F I R S T-Y E A R S T U D E N T G U I D E

       FA I R F I E L D U N I V E R S IT Y

                                      WELCOME TO FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
                                     Welcome, and congratulations once again on your acceptance and enrollment at Fairfield University.
                                     This First-Year Student Guide has been designed to simplify the next steps in the process and to answer
                                     questions you may have about what to expect as a first-year student.

For more information, contact the
Office of Student Engagement at:

e-mail: orientation@fairfield.edu
     phone: 203-254-4053
        fax: 203-254-5565
website: fairfield.edu/orientation

                                               FIRST YEAR GUIDE SECTIONS
                                               Action Items                                    Student Life & Resources
                                               Important Action Items for first-year           Learn about campus life and important
                                               students to complete                            resources available to students

                                               Getting Started                                 Financial Planning
                                               Describes the first-year student transitional   See important deadlines, payment plans,
                                               experience at Fairfield University              and resources

                                               Academic Planning                               Just for Families
                                               Details information students need to            Specifies parent/guardian(s) Orientation
                                               consider when selecting classes                 information, pre-college conversation topics,
                                                                                               and other resources

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            FIRST-YEAR STUDENT CHECKLIST                                                                                                                     ACTION ITEMS
To ensure your successful transition to Fairfield University, please visit the First-Year Student Checklist at          First-year students are required to complete several tutorials and/or tests that assist in the transition to college.
fairfield.edu/orientation as soon as possible. Here you will have access to all the assignments and forms you           Please log in to the First-Year Student Checklist at fairfield.edu/orientation as soon as possible. Here, students
need to complete before June Orientation and Fall Welcome. To facilitate a smooth transition, please complete           will have access to all the assignments and forms they need to complete before June Orientation and Fall
each task and adhere to the deadlines.                                                                                  Welcome. It is essential that students complete each task and adhere to the deadlines.

CHECKLIST ITEMS                                                                                        DEADLINE         ■■ CLAIM NETID                                                                                          DUE ASAP
■■ Claim NetID                                                                                             ASAP           You will need to claim your NetID in order to access online resources. You will receive an email notifying
                                                                                                                          you that your netID is ready to be claimed. To claim your NetID, go to fairfield.edu/netid and make sure you
■■ Complete StagAlert Information (Emergency Notification System)                                          ASAP           have your Fairfield issued ID number. Once claimed, you can log into my.Fairfield.edu to access your Student
■■ Register for Student Orientation (attendance is essential)                                             May 19          Gmail account. Your NetID Login (which is generally your "firstname.lastname") information is also required
                                                                                                                          to use the First-Year Student Checklist.
■■ Register for Parent/Guardian Orientation (attendance is optional)                                      May 19

■■ Academic Interests Questionnaire                                                                       May 19        ■■ STAGALERT INFORMATION UPDATE                                                                         DUE ASAP
                                                                                                                          Students must add their cell phone number to StagAlert, which is the University’s emergency notification
■■ First-Year Housing Application                                                                         May 19          system used in the event of an emergency. To add or change a cell phone number, log into my.Fairfield.edu,
■■ Parent/Guardian Information Form                                                                       May 19          click on Self Service Links, then Update Cell Phone Number. Follow the on-screen instructions.

■■ Students with Disabilities or Temporary Impairments:                                                 After May 1     ■■ REGISTER FOR STUDENT ORIENTATION                                                                   DUE MAY 19
   Complete a Student Intake Form and Provide Documentation to Accessibility                                              Students must register for June Orientation. Please note that if a student is unable to attend Orientation,
                                                                                                                          they must still complete the registration process, stating the reason for not attending.
■■ Honor Code Signing                                                                                     May 19
                                                                                                                          How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
■■ Language Placement Exam                                                                                May 19

■■ Proxy Access for Financial Aid and Bursar Information (optional)                                        June 1       ■■ REGISTER FOR PARENT/GUARDIAN ORIENTATION                                                           DUE MAY 19
                                                                                                                          Parents/Guardians also register for June Orientation. Attendance is optional and highly encouraged.
■■ Immunization/Student Medical Report Form                                                               June 6
                                                                                                                          There is an $100 fee per parent/guardian.
■■ Awarding of Advanced Placement, IB, or College Credit                                                  July 10         How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist or Parent/Guardian Checklist located at
■■ Financing College Expenses: Payment Plan Fall Semester Enrollment (optional)                          August 1         fairfield.edu/orientation.

■■ Verification Documents Due                                                                            August 1       ■■ ACADEMIC INTERESTS QUESTIONNAIRE                                                                   DUE MAY 19
■■ Health Insurance Waiver                                                                               August 2         The Academic Interests Questionnaire is essential for preparing students for their academic life on
                                                                                                                          campus and specifically, their fall semester course schedule. The information received guides placement in
■■ CIRP Freshman Survey                                                                                  August 25        mathematics and in languages for which an online exam is not available. Please complete all sections of the
■■ Student Handbook Acceptance                                                                           August 25        Academic Interests Questionnaire. Students can e-mail questions to acdc@fairfield.edu.

■■ Code of Conduct Quiz
                                                                                                                          How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
                                                                                                         August 25

■■ Register Your Computer                                                                                August 25      ■■ FIRST-YEAR HOUSING APPLICATION                                                                    DUE MAY 19
                                                                                                                          Assignment Process
■■ Login & Explore Orgsync                                                                               August 25
                                                                                                                          The process for assigning rooms and roommates, including the assignment of varsity athletes, is overseen
■■ Everfi Wellness Program: AlcoholEdu & Haven                                                          August 28         by the Office of Residence Life. Placement is based upon the student's completed First-Year Housing
■■ Class of 2021 Common Read and Webinar Sign-Up                            Prior to First-Year Academic Gathering        Application which includes their housing lifestyle preferences. Fairfield University houses students by their
                                                                                                                          self-identified gender.
                                                                                                                          Room assignment and roommate(s) information will be e-mailed to students’ University G-Mail Accounts in
The First-Year Student Checklist and forms are to be completed online at fairfield.edu/orientation.
                                                                                                                          mid-July. Residence Life utilizes Adirondack’s The Housing Director to assist with the Housing Assignment
For more information, contact:
                                                                                                                          For more information regarding housing please contact the Office of Residence Life at
   Office of Student Engagement                                                                                           residencelife@fairfield.edu
   E-mail: orientation@fairfield.edu
                                                                                                                          How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
   Phone: 203-254-4053
   Fax: 203-254-4107                                        Note: Deadlines relating to financial aid and billing are
   Website: fairfield.edu/orientation                       located in the Financial Planning section of the Guide.

