FYSEP provides a rigorous, dynamic and transformative experience that puts participants in a position to thrive at Dartmouth both academically and socially. The program offers sample classes with Dartmouth faculty, workshops, activities, and seminars designed to simulate life at Dartmouth and to prepare participants to handle some of the challenges they may face during the course of their first year.
Through a five day pre-Orientation program and ongoing support throughout their first year, FYSEP students gain a broad array of understandings and skills designed to help them make the most of their experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. As an example, all students participate in one-to-one mentoring meetings from upperclass students.
- To thrive in college-level classes.
- To use campus resources to support them in their non-academic lives.
- To make the most of the unique network of support that the FYSEP students and undergraduate mentors provide.
- To better understand their own inner-strengths, affinities, and areas for growth.
FYSEP was launched in the fall of 2009 as a student led year-long mentorship program that connected first-year students with trained upperclass mentors and campus resources.
The class of 2022 has 91 FYSEP participants. These students are among the first in their families to attend a four-year college and to whom Dartmouth offers added enrichment in their transition to college life.
All students who are first generation and low income are invited to apply. We encourage students who were not invited to the program to utilize the Undergraduate Deans’ Office, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Academic Skills Center, and Dartmouth’s many peer mentoring programs for help addressing transitional concerns.