We place particular emphasis on the first year of college, and work to make it a smooth
transition and a positive experience. Through the Office of First-Year Experience
(FYE) we provide opportunities for you to get involved and to build relationships
in the classroom and in the Madonna community.
The Office of First-Year Experience exists to ensure that your first year at Madonna
is a great experience that will set you up to continue successfully through to graduation.
There are several steps you should take to prepare for the Fall 2021 semester. More
information on how to RSVP for New Student Orientation and the New Student To Do List
will be posted on our website and communicated to our new students soon. If you have
any questions in the meantime, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, we have the below dates tentatively scheduled for New Student Orientation
for our direct from high school students starting in Fall 2021.
New Student Orientation Dates:
June 3, 2021
June 17, 2021
July 8, 2021
July 22, 2021
July 29, 2021
August 5, 2021
August 19, 2021
*Please note these dates are subject to change. Any changes and updates will be communicated
to our new students in a timely manner.
At Madonna University, we believe that the first year of university study calls for
a focused program of study, advisement, and orientation based on the following philosophical
Learning is social and is best promoted and supported by a community of learners.
To this end, the University encourages first-year-of-college students to participate
in the Collaborative Studies Program, a curriculum that links first-year courses to
create a community of learners.
Learning is developmental; that is, first-year students are at individual levels of
maturation and intellectual, social, and personal development. As educators, the faculty
is committed to understanding where students are when they come to us, accepting and
valuing them as persons, and identifying strategies for fostering their development.
Learning is holistic, and at Madonna we strive to fulfill our mission of intellectual,
spiritual, and personal development. To this end, the Collaborative Studies Program
promotes interdisciplinary approaches to learning and problem solving so students
recognize the interconnectedness of knowledge and human experience.
Our educational practice should be learner-centered. This implies that students need
to be taught to take responsibilities for their learning in order to promote the ideal
of life-long learning. One aspect of this goal relates to the component of UNV 1010:
Transitions to Higher Education, that familiarizes students with the variety of academic
support services available to them as Madonna University students and encourages them
to use these services when they experience academic difficulty.
Education at Madonna University should promote the idea of service to our communities,
particularly to those in the global community who are less fortunate. This is a reflection
of the University's commitment to Catholic teachings on social justice and the ideals
of St. Francis of Assisi. To this end, the University requires all students in UNV
1010 to participate in a service learning experience.
Students benefit from understanding the history, traditions, and foundational values
of the university they attend. Through the continuum of admissions, orientation, pre-enrollment,
first semester, and second semester, the University has designed intentional strategies
for communicating these ideas to first-year students.