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                                                      ACTION ITEMS                                                                                                         ACTION ITEMS
               ■■ PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION FORM                                                                    DUE MAY 19          Italian Test
                  Parents/Guardians are asked to provide their contact information for print and electronic communications.               • Go to the website fairfield.edu/blackboard
                  The University mails Fairfield University Magazine and invitations to regional and campus events and e-mails            • Log in with your Fairfield University NetID user name and password.
                  urgent information as necessary, as well as news.fairfield.edu, the University’s weekly e-newsletter, a key
                                                                                                                                          • Click ‘2017 Language Placement’ - Italian' link located in `My Organizations & Communities' on the
                  source of campus news and student information. Parents/guardians can visit fairfield.edu/parents to learn
                                                                                                                                            Blackboard homepage
                  how to get involved with Fairfield University.
                                                                                                                                          • Answer the preliminary questions and language questions (50) and submit the test
                  How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist or Parent/Guardian Checklist located at
                                                                                                                                          • The time limit is 45 minutes
                                                                                                                                          Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish (Not Italian)
               ■■ ACCESSIBILITY: NEW STUDENT INTAKE FORM (OPTIONAL)                                      DUE MAY 19 OR ASAP              • Go to the website webcape.byuhtrsc.org
                  Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access      • Select ‘Fairfield University’ from the drop-down menu
                  the benefits, rights and privileges of its services, programs and activities in an accessible setting. In compliance
                                                                                                                                          • Enter the password ‘stags21’ (no quotation marks) and click on the ‘login’ button
                  with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Connecticut state laws, we
                                                                                                                                          • Select the placement test language from the drop-down menu
                  provide accommodations to qualified students with disabilities to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic
                  functioning or upon other major life activities. Fairfield University also recognizes the need for accommodations       • Enter last name, first name, and 8-digit Fairfield ID number at the top of the profile screen that appears
                  when a student is suffering from a temporary impairment and will work to provide accommodations to the                  • Answer the preliminary questions about language experience. For the question ‘How have you learned
                  student should the temporary impairment impact academics or other major life activities.                                  [name of language] other than in school,’ students can select up to two choices. The choice ‘Exchange
                                                                                                                                            Student’ means the student was studying abroad as an exchange student living in a country speaking the
                  A student with a disability or temporary impairment who wishes to be considered for academic or campus
                                                                                                                                            language in which he or she is being tested.
                  life accommodations at Fairfield University must identify him/herself to Accessibility in the Academic and
                  Career Development Center and complete the registration process for accommodations.                                     • Click ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the screen
                                                                                                                                          • The BYU test is an untimed, adaptive test
                  How to complete: After May 1st, please access the Student Intake form via fairfield.edu/accessibility/
                  prospective-students-and-parents. The form along with supporting documentation, must be e-mailed to                     • Students should expect to complete the test in 20 to 45 minutes
                  acdc@fairfield.edu or sent to the: Academic & Career Development Center Fairfield University (Kelley Center             • The test will indicate to students when the exam is complete
                  West) 1073 North Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824-5195.                                                                  Questions
                                                                                                                                          • If students experience difficulty getting into any of the language tests, or have any questions about
               ■■ HONOR CODE SIGNING                                                                                  DUE MAY 19
                                                                                                                                            language placement, they can e-mail languageplacement@fairfield.edu.
                  Fairfield University’s primary purpose is the pursuit of academic excellence. This is possible only in an
                  atmosphere where discovery and communication of knowledge are marked by scrupulous, unqualified honesty.                • If students wish to continue to study in a language for which an online placement exam is not available,
                  Therefore, it is expected that all students taking classes at the University adhere to the following Honor Code:          they should indicate that on the Academic Interests Questionnaire and meet with a language advisor during
                       “I understand that any violation of academic integrity wounds the entire community and undermines
                       the trust upon which the discovery and communication of knowledge depends. Therefore, as                          ■■ PROXY ACCESS FOR FINANCIAL AID AND BURSAR INFORMATION (OPTIONAL)                                     JUNE 1
                       a member of the Fairfield University community, I hereby pledge to uphold and maintain these                       Students often rely on the support of parent(s)/guardian(s) and others to assist them with financing their
                       standards of academic honesty and integrity.”                                                                      education at Fairfield University. In order to ensure that financial aid and billing information is discussed
                  All students must sign the University Honor Code, especially before taking the online Language Placement Exam.          with approved persons per FERPA regulations, students will need to give permission to the Financial Aid
                                                                                                                                          and Bursar Offices to speak with designated persons. This permission is granted through the Proxy Access
                  How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
               ■■ LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM                                                                            DUE MAY 19          How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
                  The Language Placement Exam is only for students who have previously studied, or have otherwise acquired
                  some fluency in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish.                                                 ■■ IMMUNIZATION/STUDENT MEDICAL REPORT FORM                                                       DUE JUNE 6
                                                                                                                                          Students are required to submit a confidential health history and to document proof of immunizations which
                  How to complete: Fairfield University uses an online Language Placement exam to assess students’ skills
                                                                                                                                          are required by Connecticut State law. Mandated immunization requirements are strictly enforced. Students
                  in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Students who have previously studied, or have
                                                                                                                                          may not move into a residence hall or begin classes until all immunization requirements are met.
                  otherwise acquired some fluency in, one or more of those languages are required to take the exam for one
                  of the languages they are familiar with, even if they do not intend to take college courses in any of them. The         The Student Health Center strongly recommends a pre-college physical exam. However, the Student Health
                  placement exam must be completed by May 19 so faculty can review the results before Orientation. Because                Center requests that all students submit their health history and proof of immunizations (documented on the
                  students may take the exam in a particular language only once, they are encouraged to review prior to                   Student Medical Report Form) by June 6. Students may mail in their physical exam documentation at a later
                  testing and to test at a time when they will be able to do their best.                                                  date if necessary.

                  If you are starting a new language (a language you have no academic or life experience in) at Fairfield,
                  you do not need to take the Language Placement Exam in that new language. For additional information
                  concerning language placement, please visit fairfield.edu/languageplacement

