Northwest College

First Year Experience

Northwest College's First Year Experience Program is located inside the Advising Center, ORB 101. Stop by and grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and visit with us.

First Year Experience:

  • is dedicated to successful student transition to college
  • connects students to other campus areas and programs
  • provides academic advising
  • provides peer mentors and/or success coaching
  • coordinates the "First Year Seminars," a class that paves the way for college success and includes other life skills
  • empowers students to succeed
  • helps solve academic problems
  • provides parent tips for successful transition for students

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Last Minute Checklist

Are you worried that you might be forgetting something or not know what you need to know before arriving to college?  Here is a last minute checklist. 

For Parents

Setting up Students to Succeed

This article from the Center for Public Education identifies data which helps students persist in college.  Results are summarized below:

  • Students should take a high-level math in high school
  • Students should take AP (Advanced Placement) classes and have a rigorous curriculum in high school
  • Students should meet with their Academic Advisor, not just once, but often.
  • Low socioeconomic status did not seem to be a determining factor to non-persistence if the student had met the conditions above.
  • Students' GPA and time spent on homework in high school had a statistically significant impact on if they continued college into their sophomore year.