First Year Experience

The Center for Student Development recognizes the importance of students' transition into college life. First-year students meet new people, learn more about themselves, discover new ideas, collaborate with professors and live on their own, for perhaps the first time. The First Year Experience (FYE) helps students become familiar with Salve Regina, develop the skills necessary for college success, and identify campus resources and services, along with opportunities for leadership and service.


A collaborative and required welcoming program, Explorientation consists of activities that support students in meeting new people, learning about Salve Regina and its campus and preparing for a successful year in college. During Explorientation, students meet their First Year Experience peer mentor, a current student who supports new students as they transition into Salve Regina's social and scholarly community. Explorientation begins the morning of Labor Day, when all new students meet their First Year Transitions cohort.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at (401) 341-2915 or

FYT100: First Year Transitions

We provide transitional support for new students as they embark on their first year at Salve Regina. All new, matriculating students are enrolled in a First Year Transitions (FYT) course during the fall semester. The course is designed to support students’ transition into college life and promote an exploration of self-awareness and personal identity. FYT courses are instructed by University staff and faculty and are co-taught by peer mentors who are current Salve Regina students. Students in the same FYT course are also enrolled in the same University Seminar during the fall semester.

FYT Peer Mentor Program

FYT peer mentors are sophomores, juniors or seniors who co-facilitate the First Year Transitions course with an instructor. Peer mentors serve as a resource to new and first-year students and provide students with a perspective of life at Salve Regina. The relationships that new students form with their mentors are admirable and advantageous.