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Action Items
                                                      ACTION ITEMS                                                                                                          ACTION ITEMS
                  How to complete:                                                                                                        • High school profile outlining all high school graduation requirements
                  1. Go to the website fairfield.edu/immunization                                                                         All documents should be sent to the Academic & Career Development Center. It is the discretion of college/
                  2. Carefully review the list of required immunizations (Connecticut requirements may be different than                  school officials to determine if AP, IB, or transfer credit may be used to determine if such credits may be used
                     requirements in your home state)                                                                                     to exempt students from specific University courses or requirements.
                  3. Download and print the “Undergraduate Medical Report Form”
                                                                                                                                         ■■ FINANCING COLLEGE EXPENSES: PAYMENT PLAN FALL SEMESTER ENROLLMENT (OPTIONAL)
                  4. Students should complete the health history part and the tuberculosis screening questions (Part I)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DUE AUGUST 1
                  5. Present this form to your physician. Ask your physician to document your immunization history on this                The University makes available a monthly payment plan. The deadline for Fall Semester enrollment is August 1.
                     form. Additionally, your physician needs to review your TB screening questions. Students at high risk for            For additional information, visit fairfield.edu/bursar.
                     tuberculosis will need to be tested (as outlined in the form).
                  6. Upload, mail or fax your completed form to the Student HealthCenter by June 6                                       ■■ VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS                                                                        DUE AUGUST 1
                     (Go to fairfield.edu/immunization for more information on returning your form).                                      Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@fairfield.edu to verify that their financial aid file
                                                                                                                                          is complete.
                      Food Allergies
                                                                                                                                         ■■ HEALTH INSURANCE WAIVER                                                                       DUE AUGUST 2
                      For more information on how Fairfield University addresses Food Allergies visit fairfield.edu/healthcenter
                                                                                                                                          Domestic (Non-International) Undergraduate Students: Fairfield University requires that all full-time
                                                                                                                                          domestic undergraduate students maintain or purchase a health insurance policy. Under Fairfield University's
               ■■ AWARDING OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT, IB, OR COLLEGE CREDIT                                               DUE JULY 10         "hard waiver" program, full-time undergraduate domestic students are automatically enrolled (and billed),
                  Students entering Fairfield University may be eligible to receive college credits for work previously completed in      each July, in its sponsored health insurance policy for the upcoming academic year. However, if the domestic
                  several ways: through Advanced Placement exams, through High-Level International Baccalaureate courses, or              student has access to comparable or better health insurance through other means (e.g. parents' coverage),
                  through college courses completed while in high school. First-year students should make sure that official results      and does not wish to be enrolled in the University sponsored plan, the domestic student must complete an
                  or transcripts are sent to the Academic & Career Development Center as soon as possible in order to have more           on-line waiver to provide proof of coverage.
                  options in course planning.
                                                                                                                                          Once the online waiver is completed and processed by the University Bursar’s Office, students will receive a
                  Advanced Placement:                                                                                                     full credit on their bill. To view the policy details, go to gallagherstudent.com/fairfield, which will be made
                  Fairfield University will award 3 or 4 credit hours for each AP course taken by a student, provided that the student    available in May. Domestic students coming from other geographic areas that carry HMO or network-based
                  has taken the Advanced Placement Test prepared by the CEEB program and obtained a test score of 4 or 5.                 coverage are strongly encouraged to purchase the Fairfield University sponsored plan.
                  Higher Level International Baccalaureate Courses:                                                                       How to complete: Domestic Students Only: The waiver will be made available online in early June. To waive
                  Fairfield University recognizes the advanced nature of Higher Level International Baccalaureate courses and             insurance coverage for the 2017-18 academic year, log into the student portal, my.Fairfield.edu, (student Net ID
                  will award 3 or 4 credit hours provided a grade of 6 or 7 is achieved.                                                  and password required) search for the word ‘health,’ click on the 'Student Health Insurance Waiver' icon to
                                                                                                                                          complete the form. Please be sure to click on the "submit" button on the bottom of the screen.
                  Courses Taken for College Credit while in High School:
                                                                                                                                          *International (VISA holding students) are enrolled on a mandatory basis and cannot waive coverage.
                  For students who pursue college courses while in high school, upon receipt of an official college transcript,
                  the course work will be evaluated by the appropriate dean/director in consultation with the appropriate
                                                                                                                                         ■■ CIRP FRESHMAN SURVEY                                                                        DUE AUGUST 25
                  curriculum area, provided the following criteria are met:
                                                                                                                                          The CIRP Freshman Survey is to be completed online during the summer. Students will participate in a
                  • The course(s) must have been completed in a college environment and must have been taught by a                        national study of incoming college students designed by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.
                    college professor                                                                                                     This is an opportunity for students to report activities, opinions, and goals as they begin college. This
                  • The course(s)/credits were not used to satisfy high school graduation requirements                                    questionnaire will help assess the impact of a Fairfield education. If students do not complete CIRP, they may
                  • A final grade of “C” or better was earned.                                                                            fail FYE, resulting in a “Q”, or unsatisfactory, grade on their transcript.

                  That dean/director will determine the appropriateness of the transfer credit for the student’s program and              How to complete: An e-mail from student-surveys@fairfield.edu will be sent to each student’s Fairfield
                  decide whether it has met Fairfield’s curriculum standards. A maximum of 15 credits of approved coursework              University Gmail account over the summer, following Orientation. For questions, students can contact the
                  will be awarded transfer credit. The grades will not be transferred.                                                    Institutional Research Office at IR@fairfield.edu.

                  How to complete: Official score reports for AP or IB should be sent directly to the Academic & Career                  ■■ STUDENT HANDBOOK ACCEPTANCE                                                                 DUE AUGUST 25
                  Development Center at Fairfield University.                                                                             The Student Handbook must be read, understood, and fully agreed to by incoming students before arriving
                  College level courses will be evaluated upon receipt of the following:                                                  on campus.

                  • An official letter from the high school principal or school counselor stating that the course was taught              How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist
                    on the college/university campus, by a member of the college/university faculty, and with regularly
                    matriculated undergraduates at that college/university
                  • An official transcript from the college/university
                  • A course description and/or course syllabus

               First-Year Student Guide                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.fairfield.edu
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                                                      ACTION ITEMS                                                                                                                            GETTING STARTED
               ■■ CODE OF CONDUCT QUIZ                                                                                              DUE AUGUST 25              During the first year, our goal is to connect students with each other, faculty, staff, and the University; to inspire
                  The Office of the Dean of Students is concerned primarily with students’ needs and well-being outside of                                     excellence; and for students to thrive holistically at Fairfield University. Therefore, each member of the Class of
                  the traditional classroom, in addition to administering the student conduct system. In keeping with the                                      2021 participates in:
                  Jesuit ideals of “cura personalis” — the education of the whole person — and the development of the mind,                                    • The Orientation Program and Fall Welcome • The First Year Experience Program • The Cornerstone Program

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Getting Started
                  body, and spirit — the Office of the Dean of Students calls students to be accountable for their actions in
                                                                                                                                                               First-year students also have the option of selecting a First Year Living & Learning Residential Community.
                  accordance with the Student Conduct Code.
                  How to complete: Via the First-Year Student Checklist

               ■■ REGISTER YOUR COMPUTER                                                                                            DUE AUGUST 25
                  Network Registration is required for full access to the University network. To successfully register a computer
                  to the student network, Fairfield requires that all Apple and Windows-based computers have the latest
                  operating system/security updates and an antivirus application installed. Machines will fail the registration test
                  if the computer is not properly protected and updated. Detailed instructions can be found at fairfield.edu/
                  wireless. All commercially available antivirus applications (e.g. McAfree, Norton) are acceptable. Fairfield
                  ITS4U Help Desk suggests using free antivirus applications like Microsoft Security Essential (Win7)/Windows
                  Defender (Win 8 & 10) and Avast Antivirus for Apple computers at avast.com. Antivirus software should
                  be up-to-date and have the most current virus definitions. This will be checked during the student network
                  registration process. Visit the Information Technology Services Help Desk knowledge base at wiki.fairfield.edu
                  for all solutions to many common technical issues/questions you may have once on campus.

