First-Year Studies Program

Eldridge Hall


Welcome to the First-Year Studies program at Troy University. We are pleased that you have chosen, or are planning to choose, TROY and hope that you will enjoy your stay here as you pursue your goals. Many innovative programs and services are available to expand your learning experience and to enhance your academic achievement. Please visit me in the Office of First-Year Studies, located in Eldridge 117.

I look forward to meeting you.


Hal Fulmer, Dean
First-Year Studies

Mission Statement

The First-Year Studies Program (FYSP) at Troy University is a comprehensive program that focuses on students who are making the transition from high school or post-high school experiences to the university experience. This program promotes an understanding of and appreciation for higher education; provides programs and services that improve students’ opportunities for academic success as well as for personal, social, and career enrichment; encourages civic and campus engagement; orientates students to the University and its policies and resources; and fosters the development of positive relations between and among students, faculty, and staff. An overarching goal of the FYSP is to enhance student retention and graduation. Ultimately, the program aims to assist students.

University Orientation - TROY 1101

Welcome to TROY 1101, University Orientation. During the first year of college, students establish the foundation upon which to base the remainder of their education. That is why it is extremely important that first-year students build a strong foundation academically and personally. To this end, the Troy University faculty and staff want to assist students in managing effectively the university environment and thinking critically about the choices they make regarding their college education and perspective career.

The first-year orientation course helps students develop an appreciation for and understanding of higher education, learn about the Troy University system worldwide, become familiar with the resources of the University, acquire strategies for succeeding in college and in a career, engage in campus activities, participate in a common reading initiative, and persist from their first year to graduation.

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