About the First-Year Experience
IUPUI offers an extensive range of experiences and opportunities to enhance your education the moment you step foot on campus. During orientation, you'll work with your advisor to enroll in the option that best fits your major, interests, and schedule. First-year seminars are the core component of all experiences. If you participate in a Learning Community, the first-year seminar is part of that experience.
Bridge Week takes place the week before fall classes begin and gets you ready to hit the ground running. After you’ve enrolled in a first-year seminar, we will invite you to participate in Bridge Week.
Learning communities combine a first-year seminar and one or two other linked general education courses.
Standalone First-Year Seminars
Standalone first-year seminars are individual classes that meet during the regular semester and are not connected to any other courses that you'll take during your first semester.
Live the experience
Create lasting friendships
Make deep connections with other awesome Jaguars starting college like you
Serve your community
Service learning is a key element of many first-year experiences
You'll have countless opportunities to get to know your major, campus, and everything in-between
Support from day one
You'll have a strong support network of faculty, advisors, and mentors
Have fun while learning
Experiences are designed to engage students and make learning a breeze
Go beyond the classroom
You won't just be listening, you'll be doing, going, visiting, making, and more!
Participating in Bridge really helped me feel like I belonged and helped ease my nerves about starting college.Former Bridge participant
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