               ■■ LOGIN & EXPLORE ORGSYNC                                DUE AUGUST 25                  MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER NOW
                                                                                                        Why you need

                  OrgSync is Fairfield University’s online community where you can find out             KNOW what’s happening on campus
                                                                                                             events, athletics, arts and more

                  about upcoming events, search for and join clubs and organizations, take              EXPLORE your interests
                                                                                                                80 clubs and student orgs

                  surveys, apply for leadership positions and scholarships, sign up for a service       MANAGE your involvement
                                                                                                               filter your preferences

                  opportunities, track your involvement, and get personalized news updates.             DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP

                  You can access OrgSync via my.fairfield.edu.                                           Full site access available through my.fairfield.edu

               ■■ EVERFI WELLNESS PROGRAM: ALCOHOLEDU & HAVEN                                    PART 1 BEFORE AUGUST 28
                  Fairfield University requires each member of the first-year class to complete AlcoholEdu for College, an online,
                  non-opinionated alcohol prevention program as well as Haven, an online learning platform that addresses the
                  critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The course has two sections, both of which                           YOU ARE NOT ALONE — WE ARE WITH YOU ALONG THE WAY…
                  must be completed to fulfill this requirement.                                                                                               New Student Leader (NSL) — A student who                     Resident Assistant (RA)/Commuter Peer Assistant
                                                                                                                                                               mentors you throughout your entire first year. They          (CPA) — A student who oversees your on-campus
                  Detailed instructions about completing Parts 1 and 2 will be e-mailed to Fairfield Gmail accounts during the
                                                                                                                                                               lead you through Orientation, facilitate the First           residential floor/commuter community. They are
                  summer. Completing the AlcoholEdu & Haven course is a required component of the First Year Experience (FYE)
                                                                                                                                                               Year Experience program, and serve as your peer              a mentor and resource and help ensure a safe,
                  program. If students do not complete AlcoholEdu & Haven, they may fail FYE resulting in a “Q”, or unsatisfactory,
                                                                                                                                                               academic advisor.                                            enriching, and fun experience in the residence halls
                  grade on their transcript.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and on campus.
                  How to complete: An e-mail from orientation@fairfield.edu will be sent to each student’s Fairfield University                                Community Associate (CA) — A faculty/staff member
                  Gmail account during the first week of August with specific instructions, including login information.                                       who co-facilitates the First Year Experience seminar.        Area Coordinator (AC) — A live-in professional staff
                                                                                                                                                               They bring professional experience, wisdom, and              member who oversees your entire residence hall
               ■■ CLASS OF 2021 COMMON READ & WEBINAR                                             DUE PRIOR TO FIRST-YEAR                                      guidance to the group.                                       community. They bring a wealth of expertise to the
               		                                                                                   ACADEMIC GATHERING                                                                                                      development of college students.
                  One of the key aims of Jesuit education is to form women and men for others, to foster awareness of                                          Cornerstone Course Faculty — A faculty member
                  injustice and the knowledge and willingness to act for the common good. We invite you to examine the                                         who has a special interest in working with first-year        Faculty Advisor — Advisors are available to meet
                  common readings and engage in the summer webinar. The webinar is designed for students to engage with                                        students offers you enhanced academic activities             regularly with you throughout the academic year,
                  one another on these topics and meet your new classmates. The common read is required and the webinar is                                     (e.g., group study sessions or movie nights) and             monitor your progress, advise you at registration
                  strongly encouraged for students.                                                                                                            teaches your Cornerstone course.                             time, and discuss courses and programs of study.

                                                                                                                                                               CONNECT. INSPIRE. THRIVE.
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                                                         GETTING STARTED                                                                                                                    GETTING STARTED
                  ORIENTATION                                                                Advising Beyond Orientation
                  Students may choose to attend one of two Orientation                       Orientation is an introduction to the opportunities
                  sessions. The first session will take place June 20 & 21                   students have to engage with faculty, and the
                  and the second session will take place June 26 & 27.                       resources for academic planning and advising at
Getting Started

