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FIND YOUR PROGRAM
Welcome! Here at Madonna University, 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.
Our office will assist you through your time at Madonna by organizing and facilitating
an orientation experience for incoming students, designing curriculum for our transition
to college class (UNV 1020) to set you up for success, providing on-campus opportunities
to meet new people and current students, and boasting a successful Peer Mentor program
that gives you access to guidance from upper-level students from your first day on
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 within your chosen area of study.
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. We promote interdisciplinary approaches to learning
and problem solving so students recognize the interconnectedness of knowledge and
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 1020:
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
1020 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.
Transitions to Higher Education is a two credit course required of all incoming students
who are less than 24 years old and have fewer than 13 college transfer credits (excluding
AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, or Middle College credits).
UNV 1020 is designed to:
Address transition issues that First-Year Students face when entering the University
Introduce students to thought-provoking, challenging, and interesting ideas to enhance
their critical thinking, research, writing, and presentation skills
Engage students in a community of learners
Incorporate a service-learning experience that fulfills the University’s mission of