  There is also an optional Parent Forum available at two different times on Aug. 21.  Check back for a full schedule.


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Exploring Clarion are optional opportunities to come to campus to get acclimated to university life and have your questions answered prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  Sessions include information on residence life, meal plans, financial aid packages, and tips for academic success.  Dates for Summer 2017 are June 16, June 23, and June 30.  The schedule is available here.

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First Year Fridays

First Year Fridays are hosted each Friday of the fall semester outside of Becht Hall.  Student Success Coaches host the event and offer freebies, such as t-shirts, food, and free information!  Each week there is a different topic briefly covered.  For Fall 2017, themes will include communicating with your professors, time management, and study tips.  Stop by the table anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Fridays!  We will CU there!

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STUDENT SUCCESS COACHES are professionals who:

• Work with first year students to develop
realistic goals that contribute to personal
and academic success.

• Refer and connect students with relevant
university resources.

• Guide students as they make meaningful
social connections on campus.


Dr. Richard Lane
406 Becht Hall

Ms. Erin Schuetz
407 Becht Hall
814 393 1769

Bonita Bailey
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
416 Becht Hall

Dani Emings
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
402 Becht Hall

Matthew Mullen
First Year Experience - Student Success Coach
411 Becht Hall

Last Updated 6/9/17