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Getting Started
                  Students are expected to attend Orientation (unless                        Fairfield.
                  there are extenuating circumstances).                                      Once students arrive on campus in the fall, those who
                                                                                             have a declared major are assigned a faculty advisor
                  What to Expect
                                                                                             in that academic discipline. Undeclared students
                  The Orientation program provides an opportunity for
                                                                                             are also assigned a faculty advisor. When these
                  students to get acquainted with Fairfield University.
                                                                                             students declare a major, they will be reassigned to
                  Students who participate in Orientation will:                              an advisor in the academic discipline chosen. Faculty
                  • Meet New Student Leader(s), who will be mentor(s)                        serve as primary academic advisors for students                FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE PROGRAM                              promoting active and collaborative learning with
                    throughout Orientation and first year                                    in collaboration with academic administrators and                          “The entire FYE experience made                peers and greater interaction with faculty in the first
                                                                                             professional staff across campus. Advisors are                     the transition easier while allowing me to grow as     semester of college.
                  • Have fun meeting new friends                                                                                                                  a person. My NSL's enthusiasm and dedication
                                                                                             available to meet regularly with students, monitor                                                                        Cornerstone faculty, who have a special interest in
                  • Register for fall semester academic classes                                                                                                          was inspiring and life changing.”
                                                                                             progress, advise students at registration time, and                                — Erica Osowiski ’17                   working with first-year students, offer them academic
                  • Make connections with faculty, staff, administrators,
                                                                                             discuss courses and programs of study.                                                                                    enhancements, such as movie nights and group study
                    and other students                                                                                                                      As part of Fairfield’s First Year Experience (FYE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sessions to help students integrate their intellectual
                  • Learn strategies for balancing academic and                              FALL WELCOME & MOVE-IN                                         program, all new undergraduate students enroll in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and social lives.
                    co-curricular responsibilities                                           Fall Welcome allows first-year students to reconnect           non-credited FYE seminar for their fall semester.
                                                                                                                                                            Co-facilitated by a faculty or staff member and a          Students will be registered prior to Orientation in
                  Class Registration                                                         with each other and the Fairfield community
                                                                                                                                                            student mentor, the seminar teaches Fairfield’s core       a Cornerstone course that meets a major or Core
                                                                                             before classes begin. First-year students move in
                  At Orientation, students will register for their fall                                                                                     Jesuit values and discusses topics — such as campus        requirement. If their academic plans have changed
                                                                                             on Sunday, September 3. Commuter students will
                  semester classes, after they attend academic planning                                                                                     life and resources — to help first-year students           since they applied to Fairfield University, students
                                                                                             begin attending Fall Welcome sessions starting at 1
                  sessions that will be run by faculty and professional                                                                                     acclimate to college. Passing the FYE program is           may be permitted to select a different Cornerstone
                                                                                             p.m. on Sunday, September 3. For more information
                  staff facilitators. Prior to Orientation, students                                                                                        a University requirement.                                  course after consulting with a faculty facilitator
                                                                                             about Fall Welcome & Move-In visit fairfield.edu/
                  should review the Academic Planning section of                                                                                                                                                       at Orientation.
                                                                                             fallwelcome.                                                   Several sections of FYE will be geared toward
                  this Guide, which explains the basics of the course                                                                                                                                                  Each first-year student takes one Cornerstone
                                                                                                                                                            common interests such as service learning, gender
                  selection process so that, together with facilitators at                                                                                                                                             course, which includes academic enhancements and
                                                                                             For What to Bring to Campus in the fall, see the end           (all-women’s and all-men’s groups), Magis Scholars,
                  Orientation, students can make informed decisions                                                                                                                                                    residential-based programming. This will support
                                                                                             of this Guide.                                                 and social justice. Students will receive more
                  about the first classes they will take at Fairfield.                                                                                                                                                 and facilitate first-year transition and engagement.
                                                                                             Note: See the Just for Families section of this Guide          information about those options via the Orientation
                                                                                             for the Orientation Parent/Guardian schedule.                  Registration Form.                                         Commuter students will have access to first-year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       residential halls and are strongly encouraged
                                                                                                                                                            • New Student Leaders (NSLs): A NSL is selected
                     O R I E N TAT IO N IN FO RMATIO N                                       Schedule                                                                                                                  to participate in all programming tied to their
                                                                                             Please visit fairfield.edu/orientation.                          after an intensive hiring process to serve the role
                     Please complete online registration via the online                                                                                                                                                Cornerstone course.
                     First-Year Student Checklist by May 19. An Orientation                                                                                   of mentor, advisor, acquaintance, facilitator, and
                     fee that appears on the fall semester tuition bill covers                                                                                resource for incoming students. The NSL co-
                                                                                             All students, including commuter students, attending                                                                       FA I RF I E L D C HA L L E NGE
                     the student cost for Orientation in June and Fall                                                                                        facilitates the FYE seminar with a Community
                                                                                             Orientation will stay overnight in the residence halls                                                                     Attention: First Year Students! Can't wait for your
                     Welcome in September.                                                                                                                    Associate. The NSL is a trained Peer Academic
                                                                                             with a roommate. Meals will be provided throughout                                                                         Fairfield experience to begin? Come BEFORE Move-
                     Arrival                                                                 the duration of the program.                                     Advisor.                                                  In Day for 3 days of fun, friends, service & spirit, from
                     Check-In will begin at 7:30a.m. and ends by 8:45 a.m.. You                                                                             • Community Associates (CAs): A Community Associate         August 31-September 2, 2017.
                                                                                             What to Bring
                     will receive a precise check-in time based on the letter
                                                                                             • Casual, comfortable clothes and shoes                          is a faculty or staff member who co-facilitates the       •   Move into your residence hall 3 days early, on August
                     of your last name in June. We recommend that students
                                                                                             • Toiletries (including a towel)                                 FYE seminar. The CA will serve as a mentor and                31.
                     arrive early. Anticipate 15-20 minutes for the check-
                                                                                             • Pillow, sheets and blanket, or sleeping bag                                                                              •   Navigate a ropes course and zip lines at The
                     in process. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m.                                                                                    resource to first-year students as well as an advocate
                                                                                             • Small fan                                                                                                                    Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum.
                                                                                             • First-Year Student Guide                                       for establishing a sense of community amongst their
                     Orientation Groups                                                                                                                                                                                 •   Volunteer for 2 days of service with local community
                     A significant portion of Orientation is spent in groups made            Departure                                                        group.                                                        organizations.
                     up of approximately 10-20 first-year students facilitated               The student program concludes by 3 p.m. on the second                                                                      •   Make new friends, explore the transition to college,
                     by a New Student Leader(s). When students register for                  day of Orientation. Students should not leave earlier unless   CORNERSTONE COURSES                                             and much more.
                     Orientation, they will have an opportunity to select the type           arrangements were made with the Orientation office.
                                                                                                                                                            The Cornerstone program is designed to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Cost is $100
                     of group they’d like to be part of based on their interests                                                                                                                                        •   Spaces are limited. Register on OrgSync after May 1.
                     (i.e., leadership, service learning, social justice, spiritual, etc).                                                                  academic engagement for first-year students by

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                                                         GETTING STARTED                                                                                              GETTING STARTED
                  FIRST-YEAR LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITIES                                                                             CURA PERSONALIS                                          A dedicated commuter lounge equipped with
                  First-year students have the option to select a First-Year Living and Learning Community (LLCs), which are             MENTORING PROGRAM                                        a television, tables for studying, lockers, and
                  designated floors in the residence halls. These floors provide students with specialized support and attention,        The Cura Personalis Mentoring Program (CPMP),            comfortable couches is conveniently located in
                  as well as the opportunity to collaborate and interface with faculty and administration on a daily basis. There is     sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity &           the Barone Campus Center.
Getting Started

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Getting Started
                  also unique programming and activities for students to enjoy.                                                          Multicultural Affairs, is a voluntary program that       The Office of Residence Life also has a limited
                                                                                                                                         provides first-year students with a peer and faculty/    number of rooms available on short notice for
                  Leadership Through Service — Campion Hall                  WiSTEM* — Gonzaga Hall                                      staff mentor. These mentors guide students through       students in case of poor weather or unexpected
                                                                                                                                         the transition from high school to college. CPMP         transportation issues. Commuter students are
                                                                                                                                         focuses on serving students of color and/or first-       encouraged to participate in all programs such as
                                                                                                                                         generation college students, but is open to all          clubs and organizations, sophomore residential
                                                                                                                                         first-year students. Cura Personalis is a Jesuit value   colleges, service learning, and study abroad.
                                                                                                                                         meaning “care of the whole person” and the mentors
                                                                                                                                         embrace this value by discussing not only academics,     MY.FAIRFIELD.EDU
                                                                                                                                         but health and wellness, social life, and spirituality   Fairfield University's portal can be reached at
                                                                                                                                         issues, too.                                             my.Fairfield.edu. The portal provides access to:
                                                                                                                                         For more information, stop by the Barone Campus          • View grades and unofficial transcripts
                  This community is intended to bring together first-        This program is specifically designed to support women      Center Suite 100 or call 203-254-4000, ext. 3501.        • View current course schedule
                  year students who aspire to continue to make a             in fields traditionally underrepresented by women
                  difference through practical leadership principles.        (biology, chemistry, physics, math, and engineering).                                                                • Accept financial aid
                                                                                                                                         COMMUTER STUDENTS
                  First-year students will be able to build upon their       They can pursue the fields of science, technology,                                                                   • Register for courses
                  leadership potential through diverse activities using      engineering, and mathematics while building                 The Office of Residence Life works closely with
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Access tuition bills
                  self discovery, identity exploration, and experiential     community beyond traditional academic boundaries.           commuter students to help them take full advantage
                  trips. Students will also be encouraged to actively seek   *	Women in Science, Technology, Engineering,               of the many opportunities that the University            • Add a cell phone number to the StagAlert system
                  opportunities to both serve and lead others within            and Mathematics                                          provides.                                                • Other online resources (i.e. Email, BlackBoard,
                  their community .
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Orgsync, etc.)

