Our Mission

During this time of social distancing due to the international pandemic (COVID-19), we are as committed as ever to 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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Success coaching available via Zoom

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.


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Q and A sessions with the Success Coaches

Connect with the Success Coaches this summer by attending one of our upcoming Q and A sessions.  Sessions will be held on June 25, July 14, and July 30.

You can also view a brief presentation about our office here.

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First Year Fridays will be held virtually for the Fall 2020 semester.  First-Year students will receive a video from their Success Coach each Friday that covers a tip of the week.  First-year students should check their EagleMail for the best tips on how to be successful as they start the first semester!

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Cu Plan for success

CU Plan for Success is a mandatory program designed to help first-year students who have been placed on academic probation (fallen below a 2.0 GPA).  Success Coaches from The Center for First Year Experience will guide students as they take charge of their academic success to improve their GPA.  Students will complete a module on D2L that will help them to understand:

  • What is academic probation and what does it mean for me?
  • Academic probation and my financial aid
  • First semester challenges (a self-assessment to identify factors that prevented satisfactory academic progress).

Students: Please log in to D2L to access the details, requirements, and next steps of the CU Plan for Success program.


Dr. Richard Lane
Professor, English & Modern Languages
Academic Affairs

You can book an appointment with a Success Coach with the links below.

Coach by major




Last Updated 7/9/20