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Integrated Learning Community: First Year Experience

Integrated Learning Community:
First Year Experience

FCLC's Integrated Learning Community for first year students, commonly referred to as the First Year Experience, is an initiative that integrates Fordham's intellectual tradition with experience-based learning. Deeply rooted in the Jesuit tenet, cura personalis, which instructs us to care for and educate the whole person, the First Year Experience Integrated Learning Community aims to provide an atmosphere where living and learning take place and an environment in which students are challenged to integrate academic and co-curricular endeavors. The FCLC Integrated Learning Community's goal is to assist first year students in their transition to college in an urban environment. This is achieved through a variety of methods:

Learning Communities

The First Year Experience program is made up of 6 small, tight-knit communities, comprised of 60-80 students. They are: Berrigan, Day, Corridan, Ford, Hale, and Judge. Each community has a number of student mentors, who are committed to assisting students in actualizing to their full potential.  

Academic Component

Prior to matriculation, students have the opportunity to submit their preferences for the Eloquentia Perfecta seminar course. In these small classes made up of 20 students each, first-year students get to know their professor and fellow students, enhance their oral and written communication, and integrate in-class learning with extracurricular activities that take advantage of Fordham’s location in the heart of New York City. The seminar professors serve as the academic advisors for all students in the seminar.

Residents from each seminar live together, occupying floors two through eight of McMahon Hall, where both residents and commuters have access to study and social lounges throughout the building. Additionally, in an effort to bridge the gap between students and faculty, we have a Faculty-In-Residence, who participates in campus-wide activities and serves as a resource for residents.

ILC Social Events & Activities

Each year, the student leaders of the Integrated Learning Communities plan and implement exciting and engaging events on campus for first year students. These events serve to complement what students learn in the classroom with fun and educational programs and activities around campus. They also serve to continue the connection between first year residents and commuters that is already established through the academic and community components of the Integrated Learning Community. Some annual ILC events include the Freshmen Olympics and Thanksgiving Potluck.

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