The First Year Program at Westminster College
Westminster College recognizes the importance of a coordinated, dynamic, and successful first year for our students. In addition to our First Year Orientation program, we also offer Learning Communities for each student and a First Year Mentoring Program.
As part of Westminster’s commitment to develop new models of teaching and learning, several interdisciplinary learning communities are now offered to first-year students. Learning Communities link two classes together with a common theme in order to build integration across disciplines and to foster deeper understanding of each discipline. These interdisciplinary courses are designed to help first year students adjust to college, improve critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, practice writing and presentation skills, and establish strong relationships with other students and faculty.
Faculty who teach in learning communities may also serve as mentors for first year students. Faculty mentors welcome their first year students to the