Welcome to First Year Learning Communities
Valdosta State University has offered learning communities for first-year students for over 13 years through first-year programs.
First Year Learning Communities (FLCs) provide an opportunity for students to begin their college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives. FLCs consist of small groups of 22-25 first-semester college students taking two to three linked courses as a group. Each learning community is designed to ease the transition from high school to college by allowing first-year students to acquire educational and social skills crucial to their long-term academic success, through an integrated learning environment.
First Year Learning Communities (FLCs) are becoming popular on college campuses because they have both social and educational values for first-year college students:
- Students will begin their college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives
- Eased transition from high school to college
- Students connect with peers to form study groups and increased classroom participation
- Pre-registration for 8-9 hours of first-semester courses
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- FLCs are centered on academic and/or career interests
- Statistically high first-semester GPA
- Each FLC has a course with a component that introduces students to a major or program at VSU
- Supplemental Instructors (SI leaders) in many of the math and science courses.
- Increased faculty and student interaction