                                     HOW TO SELECT A LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITY (LLC):
                           When you complete the First-Year Housing Application, select the LLC of interest to you!

                  Honors and Health and Wellness — Jogues Hall               Man 2 Man and Sisters Inspire Sisters — Regis Hall                 ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2017-2018: The calendar is on the University web site
                                                                                                                                                                      at fairfield.edu/academics/academiccalendar

                  Honors                                                     Man 2 Man assists first-year male students with their
                  The Honors Community is an exclusive opportunity for       transition to college. This is accomplished through
                  first-year honors students. The program is designed to     biweekly events, involving upper class mentors and
                  complement and enhance the honors experience with          male faculty and staff, to build brotherhood and
                  peer mentorship from Resident Assistants who have          community. This program is intended for committed
                  participated in the honors program, access to faculty      male residents searching for a sense of brotherhood.
                  and specific honors programs and study spaces.
                                                                             Sisters Inspire Sisters (S.I.S) assists first-year female
                  Health and Wellness                                        students to set realistic expectations for their
                  The Health and Wellness LLC is a community that            upcoming college experience. Students will have the
                  fosters an environment of Cura Personalis. This            opportunity to develop social companionship through
                  program promotes the development of the mind,              mentoring and empowerment activities. Students will
                  body and spirit through creative programming and           get to know one another, express themselves, learn
                  community engagement.                                      about others before and after they arrive to campus.

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                                                         GETTING STARTED                                                                 ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
                  STAGCARD                                                                                                            ACADEMIC & CAREER DEVELOPMENT                            Project Excel
                  The StagCard is Fairfield University’s official                                                                     CENTER                                                   Project Excel is a TRiO Student Support Services
                  identification card. Students can have their picture                                                                The Academic & Career Development Center offers          (SSS) Program funded by the US Department of
                  taken during June Orientation or when they arrive                                                                   comprehensive programs, services, and resources          Education. The program's overall objectives are to
Getting Started

                  on campus in the fall. Students will receive their                                                                  to support student development, academic success,        increase and support the retention of participants,
                  StagCard in the fall, and are expected to carry the                                                                 and career readiness. The Center provides services       ensure that participants are in good academic
                  card at all times.                                                                                                  tailored to address the diverse developmental stages     standing at the University and to have participants
                                                                                                                                      of a student's academic career. The distinctiveness      graduate in a timely way. Project Excel works to
                  The StagCard is an all-in-one card. First-year
                                                                                                                                      of this holistic approach is grounded in our Catholic,   accomplish its objectives by providing an array of
                  students will use it for the following services:
                                                                                                                                      Jesuit mission and supports a transformative learning    support services for eligible students. For additional
                  • Building access to the residence halls, the                                                                                                                                information on eligibility requirements, please contact
                                                                                                                                      experience. The Academic & Career Development
                    DiMenna-Nyselius Library, computer labs, and                                                                                                                               Project Excel at 203-254-4064.
                                                                                                                                      Center is located in the Kelley Center. For additional
                    the Quick Recreation Complex.
                                                                                                                                      information, please contact the Academic & Career        Career, Leadership & Professional Development
                  • Document printing: Fairfield uses WEPA (Wireless                                                                  Development Center at 203-254-4081 or acdc@
                                                                                                                                                                                               It is never too soon to start thinking about life after

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Academic Planning
                    Everywhere, Print Anywhere) to manage its public-                                                                 fairfield.edu.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Fairfield! That includes evaluating careers, graduate
                    access printers. Users send print jobs to the Cloud,
                                                                                                                                      Academic Support                                         school, and service opportunities. This is the time
                    and then release them from one of 12 kiosks around
                                                                                                                                      Academic Support provides individual and group           for students to identify interests, skills, abilities,
                    campus, and from any WEPA kiosk nationwide. All
                                                                                                                                      services aimed at facilitating student transition and    and personality traits. The Center provides access
                    students receive $25 in complimentary StagPrint
                                                                                                                                      increasing student engagement and success. The           to assessment inventories, career counseling, and
                    value each semester, or $5 per registered course,
                                                                                                                                      Center supports and monitors students’ academic          assistance with developing resumes. Many students
                    whichever is greater.
                                                                                                                                      progress, offers tutorial programs and learning          find that asking questions about future work is closely
                  • Laundry: All campus residents receive 80
                                                                                                                                      support resources, and coordinates with faculty          tied to decisions they will make about majors, minors,
                    complimentary laundry cycles (one wash or
                                                                           The StagBucks account will also kick in when students      advisors, deans’ offices, and campus resources to        and other areas of engagement. Thinking about a
                    one dry) each semester.
                                                                           run out of dining dollars, StagPrint, or laundry cycles.   assist students in achieving academic success. Using     future career helps students to truly value their time
                  • Meal Plan: All residence hall residents are                                                                                                                                at Fairfield, enhancing the college experience.
                                                                           For an updated list of off-campus merchants accepting      a holistic advising model, the Center helps students
                    automatically enrolled in a meal plan; commuting
                                                                           the StagCard, visit fairfield.edu/stagcard.                meet their academic, personal, and professional goals    For more information, visit fairfield.edu/acdc.
                    students are eligible to purchase one. The StagCard
                                                                                                                                      through comprehensive and integrated academic
                    is required in the Main Dining Room.                   There are five convenient ways to add money to the                                                                  LIBRARY
                                                                                                                                      support services and resources.
                  • Debit: When students add money to their                StagBucks account:                                                                                                  As students begin their academic journey, they are
                                                                                                                                      The following services are available to undergraduate
                    StagBucks account, the StagCard becomes a              1. Online at stagcardonline.com. MasterCard,                                                                        encouraged to visit the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. The
                    debit card.                                               American Express and Visa accepted.                                                                              library offers many resources and services to support
                                                                           2. In person at the StagCard Office. Cash, check,          • Peer Tutoring Program                                  students:
                  The money in the StagBucks account can be used
                                                                              Master Card, and Visa accepted.                         • Academic Support Workshop Series                       • More than 200 outstanding electronic databases for
                  at a variety of locations on campus, including the
                                                                           3. At a Value Transfer Station (VTS) located in the        • The Math Center                                          research from anywhere 24/7
                  Fairfield Spirit Shop, the University Bookstore
                  (downtown), the mailroom, vending machines,                 Barone Campus Center next to the ATM and in the         • The Writing Center                                     • Equipment including computers, laptops, iPads,
                  Einstein Bros Bagels, the Stag Snack Bar, Starbucks in      Weil Café of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Only         Accessibility                                              printers, scanners, and device chargers
                  the library cafe, and more.                                 cash is accepted.                                       Accessibility is a confidential service available for    • Over 330,000 books, 750,000 ebooks, 12,300
                                                                           4. By mail to the StagCard Office. Make checks             students with disabilities and temporary impairments,      videos and CDs, 120,000 streaming videos and
                                                                              payable to Fairfield University, indicate the           both undergraduate and graduate, attending Fairfield       audio files, 72,000 print and e-journals
                                                                              student’s name and Fairfield ID number in the           University. Accessibility works with students each       • Numerous spaces to study, including 11 group study
                                                                              memo area, and send to:                                 semester to collaboratively create academic and/           rooms, and 10 collaborative work areas
                                                                                 StagCard Office                                      or campus life accessibility plans. Services include     • 24/7 research assistance via instant messaging,
                                                                                 Fairfield University                                 one-on-one sessions focused on time management,            e-mail, chat, telephone, or in person at the
                                                                                 1073 North Benson Road                               organization and planning, study skills improvement,       Reference Desk, or by personal appointment
                                                                                 Fairfield, CT 06824                                  effective note taking and communications skills. To      • 24/7 computer lab and café
                                                                                                                                      request accommodations or to learn more about the
                                                                                                                                                                                               • ITS4U Help Desk for computer assistance
                                                                                                                                      comprehensive services, please call 203-254-4081, or
                                                                                                                                      visit fairfield.edu/accessibility.                       • The Writing Center for writing assistance

