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Living and Learning: First-Year Integrated Learning Communities

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Fordham College at Lincoln Center'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.

The First-Year Experience Integrated Learning Community aims to provide an environment in which students are challenged to integrate academic and co-curricular endeavors. The Fordham College at Lincoln Center Integrated Learning Community's goal is to assist first-year students in their transition to college in an urban setting. This is achieved through a variety of methods:

Learning Communities

The First-Year Experience program is made up of 7 small, tight-knit communities, comprised of 60-80 students. They are named after social justice leaders of the 20th Century: Daniel Berrigan SJ, Dorothy Day, "Pete" Corridan SJ, Ita Ford MM, "Mother" Clara McBride Hale, Mychal Judge OFM, and John LaFarge SJ. Each community has student mentors who are committed to assisting students in achieving their full potential. Jesuits, class deans, faculty, and campus ministers participate in the program and live-on campus as active members of the integrated learning community.

Academic Component

Resident and Commuter Freshmen are paired to a particular learning community and initiated as members during Freshman Convocation in September. Freshman faculty advisors are linked to a particular community and meet with freshmen for a number of social events and academic advising within the Integrated Learning Community (ILC). Our ILCs house a classroom equipped with SMART technology, a kitchen, study nooks, movie and game room, dance studio, prayer room, and ample lounge and event space. Each professor linked to ILCs also serve as academic advisors and intellectual mentors. The FCLC First Year Program is dedicated to expanding intellectual, spiritual, and social growth within the residential setting through a variety of regular and enriching programs for both resident and commuter students. The Dean of FCLC and Assistant Dean for Freshmen reside and participate in the ILCs.

ILC Social Events and 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.