The University College Freshman Center provides assistance to first-time freshmen as they make the transition to the university. The center is staffed by the Retention Counselor and Freshman Seminar instructors who assist students in resolving the variety of problems they face either as freshmen or as first semester transfer students. The staff provides information about academic advisement, university policies and procedures, career planning, academic support resources, and other similar matters. The Retention Counselor works closely with the faculty of Freshman Seminar and University Studies. University Studies instructors provide viable information to first semester transfer students as well.
Freshman Seminar I and II is a two-semester orientation to the university that is required of all first-time freshmen. These courses are designed to introduce students to the university experience in general, and the history, policies, procedures, and resources of Fayetteville State University. Students participate in orientation sessions in the Counseling Center, the Chesnutt Library, the Office of Career Services and Placement, and the Business Office and Office of Financial Aid. The courses are intended, further, to help students develop an academic plan that will enable them to graduate in four years, and acquire the time management skills, study habits, and other skills that are necessary for success at the university.
University Studies is a one-semester orientation to the university designed specifically for transfer students who enter FSU with fewer than 30 transfer credits (freshman status). The course content is comparable to that of Freshman Seminar I and II.
Freshman Seminar/University Studies instructors serve as academic advisors for all students enrolled in their respective classes. They seek to help students resolve the variety of problems they may face in making the transition to the university. They assist students with academic advisement and career planning during the freshman year, and direct students to other resources for assistance, as needed.
Transfer students who enter FSU with 30 or more transfer credits are not required to complete University Studies.