                                                                                                                                                                                               Visit fairfield.edu/library.

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                                                    ACADEMIC PLANNING                                                                                                  ACADEMIC PLANNING
                    ACADEMIC ADVISING                                            Faculty Advisors
                    Through academic advising, students learn to                 Once they arrive on campus, students who have a
                    become members of Fairfield University’s community,          declared major are assigned a faculty advisor in that
                    to think critically about their roles and responsibilities   academic discipline. Undeclared students are also
                    as students, and to develop an educational plan that         assigned a faculty advisor. When these students
                    allows for exploration, reflection, and discernment.         declare a major, they will be reassigned to an advisor
                    A network of faculty advisors, professional advising         in the academic discipline chosen. Supplemental
                    staff, and peer mentors supports students in all             advising support is available to all students through
                    areas of academic planning and at each stage of the          the Academic & Career Development Center,
                    decision-making process. Students receive assistance         assistant/associate deans, and department chairs.
                    with selecting courses, deciding on majors (and              Advisors are available to meet regularly with students,
                    possibly minors), and incorporating co-curricular            monitor progress, advise students at registration time,
                    involvement and high-impact learning opportunities           and discuss courses and programs of study.
                    such as study abroad, capstones, and internships.
Academic Planning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Academic Planning
                    Together, Fairfield’s faculty, staff, and peers promote      Peer Advising
                    a holistic approach to academic advising that                Through the First Year Experience seminar, students
                    encourages students to be actively engaged and to            connect with a New Student Leader (NSL) — a
                    make thoughtful choices regarding their current and          sophomore, junior, or senior who was chosen and
                    future plans.                                                trained to address some of the concerns many students
                    At Orientation, students will meet with faculty and          have when they start college. With knowledge of
                    professional staff facilitators to select their fall         basic academic advising, the NSL is a good source to
                    courses and will then register for courses online.           answer questions about Core requirements, registration
                    The two-day Orientation session is an introduction           procedures, planning for meetings with a faculty
                    to the numerous opportunities students have to               advisor, and other advising resources on campus. NSLs
                    engage with faculty and the numerous resources for           work closely with the Peer Academic Advisors in ACDC.
                                                                                                                                            Additionally, the Core includes a diversity requirement    • 10 courses, required from particular disciplinary
                    academic support and advising.                               For more information about academic support and            (both U.S. Diversity and World Diversity) that will help     areas, that give each student the opportunity to
                                                                                 related resources, visit fairfield.edu/acdc.               students develop a critical consciousness of themselves      choose a unique experience, by exploring his or her
                                                                                                                                            and society.                                                 own interests and passions and becoming exposed
                                                                                 THE CORE CURRICULUM                                                                                                     to new ideas and ways of thinking
                                                                                 Fairfield University’s 20 liberal arts Core courses        Learn more about these areas of Core study and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Students are encouraged to make the Core personally
                                                                                 give students the knowledge and skills to better           requirements at fairfield.edu/core.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       meaningful by following six paths to self-discovery —
                                                                                 understand the world and their place in it. Core           To learn more about the diversity requirement and          six ways of making connections among various
                                                                                 courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, but       to see a selection of courses to choose from, visit        areas of study. To learn more about what these
                                                                                 together they have two goals: enabling students            fairfield.edu/usworlddiversity.                            Core Pathways are and how they can assist students
                                                                                 to become thinking and caring global citizens, and                                                                    in exploring the Core, visit fairfield.edu/core.
                                                                                 providing a general educational background that            PLANNING STUDY IN THE CORE                                 Interdisciplinary courses and majors, courses that
                                                                                 serves to put into perspective the more in-depth
                                                                                                                                            Most Core courses are taken within the first two           involve service learning, and those that have students
                                                                                 intellectual or technical mastery students gain in their
                                                                                                                                            years at Fairfield University. However, precisely when     conduct their own research are especially conducive
                                                                                 major program.
                                                                                                                                            students should take various Core courses depends,         to helping students find connections among the
                                                                                 The Core Curriculum includes five general areas            in part, upon their major. Facilitators at Orientation     many academic offerings at Fairfield. Finally, because
                                                                                 of study:                                                  — and faculty advisors throughout the four years at        many Core courses can also be counted toward major
                                                                                                                                            Fairfield — will assist students in selecting a schedule   and minor programs, students can still pursue more
                                                                                 1. Mathematics and Natural Sciences
                                                                                                                                            that meets Core requirements.                              than one intellectual interest in greater depth even
                                                                                 2. History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
                                                                                                                                            Core courses are organized, in general, into two groups:   as they meet the Core requirements. For a list of all
                                                                                 3. Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Applied Ethics
                                                                                                                                                                                                       interdisciplinary minors, as well as all majors, visit
                                                                                 4. English and Visual and Performing Arts                  • courses that form a common experience for
                                                                                                                                              most students
                                                                                 5. Modern and Classical Languages

