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First Year Experience

The Center for Student Development recognizes the importance of students' transition into college life. First-year and transfer students meet new people, discover new ideas and learn more about themselves in the process. Our office helps new students become familiar with available resources at Salve Regina and develop the skills necessary for college success.


A week-long program at the beginning of the academic year, Explorientation is designed to provide all new students (first-year and transfer) with an educational and enjoyable introduction to life at Salve Regina. The week includes the academic Convocation, Day of Service, Club Rush, student employment job fair, trips to downtown Newport and many other events. Our office assists with facilitating this program. Questions regarding Explorientation should be directed to the Office of Student Activities, which oversees the program.

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 showed me who I was without comparing myself to others. I think this was the most important lesson I could learn: I could find out who I am without always comparing myself." Abby Wasylean '20

FYT Peer Mentor Program

FYT peer mentors are sophomores, juniors or seniors who co-facilitate First Year Transitions with an instructor. Peer mentors serve as a resource to new 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.

"Being a peer mentor is about watching these students grow, from the first-day jitters to the accomplished smiles after finishing their first year of college. Salve is my home and it's so rewarding to watch my mentees find a home here too." Maddie Key '19