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Student Success Programs Contact

Office Director:

Heather Eckstein

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Phone: 620-235-6578
Fax: 620-235-6582

1701 South Broadway
113 Axe Library
Pittsburg, KS 66762

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Recent high school graduates enroll in Freshman Experience (UGS 100) during their first semester at Pittsburg State University. Be sure to find a section of this course when enrolling at Pitt C.A.R.E.S. or with an advisor. 

Exploratory Studies (undeclared) students will enroll in a section designated as Freshman Experience Undeclared. 

Course Description

Freshman Experience is a two-credit hour course that emphasizes the skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in your transition to collegiate life. While at college, you will develop aesthetically, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, physically, and socially.  Through this course we are striving to provide work habits, positive skills, and critical analysis and thinking skills.  While we will work at promoting the development of certain abilities you will need to succeed, we will also help you recognize and capitalize on those abilities which you already possess.  In addition, this class will give you opportunities to explore the various services which PSU offers to students and how/where to obtain those services.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Understand how he or she is responsible for his/her own experience in college.
  2. Understand the significance of sound academic planning towards successful completion of the degree.
  3. Describe ways to create a successful and satisfying college experience, leading to a future career choice.
  4. List and describe effective study skill methods including time management.
  5. Become familiar with library resources and services.
  6. Be able to use the Canvas online supplemental instruction system.
  7. Become familiar with ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including relationships.
  8. Become familiar with campus organizations.
  9. Become acquainted with campus resources.
  10. Be aware of responsible budgeting practices.
  11. Understand the role diversity plays in their lives.
  12. Become familiar on campus safety.

Freshman Experience is based on the following beliefs:

  1. The first year is the most important college year in that it lays a foundation for future success.
  2. There is significant intellectual and social transition from high school to PSU.
  3. The overarching purpose of FE is student acclimation to the University, the development of the skills necessary to be successful at PSU, and the establishment of a mentoring relationship between the student and FE instructor.
  4. The relationship between the student and the instructor can make a positive difference in the first year student’s life.
  5. First year students are more likely to learn and succeed in an environment where institutional values and expectations are clearly stated and modeled.
  6. Freshman Experience should be multi-dimensional and as seamless as possible.
  7. Student responsibility is the key to successful learning.
  8. The first year of college is a unique and powerful time when individual identity and life goals take shape.