Welcome to Hornet Territory!
We’re excited you have chosen to continue your academic journey at Lynchburg. The Office of First-Year Programs is here to help you in becoming a successful college graduate. Our mission is to offer programs and events to connect, inspire, and engage you throughout the year, which will enable you to build relationships with classmates, student leaders, campus administrators, and academic advisors while fully acclimating to the Lynchburg campus community.
This section of the website will provide you with essential information you’ll need in your transition. We encourage you to discover what First-Year Programs has to offer and to contact us with any questions. It’s a great day to be a Hornet!
For first-year students who have earned less than 12 college credits after high school graduation.
For first-year students who have earned 12 or more college credits after high school graduation.
Access & Second Degree
For students over the age of 25 and students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.
For students living off-campus.
Office of First-Year Programs
Angelo Colon, Director
Our job is to help you transform from high school student to successful college graduate. And we think we’re doing pretty well: students give us high marks on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
The programs we offer center around the Connections Program, a unique peer mentoring and education program. Expanding Your Horizons and other programs for First Generation students help them to thrive at college, and the Summer Transitions Program (STP) provides students with a great kick-off to their first year at LC.
Freshmen Services & Resources
Academic Advising: Academic and Career Services office
Each entering student is assigned an advisor who helps the student select appropriate academic programs. You’ll continue to work with this advisor until you declare a major; then you’ll be assigned an advisor in your major area.
Career Development: Academic and Career Services office
Take an active approach toward career preparation – initiative is a key factor of career success! Get help assessing your strengths and interests, explore possible majors and careers, set goals, and learn skills like resume writing and interviewing.
Learning Resources: Academic and Career Services office
A variety of study and learning resources are available to support your academic progress, including:
- Wilmer Writing Center
- Math Lab and Math Study Sessions
- Foreign Language Lab
- Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
The Office of Residence Life provides housing options and programs that make living on campus fun, safe and educational.
Student Health and Counseling Services
Available on campus for all full-time students.
The Hornet Student Handbook
The Hornet, University of Lynchburg’s student handbook, includes information on campus offices and services, a calendar of events, frequently needed phone numbers, the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and judicial regulations. Please consult your copy of The Hornet for more complete list of resources.
Freshman Success Seminar (GS100)
Freshman Success Seminar is an elective, 1-credit hour course that addresses issues like decision making, goal setting, academic strategies, healthy choices and adjustments to college life. Connection Leaders facilitate the seminars using guidelines and materials provided during ongoing training sessions.
College Success Strategies (GS 104)
This course teaches important study skills and explores different learning styles. Basic study habits are reinforced, including time management, active reading skills, and test preparation. The class is offered both halves of the fall semester and once during the spring semester for freshmen only.
Career Development (GS105)
This 7-week course introduces the career-decision making process through self-assessment, major/career exploration and the integration of this information into career fields. The class is offered both halves of fall and spring semester for freshmen and sophomores only.