Through mentor-mentee meetings, sample classes taught by Dartmouth faculty members, skill-building workshops and seminars, self-assessment and goal-setting sessions, team and community-building activities, and small group discussions, FYSEP students learn the mechanics of a successful Dartmouth experience while forging a strong peer network that will continue even after graduation.
The FYSEP Pre-Orientation Program for the 2020-2021 school year will be held August 9th - September 7th. A typical day includes sample classes taught by Dartmouth faculty members, skill-building workshops and seminars, self-assessment and goal-setting sessions, team and community-building activities, and small group discussions.
During pre-orientation, FYSEP students experience authentic classroom settings with Dartmouth professors from a range of departments. These professors assign homework, hold office hours, and provide feedback on student work—all in an attempt to best prepare the FYSEP students for the challenges and rewards of Dartmouth's rigorous academic expectations.
The mentor-based support network provides FYSEP students with peer mentoring from upperclass students who have been carefully selected to provide support and guidance during the pre-orientation program and on a regular basis during the first year.
FYSEP mentors are enthusiastic upperclass students who learned from their own transitions to Dartmouth how to successfully navigate all that the College has to offer. They are trained to offer support and guidance to program participants and have deep knowledge of the mechanics of a successful Dartmouth experience.
Foster a sense of community among scholars and mentors, with activities such as bowling, learn-to-ski, movie nights, apple-picking, FYSEP sponsored hikes, and etc.
Introduce FYSEP students to the many features of the Dartmouth experience in a low-pressure environment. The sessions during pre-orientation and on-going workshops throughout the year help participants to enhance their skills, and to reflect on their goals and abilities.
Ongoing enrichment activities throughout the first year to reinforce the skills learned during the pre-orientation program, to tackle challenges in the moment, and to sustain the close-knit FYSEP community.