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                                                    ACADEMIC PLANNING                                                                                              ACADEMIC PLANNING
                    COURSE SELECTION FOR                                      mathematics, since many courses in these disciplines                                                                 Assessment of Students’ Language Skills
                    FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS                                       must be taken in sequence and are required for upper                                                                 We require all students who have acquired some
                    Class Registration                                        level courses.                                                                                                       fluency in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian,
                    At Orientation, academic planning sessions will           Students are placed in the appropriate level of                                                                      and/or Spanish whether through study in high school,
                    be run by faculty and academic administrators with        mathematics based on courses taken and grades                                                                        at home, or through living abroad — take the Language
                    an interest and special training in working with          received during high school and, to a lesser extent,                                                                 Placement Exam in one of these languages, even if
                    incoming students. With that advice, students will        on math SAT scores, if submitted.                                                                                    they do not intend to continue the studies in any of
                    register for their fall semester classes before the end                                                                                                                        them. The Action Items section of this Guide contains
                                                                              A student’s academic goals and major requirements
                    of Orientation.                                                                                                                                                                more information about taking the online Language
                                                                              are also considered. The Academic Interests
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Placement Exam.
                                                                              Questionnaire, which students must complete
                    Typical Course Loads and Schedules
                                                                              by May 19, provides the information needed                                                                           If students choose to continue study in one of those
                    Students normally enroll in five, 3 or 4-credit hour
                                                                              for mathematics faculty to determine students’                                                                       languages, the score on the placement exam will
                    courses each semester at Fairfield University.
                                                                              placement.                                                                                                           determine the beginning level of study at Fairfield.
                    However, a student will be considered full-time
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Students who place into the intermediate level
Academic Planning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Academic Planning
                    while taking a minimum of four courses or 12 credits.     Guidelines for the Language Requirement
                                                                                                                                                                                                   will need to complete two semesters of language
                    The section entitled Sample Schedules outlines the        Reasons for the Language Requirement
                                                                                                                                                                                                   study, while those who place at the elementary
                    recommended courses to be taken by first-year             In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability                                                                 level will need four semesters. Currently, there isn't
                    students during the fall semester. For many students      to understand and communicate across ethnic,                                                                         a Language Placement Exam in Arabic, Japanese,
                    those courses will include EN 11, a math course,          cultural, ideological, and national boundaries is                                                                    Hebrew, Portuguese, Greek, or Latin. Students who
                    and a language course. Also, all first-year students      essential. Since language is the primary vehicle for
                                                                                                                                        studied, or have otherwise acquired some fluency in,       plan to start a new language need not and should not
                    take a Cornerstone course that meets a major or           communication, one goal of the Core Curriculum
                                                                                                                                        one or more of those languages are required to take        take the placement exam in this new language. All
                    Core requirement and an FYE seminar. For more             is to ensure that Fairfield graduates acquire facility
                                                                                                                                        the Exam for one of the languages they are familiar        students should indicate their language preference on
                    information about Cornerstones and FYE, refer to          with at least one language other than English. Hence,
                                                                                                                                        with. The assessment results will enable students, along   the Academic Interests Questionnaire found online on
                    the Getting Started section of this Guide.                most students are required to complete the study
                                                                                                                                        with their faculty advisors, to make informed decisions    the First-Year Student Checklist.
                    Guidelines for First-Year Mathematics Placement           of a modern language or a classical language at the
                                                                                                                                        about language courses at Fairfield.
                                                                              intermediate level.                                                                                                  Guidelines for Pre-Health/Pre-Med Planning
                    Students should enroll in the highest numbered
                                                                                                                                        Students with a high school background in a                Fairfield offers a challenging, competitive, and
                    mathematics course that their high school                 If a student elects to study a language not studied in
                                                                                                                                        particular language may want to continue their             highly successful pre-medical/pre-dental/pre-health
                    preparation in mathematics allows. This will permit       high school, typically four (4) semesters of a Modern
                                                                                                                                        studies to improve their proficiency. Other students       professional program called the Health Professions
                    students to build upon the foundation that was            Language or three (3) semesters of Greek or Latin are
                                                                                                                                        prefer to use college as an opportunity to learn a         Program, or HPP. Students in this program pursue
                    established in high school and will provide greater       required to complete the intermediate level.
                                                                                                                                        completely different language, one that they do not        studies in a field or major of their personal interest while
                    flexibility when choosing a major or changing majors.
                                                                              Because of specialized programs of study, students        know or that was not offered at their high school.         taking those courses necessary for admission to medical
                    This is especially true if students are considering a
                                                                              in the School of Engineering do not have to fulfill the                                                              and dental schools, as well as any of the professional
                    major in the School of Engineering, Dolan School                                                                    For these students, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,
                                                                              Foreign Language requirement; students in the Dolan                                                                  schools for allied health careers, such as optometry,
                    of Business, the sciences, computer science, or                                                                     Portuguese, or Russian-languages that the U.S.
                                                                              School of Business must complete two semesters                                                                       physical and occupational therapy, podiatry and more.
                                                                                                                                        Government has designated as Critical National
                                                                              of a modern language or classical language at any
                                                                                                                                        Security languages in which the need for specialists       Students who are considering the health professions
                                                                              level; and students in the School of Nursing have to
                                                                                                                                        is growing-could be choices to consider. All students      as a career should identify themselves and meet
                                                                              meet either the Foreign Language require­ment or the
                                                                                                                                        are encouraged to consider starting one of these           with the Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Geoffrey
                                                                              Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
                                                                                                                                        critical languages. Students considering studying          Church, as early as possible in the fall semester
                                                                              Students whose placement score allows them to             abroad as part of their college experience may             (gchurch@fairfield.edu, ext. 2485, 207 Bannow).
                                                                              place out of the language requirement may choose          want to begin — or continue — learning the primary         A great deal of careful planning over three to four
                                                                              to either continue with the study of their chosen         language of the country in                                 years must be done in order to prepare a strong
                                                                              language in order to work toward a minor or major or      which they are planning to do coursework.                  application for advanced study. Therefore, an early
                                                                              start a new language.                                                                                                meeting allows students to make sure they are on
                                                                                                                                        Many students include a foreign language course
                                                                                                                                                                                                   track with program requirements while there is still
                                                                              Deciding which Language to Study                          in their first semester of college, especially if they
                                                                                                                                                                                                   time to add or drop courses as appropriate.
                                                                                                                                        are building on skills learned in high school. Faculty
                                                                              As the section below describes, Fairfield uses a
                                                                                                                                        members from the Department of Modern Languages            To apply to health professions schools, students need
                                                                              Language Placement Exam to assess students’ skills
                                                                                                                                        will be available during Orientation to help incoming      to have foundational knowledge in science. Many pre-
                                                                              in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and
                                                                                                                                        students explore all their options for language study.     health students elect to pursue a degree in one of the
                                                                              Spanish. All incoming students who have previously

                    First-Year Student Guide                                                                                                                                                                                                www.fairfield.edu
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